LANCASTER, PA - The Wolverines didn't miss a beat in Saturdays non-conference season opener as they cruised to a 19 - 5 win against the Lancaster Bible Chargers. It has been 360 days since the women's lacrosse team last took the field to compete since the 2020 season shut down. They advance to 1-0 in their final season.
"It means the world to have the opportunity to compete again," said senior midfielder Kassie Dieter. "We had so much going for us last season and to have that striped away was heartbreaking, but I'm excited to have another chance to showcase our team's talent."
The Wolverine's talent was on full display with sophomore Margaret Johnson leading the way with five goals and nine draw controls. Dieter (4), Cat Bennett (4), Hanna Giaccone (3) and Emily Caldarelli (2) all found the back of the net multiple times for the Wolverines, while freshman Madison Sumner got on the board early for her first collegiate goal. Lindsey Lurz led with three assists in the victory while Kathleen Martin, Giaccone, Sumner and Dieter all tallied one.
This comeback season has extra meaning to the Wolverines as this will be the last time they compete together since news broke of the decision not to continue Division III athletics after the acquisition with Delaware State University.
"It's heartbreaking but at the same time it's motivation towards making this season the best we can," said Giaccone, "we know it's the last time playing in our jersey's, with our teammates and coach as a Wolverine."
The Wolverines are slated for a condensed seven game season. They open up Atlantic East competition Saturday March 20th away at Immaculata. Opening draw is scheduled for 1 p.m.