With an undefeated record and two weeks off from competitive play, the Women of Troy are ready to take on Michigan and Vermont Friday and Saturday, respectively, at home.
“We’re just excited to have another game,” head coach Lindsey Munday said. “It’s been a long stretch. It was a good opportunity, though, to rest our bodies and to make sure that we’re improving on the things that we saw from the first two games.”
In just their fourth year as a program, the Trojans have raced off to their best start in program history with a 2-0 record, including a commanding 11-5 win against No. 5 ranked Duke on Feb. 20.
In the team’s success, the veteran seniors and strong team chemistry have been instrumental.
“Our seniors have done a great job not only bringing in our freshman, but also welcoming my class, and they do a great job not only leading by example, but also making sure everyone is included,” sophomore goalie Gussie Johns said. “I’ve found that the closer your team is, the better you play together, and I really think that’s one of our strengths going into the season.”
In the team’s two victories, Johns and the Trojan defense have only allowed seven shots to enter the back of the net.
“Our defensive unit is so close,” Johns said. “We’ve had the same unit for the past two years, and that’s really helped us. We’ve just worked really hard to get that cohesiveness, especially throughout preseason.”
Maintaining a strong defensive front will be crucial for the Trojans as they prepare to face Michigan’s powerful offense. With six games under their belt and a 4-2 record, the Wolverines have produced dominant wins against Central Michigan, Marquette, SDSU and Canisius while only losing to No. 7 Florida and Oregon by a margin of one in each game. A key asset to the Wolverine offense will be junior captain Tess Korten, who was crucial in the team’s win against Canisius, notching a hat trick in the first half.
The Trojan offensive lineup boasts junior attacker Michaela Michael, who won MPSF Player of the Week following the team’s win against Stetson, and junior attacker and midfielder Kylie Drexel who scored four goals against Duke.
With two weeks off, the Trojans have been honing in on their technical skills and focusing on getting better each and every day. In their first match-up in program history, the Trojans are excited for the opportunity to play a new team.
“The biggest thing is we always want to focus on us,” Munday said. “We need to make sure we focus on the details and make sure that we play our style of lacrosse all over the field. We want to be in charge. It’s exciting to play a new team that we haven’t seen before.”
The Women of Troy will battle against Michigan at 3:00 p.m. Friday at McAlister Field and Vermont Saturday at 3 p.m. at the same location.