As the weather has cleared up and gotten warmer, attending outdoor sports events has become much more bearable. This past week (while many of us were traveling and relaxing at home) the W&L Men’s Lacrosse team posted two great one-goal victories. Winning is common for W&L teams, but these victories were special. First, the lacrosse team beat the number 1 seed in the country, Salisbury, in double overtime. After this game, the team traveled to Ohio to face, then ranked 10th, Denison. This was also a close game with Garrett Paglia, a sophomore, scoring with 2:04 to put the Generals on top. With these wins W&L is now ranked 9th in the country. As this is the highest W&L has been ranked in lacrosse in the past few years it is reason to celebrate. However, I believe that an even better thing to celebrate is the rare breed of student-athlete that W&L has.
As a whole W&L students are very talented and have many different interests. This also applies to our athletes. Although some may be described as stereotypical “jocks” most student-athletes here carry more interests than those just on the field, in the weight room, swimming pool, etc. Many of the student-athletes at W&L have been known to exhibit their artwork, post the music they create online, participate in non-sport oriented clubs, and study abroad. This diversity within a category simply shows how widely held the belief of being well round is here at W&L. Students do not simply focus on one thing and put their head down, they explore many areas of interest.
The liberal arts education pushes students to explore different areas of study. It is this learning style, and the surrounding students, that encourage all students to participate in diverse events. If you speak to students you will find that while one may be in a business related club, that same person may also write for the school paper or blog.
The diversity of each individual student is one of the many things that makes W&L a special place. Each person has so much to offer and is as interesting as the next.
Elizabeth Bucklee ’13
Hometown: Princeton, NJ
Major(s)/Minor(s): American History
What clubs/activities are you involved in on campus? Women’s Lacrosse, Mock Con Social Committee, Vice President Public Relations Kappa Alpha Theta, Student Advisory Committe
How are you involved in the Lexington community? Volunteer work with my Lacrosse team
What are some of your other hobbies/interests? Community Service
Favorite weekend activity? Going for drives with my best friends
Favorite thing about Lexington? How gorgeous it is during the fall and spring. The horse carriage rides that go by as you walk to class.
What’s your favorite W&L memory? Winning ODACs my freshman year. One night when my friends and I didn’t go out and we just stayed at Theta and watched a movie. Tubing last spring.
What’s the best encounter you’ve had with a faculty or staff member? Going over to Professor Beckley’s home to have dinner with his wife and the rest of my Poverty 103 class.
This Friday is the annual Lee-Jackson Classic Lacrosse game. As a sophomore lacrosse player I see this game as an opportunity to not only beat VMI but to also put all the hard work from the past two months into play. The game is held at night and the stands are always full. This atmosphere is truly one of the best experiences I’ve had at W&L. Although the amount of time that lacrosse takes up can sometimes prevent me from taking part in other clubs at W&L, the times I have had with the team are very rewarding and have brought me closer with kids I would not have usually met.
It’s a great day to be a General! February Break proved to be worth the time and effort spent on the field as the Women’s Lacrosse Team emerged from the break 3-0! After some close games, an overtime win against Mary Washington and a goal-winning shot with 30 seconds left against Stevenson, the Generals are happy to have finished Feb Break on a positive note.
Our team traveled to Atlanta for a week of training. It was great to get a change of scenery from little Lexington and we were lucky to get some sun, too. Our practice turf field was beautiful and we couldn’t have asked for better weather. The W&L Atlanta Alumni Chapter hosted a dinner with the team and it was such a great evening! We had the opportunity to mingle with some undergraduate alumns and some alumns from the Law School as well. The pre-game dinner and W&L cookie cake was amazing and definitely helped us with our win against Sewanee!
Much to my sore legs’ dismay, I saw our turf field being plowed today during my walk across Cadaver Bridge. This sight was soon followed up by an email from my coach saying that yes, practice was still going to be held this afternoon.
Snow or no snow, it’s preseason and women’s lacrosse will be holding practice whether we are out on the turf in 20 degree weather or inside the gym while the snow accumulates outside. It has been a tough week and a half of preseason practice but our season opener against Mary Washington is helping the team to see the light at the end of the tunnel.
Hopefully I don’t miss a pass today and have to chase it down before it lands in a pile of snow…. then it’s adios and see you in March when the snow melts!
The Gennies have been working hard on and off the field since January in preparation for the lacrosse season! During February Break, we traveled to Baltimore and the DC area to practice and play scrimmages and games. It was a great opportunity to focus during the last week of pre-season and also a chance bond together as a team during long bus rides and even a fun afternoon of shopping in Baltimore after morning practice.
So far the women’s lacrosse team is 5-4, but we still have a lot of time left in the season for some more wins. This week of practice should be tough leading up to our game next Monday against Roanoke but it will definitely be worth all of the effort when we bring home another win!