ADRIAN, Mich. – If Albion College was going to be bounced from the Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association Women's Lacrosse Tournament by league champion Adrian College Wednesday night, Head Coach Shanta Loecker wanted the Britons to go out on their terms.
Despite a 22-10 loss, Loecker believes her team achieved its goal.
"The reality is they put those last couple goals in because they were threatened all game by a team they did not expect to be threatened by," Loecker said. "Adrian has a strong team. We knew that coming in. We were outmatched physically so we had to outsmart them. We were disciplined and we stuck to the game plan."
Albion's plan was to dictate the pace and it did that, especially in stretches of the second half where the Britons were able to keep possession. Mackenzie Novak buried three second half goals to keep Adrian from taking a 10-goal lead which would have started a running clock.
Adrian finally reached the 10-goal margin with 8:15 to play when Christine Campbell scored her second goal of the contest.
Wood and first-year defender Kit Maher finished with two goals apiece. Novak dished out three assists.
Adrian got six goals and two assists from Brianna Plester and five goals and two assists from Maddie Dugan.
Albion finished its second season under Loecker's guidance with an 8-8 record. The eight victories are the most Albion has achieved in a season and it's a testament to the attitude the women maintained all season.
"This season could not have gone better," Loecker said. "The student-athletes worked so hard. All I could ask is for them to come out everyday willing to learn more. This is the most focused, eager to learn, most open-minded group of athletes I've ever coached. They came out every day and they worked very hard to get better. By no means are we the most experienced team, but we're at the top of the list when it comes to commitment, to being students of the game and wanting to improve."