Women’s lacrosse focuses on moving forward

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UConn women’s lacrosse is hitting the road, yet again, for a game against the Coastal Carolina Chanticleers. After coming off of a loss against Columbia, the Huskies believe that a positive mindset is everything. The Huskies seek to use their most recent loss as ammunition for taking on the Chanticleers.

“Coming off of a hard loss, as a team , we are looking to move forward together and use the Columbia game as a lesson,” said Olivia Miles. “Going into our next game, we really focused on working for each other, as well as with each other on offense.”

Miles contributed to her team in a variety of ways, despite their loss to Columbia. So moving forward, she was able to reflect on what she must do in order to continue assisting her team in the ways needed from her.

When describing areas that she intends to capitalize on in the Huskies game against Coastal Carolina, Miles said, “being an attacker. I find a lot of success cutting off the ball. In our game, I plan on working with my teammates to cut for them or to make sure I am cutting and creating lanes that will allow opportunities for my teammates to either drive or find the better option.”

As a team, UConn works on getting everyone involved on both ends of the field. Although stats may show one player as being the dominant force, success can be attributed to the others on the field, as well.

“I found great opportunities in the Columbia game because of the work my teammates were doing to help set me up for success.” Miles said. “Using the positives from Columbia, we have a solid game plan that will be successful against our next opponent.”

It appears that the Huskies have a plan to seek redemption, which may be found against Coastal Carolina.

As the goalie for the Huskies, Grace Beshlian has worked tremendously hard game in and game out. Beshlian plays the entirety of the game and every save or point scored by the opponent is up to her to stop.

“There is a lot of pressure on the goalie as the last line of defense, but I always like the idea of playing with a short term memory,” said Beshlian. “Our coach always says the other team is going to take shots and they are going to score and that is okay. It all depends on how we respond to that, so whether that is trying to make a save on the next shot or being helpful in transition, it’s important to focus on the next play and know that you can’t change what is in the past.”

Playing with the short term memory that Beshlian described is surely a part of the positive mindset that the Huskies wish to keep and assists them in moving forward. Success cannot be found in the past. Their record isn’t what the Huskies are focusing on rather than getting better as the season progresses.

The Huskies will be taking on Coastal Carolina at 2:00 pm this afternoon.


Hanaisha Lewis is a campus correspondent for The Daily Campus. She can be reached via email at hanaisha.lewis@uconn.edu.

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