Women’s Lax Sinks LaSalle

Sophomore Megan Janson scored three goals for the women’s lacrosse team on Sunday in the team’s 14-10 victory over LaSalle. Through two games, Janson, a midfielder from Morristown, NJ, has five goals – nearly half of her output from all of last season. But Janson has no interest in talking about her personal achievements.”I am horrible at talking about myself, so I just won’t do it,” she said, choosing instead to praise her team at great length for being…well, a team. “To describe the camaraderie on our team in words would not do it justice,” Janson said. “We are not just a ‘team,’ we are not even a ‘family’ – we are much more than that. Every member of our team plays a large role; they probably have a bigger impact on the rest of the team than they even realize. Every player can come onto the field and make a difference in the game. Every player can sit on the bench and make a difference. We impact each other on and off the field.”Janson’s team-first, team-only attitude is paying dividends for the women’s lacrosse team, which improved to 2-0 with the win over the LaSalle Explorers in the first of eight consecutive games the squad will play away from Hamilton in the coming weeks.All three members of the Raiders’ three-pronged scoring attack, Janson, junior Katie McVeigh and first-year Jess Van der Meulen, posted hat tricks for Colgate to lead the team to a hard-fought win in icy conditions at Villanova University, where the game was played. Colgate trailed the Explorers early on, falling behind, 3-1, by the 23:09 mark of the first half. Goals by McVeigh, junior Eden Haladay and junior tri-captain Kelly Winning kept the game close, but it would not be until the latter part of the first half that the Raider offense would hit high gear. Head coach Katrina Silva attributed the team’s slow starts in the young season to “ironing out the kinks that every team has early in the year.””Maybe we just like to keep games interesting,” Silva said jokingly, stressing her team’s ability to make critical adjustments at halftime.When Colgate’s offense did find its rhythm, it played a killer solo. The Raiders rattled off five consecutive goals in a 10-minute span in the first half, effectively taking control of the game. Winning found Janson for a goal to start the run, and McVeigh finished it with an unassisted score to give the Raiders an 8-6 advantage at the half.Colgate picked up where it left off in the second half, as Janson and Van der Meulen each scored two goals, all of them unassisted. Van der Meulen now has two hat tricks in two collegiate games, and for her efforts was named the Patriot League Rookie of the Week this week.”She’s a player who’s very good,” Silva said of her first-year star, “but she still makes freshman mistakes. She’s a quick learner who is only going to get better.”LaSalle would score the game’s final two goals to keep the score respectable, with one of them coming with one second left in the game. But the Explorers’ last-second score had already been rendered meaningless by the Raiders’ domination of the first three quarters of the contest.McVeigh’s six goals in games against Albany and LaSalle earned her Patriot League Offensive Player of the Week honors. She is now tied for eighth place on Colgate’s career points and goals list, with 107 goals and 134 points.From here, the Raiders hit the road; the team will travel the country during the next two weeks, starting with a trip back to Philadelphia this weekend to take on Temple and Villanova and ending with match-ups against California-Berkeley and Stanford on the sunnier fields of California. It’s going to be a grueling cross-country journey, but Colgate seems up for the challenge.”I do not see our team being negatively affected by the schedule,” Janson said. “At the end of the vacation, we will return home to our fans with a couple more stories, a couple more war wounds and, hopefully, a couple more wins under our belt.”