Despite loss, Chou shines on Senior Day for women’s lacrosse

Katherine Harris, Senior Writer

The women’s lacrosse team finished its season on April 18 with a senior day game at home against Boston University. The Bison competed hard, but were unable to pull out the win and lost to the Terriers 11-9 on the day.

Seniors were the stars of the show, as all nine were honored with a brief ceremony before the game. All six seniors who were able to play started the match, while the three seniors who are currently injured, Arriana Sajjad ’15, Claire Switala ’15, and Alex Wallace ’15, received hearty applause from the crowd for their contributions over the years.

“It was exciting to get a chance to play in my last home game as a Bison athlete, but also very sad,” Emily Kookogey ’15 said.

Of the seniors who started, all of them showed their skill and experience in their performances for the Bison. Caroline Collins ’15, a frequent starter for the squad, recorded three draw controls, which brought her career total to 99. On the offensive side of the field, Kookogey continued her recent streak of goals by scoring one during the game, along with assisting teammates for two more goals.

Seniors Chloe Chou ’15 and Cori Thielemann ’15 showed how much their time as members of the Orange and Blue squad meant to them by contributing to the offense as well. Thielemann recorded a goal and three draw controls during her start, and Chou scored her second career goal, which also happened to be her first since freshman year.

“It was amazing to play in the game on Saturday, not only because it was the last one, but also because it was senior day. It’s a little different for me because playing time is not something that comes often for me, so being able to play against a competitive team, on our home field, one last time, and score and contribute to the game, was truly remarkable. It was definitely a bittersweet moment since we lost and it was the end of my career,” Chou said.

They were joined by solid performances by their senior teammates Carly Downs ’15 and Blair McDonald ’15.

Besides the senior members of the team, many other Bison athletes stepped up on the day. In goal, Elizabeth Duswalt ’17 had nine total saves. The star performer, however, was Gretchen Richter ’18, who scored four goals and recorded four draw controls, a statistic which gave her the school-record with 84 draw controls this season. Mary Margaret Kenney ’18 and Becca Golding ’17 also contributed to the Bison total of nine goals.

“Being a part of this team for four years has given me the chance to make an absolutely amazing group of friends that I can call my family for the rest of my life,” Kookogey said.

Unfortunately, the day’s significance and strong individual outings for many of the team members were not enough to propel the Orange and Blue to victory. The team finished with 22 turnovers to their opponent’s 14, a difference which played a significant role in the final loss of 11-9 for the Bison. The team finished the season with a 2-15 record overall, and a 0-8 Patriot League season.

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