By Shannon Rostick, GoPSUsports.com
Student Staff Writer
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa.- With only
two games left in the regular season, the senior women's lacrosse players are
reflecting back on their time with the team and making the best of the time
they have left.
Seniors Madison Cyr, Heather Herman, Ally Heavens, Jenna Mosketti and Emi
Smith all agree that
they are not ready to be done with the team that has brought that so many
memories over their careers.
devoted so much of their time at Penn State to practices, games, watching film,
and traveling together, and that is something each and every senior does not
want to end.
are upset to have only two games left in their regular season, but they are
excited that their last ever regular season games are on their home field.
to be ending, but I wouldn't have it any other way. Having Northwestern and
Maryland be our last two games and be at home is awesome and we are going to go
out with a bang," said Smith.
thinks that the team plays better at home and truly does have that home-field
advantage. With the vibes from the crowd and from the team as a whole, she
believes that it helps them to play their best.
also agreed that being at home for the end of their season is the best thing
for the team.
to our advantage being at home. We will have a good crowd cheering for us and
that makes it so much better," said Heavens.
takes up a lot of the players' time, which has helped them to keep their minds
off of graduation and the culmination of their time with the team.
been so consumed with lacrosse and it's nice to have the game to distract
myself with, so it hasn't really hit me yet," said Heavens.
Cyr agreed and
said that with so much time being devoted to the game and her schoolwork she
hasn't had enough time to sit down and think about the end of her career as a
player and as a student.
a slightly different stance, in the fact that their playing time continues
through graduation, which makes the transition more manageable.
playing when school is done, so it's not like when we're done, we're done. We
still have some time to keep playing after we graduate, so I haven't really
thought too much about it yet," said Smith.
also reflected back on their season so far and the success they have had as a
team up to this point.
had an incredible season. Our team has never had a record like we do right now
and we are still having a great season," said Smith.
criticism the girls had of their season, was how hard they were on themselves
after a loss.
way too much on our losses even though we've had a great season. But I guess
that's a good part of our team because we expect so much from ourselves," said
are looking forward to the rest of the season ahead, and hope that they can
look back after it is all over and be proud of the work they have done this
has been their home for the past four years and has given the girls an
incredible opportunity to become a part of the community, build relationships,
and integrate themselves into the amazing Penn State culture.
is quickly coming upon them, the players are excited to be a part of the alumni
base and to experience a different part of the school's culture.
no place like Penn State and being on a team that has brought us all together
from so many different places is awesome," said Heavens.
talked about how big the alumni base is and that she loves that no matter where
she ends up she will always have someone yelling "We Are" at her whens she's
wearing Penn State.
four years also mean that the girls have had lots of time to bond and get to
know each other. They spend all of their time together and they have become
like their own little family.
"We are not
just teammates, we are sisters and Missy (Head coach Missy Doherty) is like our
mom," said Cyr.
bonds make it hard for the underclassmen to see the seniors go, but they are
making sure to celebrate and honor the work they have put into the team with a
Senior Day celebration this upcoming weekend prior to their game.
game, the seniors will receive gifts and videos from their underclassmen
teammates and will be walked onto the field by friends and family.
be a great way to honor the seniors who have put so much time, energy, and love
into the team.
Lions will take the field this Saturday, April 23 at 12 p.m. against Northwestern.