Stanford Looks to Right Ship After Notre Dame Loss
We finally have begun our spring season. This past Saturday we took a tough 12-10 loss in our home season-opener against Notre Dame. We were playing so great in the first half, and having so much fun, leading Notre Dame 7-2. It was just unfortunate we couldn't play like that for the full 60 minutes. Huge props go out to Notre Dame for fighting and coming back like they did, but this loss really feels like we lost the game through our own mistakes.
Momentum was really key in this game. We had it in the first half, and then Notre Dame came out strong in the second half with a couple quick goals to get it swinging in its direction. Keeping momentum in your direction can be difficult when you let it affect your game. Even though we were still winning the game, we could all feel the pressure to make our next plays count. We were trying to do too much and, in the process, made a lot of little mistakes. The key to swinging the momentum back is keeping calm and keeping the confidence up. The team ended up losing both its composure and confidence.
After a loss like this, I know a lot of players on my team, including myself, felt in some way responsible for the loss. For me, I thought if only I had saved a few more shots we would have won. However, as I was reminded after the game, you have to remember that you win games as a team and you lose games as a team. There wasn't a let up on just the attack, or just the defense. It was truly a team loss. It's really easy to become frustrated and negative after a loss. However, there were a lot of positives that came out of that game.
Last year our team was 8-10, finished unranked, and we lost in the MPSF final losing our shot to make it into the NCAA tournament. On Saturday we held a top-10 team in the country to only two goals in the first half. We showed we have so much potential to reach our goals and we now have confidence that we can accomplish those goals. Our team has worked so hard this year to make sure we have a different outcome this season. I think our future is very bright, and there's still a lot of lacrosse left to be played this season.
On a completely different topic, here is the Stanford women's lacrosse version of the Harlem Shake video. You may have seen these viral videos spreading like crazy all over the country. It was filmed in our brand new locker room.