Lacrosse Season Recap 2014
The inaugural season of Saint Mary’s lacrosse saw the young Belles team battle in each contest while handling challenges in stride during the 2014 season.
With just 12 players available to take the field for most of the season, the Saint Mary’s lacrosse team kicked off the year with four games in Tennessee over spring break. Improving each game, the Belles had their closest contest of the trip in their final game - a 9-5 loss against Defiance.
The Belles returned to the Midwest and were very competitive in a 12-7 loss at Aurora in March. The seven goals were the most in a game for the team through their first five games of the year.
After a pair of setbacks on the road against Concordia (Wis.) and Kalamazoo, the Belles got into the winning column in a big way in their first-ever home game. Saint Mary’s closed out the first half with eight unanswered goals and added six more to start the second period of play to build an insurmountable lead and take a 16-4 win over Illinois Tech. Eight different players scored at least a goal for the Belles in their first win in program history.
Two home games later, Saint Mary’s earned their first conference win in program history with a thrilling 9-8 double-overtime win over in-state rival Trine. The never-say-die Belles tied the game with just over a minute remaining in the first overtime period, and goalkeeper Stephanie Szymas had a big save in the final 30 seconds of the period to force the sudden-victory second overtime. Aubrey Golembieski ended the game after sending home the game-winner less than two minutes into the second overtime.
That win in goal was more than enough for Szymas to be named the MIAA Defensive Player of the Week the following Monday.
Aubrey Golembieski led the team in goals (39), points (43), shots (77), ground balls (47), and draw controls (69). Jackie Loesch added 18 goals, and Sarah Neeser tallied 12 goals on the year. Tess Guerrero paced the Belles with a team-high eight assists. The defense was led by Katlynn Dee’s 25 caused turnovers while Stephanie Szymas tallied 141 saves in goal.
The Belles finished their first season with a 2-13 overall record and a 1-7 conference record and, with no seniors on the squad in 2014, are poised for even more success in 2015.