It was a long time coming.
Three years after Eastern Mennonite University announced they were adding the sport, and two years after Coach Katie Russo was hired, the EMU women's lacrosse team took the field on Saturday. It was a day and game full of firsts.
Unfortunately, one of those firsts was not the first win, as the Royals fell 21-3 to undefeated Juniata College in Huntingdon, Pa. But the team improved as the game went along, limiting Juniata in the second half in the first game in program history.
EMU plays again next Wednesday in their first ever home game as they host Bethany at 4:00pm.
Morgan Tricarico (Culpeper, Va./Eastern View) scored the first ever goal for EMU at the 25:23 mark in the first half as they trailed 3-1. After three goals more goals by Juniata, Cat Hammond (Washington, N.J./Warren Hills) struck next for the Royals on shot setup by Mykenzie Davis (Lititz, Pa./Day Spring Christian) with 18:19 remaining in the first half. EMU trailed 15-2 going into halftime.
Tricarico scored the third and final goal for EMU in the game just over ten minutes into the second half. She finished with six shots on goal, two ground balls, four draw controls, and two caused turnovers.
Arianna Nixon (Charlottesville, Va./Monticello) had three saves in the cage as the starting keeper and five ground balls for the Royals. Callie Habr (Virginia Beach, Va./Bayside) had six saves as she played the second half in the cage. Kenzie Gardner (Alexandria, Va./Annandale) led EMU with three caused turnovers to go with two ground balls.
They Royals will host a Women's Lacrosse Open House on Monday to showcase a rules overview of the game, a short simulation of play, introduction of players and a chance for attendees to get on the field themselves. The open house will start at 5:00pm on the EMU Turf Field, with light refreshments available.