Payton MacLean, Contributing Writer
On Sunday, April 2, the Wooster women’s lacrosse team traveled to Kalamazoo College for their last non-conference matchup of the season. Wooster defeated the Hornets with ease, earning their ninth victory of the year in comfortable fashion. Wooster has come out victorious in all but one of the 10 contests they have participated in this season. This early demonstration of dominance is nothing new for the program, as the team has finished with a winning percentage above .650 every year since 2014 with the exception of 2020, which only featured five contests due to COVID-19 regulations.
Even with an incredible track record, some fans were concerned about losing access to the highly coveted John P. Papp stadium, or “the Papp” as it is often called. This has posed problems for the team, as the construction of a new turf field began at the beginning of the season, resulting in the abrupt home-field relocation to Triway High School, about four miles down the road. Fortunately, this potentially troublesome adjustment has not been shown to have any effect in slowing down the Scots this season, as they have made a habit of battering opponents left and right, winning eight games this year by a 10+ goal margin while maintaining a perfect home record.
These victories have found a common theme in the featuring of repeated strong performances from the dynamic middie trio of Britta Treu ’23, Kenzie Morris ’25 and Hannah Shaw ’23, each of whom have put up over 35 points respectively. Treu has established herself as the on-field general and leads the team with a whopping 30 assists out of the team’s 71 total. The team’s attacking trio of Kenzie Smith ’24, Lizzie Hardy ’26 and Jill Murray ’23 have been an absolute firing squad so far, relentlessly peppering the net on their way to a combined 54 goals. Sophomore sensation Kaitlyn McBride has contributed 18 goals of her own this season and, when asked about the team’s success, stated that the “team’s natural bond has resulted in a lot of on-field chemistry” and that “the introduction of large classes of freshmen over the last two seasons have created a youthful and energetic spark” which explain the team’s knack for outworking and overpowering helpless opponents week in and week out.
The Scots have cruised through non-conference play and now have their sights set on claiming an NCAC Championship, which they have proven themselves as annual contenders for. They will open up a string of six connective conference games on April 11 with a highly anticipated matchup against the Big Red of Denison University.