Tommy Hull, Staff Writer
Mocs Women’s Lacrosse has jumped up to eighth in the IWLCA Division II coaches poll.
The ranking moves them up three spots from when they were ranked 11th back in late March.
After dropping their first two games to 15th ranked Grand Valley State, and top ranked Adelphi. The Lady Mocs have emerged victorious in 11 of their last 12 games, with notable victories over 14th ranked Mount Olive, seventh ranked Limestone, and third ranked Lindenwood.
During this surge, the Lady Mocs have scored a remarkable 14 goals per game, while allowing only 6.5 goals per game.
The individual recognition has been racking-up for them as well. Gabby Borowski has notched an IWLCA Division II Player of the Week award, the team has had an abundance of SSC Player of Week award recipients, and Ashley Robertson is one of four Lady Mocs in history to be added to the 100-goal club.
“What makes our team so successful is that we have a wide range of talent, there isn’t just one person who wins each game for us,” Gillis said. “We have different people who step up and help out for the win.”
Robertson, who plays Attack, also believes the unselfishness anchors the team’s success.
“I think what makes this team so good is that we’re able to work together as one whole unit,” Robertson said. “It’s not about individuals, and who can look the best. At the end of the day, we all just want to win.”
Defender, Grace Donovan, has a lot of confidence in her team going forward.
“We are a fantastic team full of potential, speed and determination, and I know we will go far,” Donovan said.
The SSC tournament will begin April 29 for Lady Mocs lacrosse, where they can begin their quest for the National Championship.
Gillis, who is also averaging a career best in goals allowed average and saves this season, said being ranked is an honor.
“Honestly, it feels great to be ranked, we’ve work so hard all year, and being ranked just shows off all the hard work we have put in,” Gillis said.
Robertson also believes all of the grit and determination has been a key to success.
“It’s an amazing feeling being nationally ranked,” Robertson said. “It’s something that this team has worked for since the program started, and it makes it all worth it knowing that our hard work has paid off.”