Quinnipiac women’s lacrosse team has reason for optimism


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TJ Mabardy, Women's lacrosse beat reporter

Among all sports teams across the country there is a common goal: get better every day. It is something much easier said than done, however it is the foundation of great programs.

The Quinnipiac women’s lacrosse team looks to carry that mindset into the new season.

Although the past few seasons for the Bobcats have not looked the prettiest on paper, there is reason for optimism. The team enters 2020 under the leadership of head coach Tanya Kotowicz, who has been at the helm of the Bobcats the previous three seasons. During this span Quinnipiac has been trending upwards, and hopes to continue this with the new year ahead.

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With 2019’s point leader Allison Kuhn graduating, some new players will need to step up. One of the clear leaders of this rejuvenated roster is senior attack Megan Szawlowski, senior attack was second in points for the squad last year, scoring 33 goals along with 17 assists. Szawlowski proved herself to be a teammate to rely on as she played in and started in every game last season. One other name to look out for is first-year midfielder Desiree Kleberg, who had herself a productive preseason and seems to be a key component in the Bobcat offense.

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The Bobcats matched up with their opponents better than their record would show last year, with their average goal differential lying at around -2.6, which means that they were competitive in most games.

The crucial thing to improve on for the team is goalkeeping. Last year Quinnipiac’s team save percentage finished at 42.6%. That along with allowing opposing teams 6.6 more shots per game puts the odds against the team’s favor.

The MAAC is a talented conference in 2020, however the upward-trending Bobcats have reason to believe that they can play with anyone, and hope to prove themselves.