Volume 96, Issue 20
Wednesday October 2, 2002

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Mustangs stick it to the Gryphs
Gryphons not so mystical after 12-4 loss

By BJ Noufaily
Gazette Writer

Niru Somayajula/Gazette
LOOK AT US, WE'RE LEMMINGS! Just like the furry little creatures, the Mustangs lacrosse women know when to follow the lead, evidenced by their 12-4 victory over Guelph.
Western lacrosse is still kicking ass and taking names.

On a mild, early Sunday afternoon, the Western women's lacrosse team took to the field against the Guelph Gryphons and left with a 12-4 victory.

"[We're] a great group," said Western head coach Anne Benedetti. "We play amazing lacrosse together."

The team was clearly following their coach's mantra, which calls for "responsibility for yourself and each other."

"We were a little tired," commented Guelph coach Jimmy Leworthy after the team played back-to-back games on Sunday. "We got down a little early [and] Western played awesome."

After a sluggish opening to the game, Guelph opened the scoring and Western replied with the next attack down field. After that it was all Western, with Guelph adding a couple late goals to make the score respectable.

After building a four-goal lead, the women didn't ease up, playing an intense trapping defense that kept the Gryphons on their heels. On top of the team's stingy defensive effort, solid and timely goaltending from Western's Christine Kuchma shut down Guelph.

With great communication, Western's defense tightened and its offense exploded, throwing Guelph off balance.

"Everyone has to be able to adjust on the fly and we didn't today," Leworthy said.

As a result, Western made them pay. Tera Williams had a hat trick and Anne Benedetti had four goals and two assists, to lead the Mustangs' charge.

Benedetti, one of only a handful of player coaches on campus, not only had six points in the game – while sitting out most of the second half –she did a brilliant job of coaching the team.

The players listen and respond to her refreshing positive coaching style. "[She makes it a] fun team to play for," said Mustangs defender Shawndra O'Neil.

O'Neil's teammate, Rebecca Orzech, also had good things to say about her coach. "[She is] a total role model on and off the field," she said.

Benedetti was very modest in the face of all the praise from her teammates. "I'm lucky to have them – they make my job really easy," she said of her troops.

The women's next game is a double-header at Brock University where they will face the Queen's University Golden Gaels at 11:45 a.m. and then face-off against the Brock Badgers at 1:30 p.m.

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