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Boxer lacrosse ends season of hardships

Bobby Ulrich

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Even though the Pacific University lacrosse team did not have an ideal season, the future looks bright and promising for the program. The Boxers finishing 0-10 on the season is no indication of the growth that is possible with a young and inexperienced team. 

With more than half of the team being underclassmen, a limited roster and a quarter of the team playing the sport for the first time, the Boxers have gained respect in the conference and have room for success down the road. 

Along with the future of rebuilding of players, head coach Jacqueline O’Hara decided to resign as head coach after the season concluded. 

Three of the four all conference athletes selected this season will still be eligible to play next season. Sophomores Dakota Dantzer and Roya Tahmassebi, were awarded first team all conference honors. 

Along with these underclassmen, junior Jasmyne Adame-Content was awarded with second team all conference. 

One of the most difficult parts of the season for the Boxers was the fact that the team had multiple injuries early on, leading to the team not having enough players to field a complete team. 

The lacrosse team had to play down in three of their games, one of which they had to play with two players less than the other team on the field. 

“Pretty much everyone that was actually able to run had to play midfield and run up and down the field playing every position there is,” first team all conference sophomore Dakota Dantzer said. “It was just physically draining everyone.” 

Even due to the fact that they played multiple games without a complete team on the field, the Boxers were commended by other teams for their heart and fight during the entire season. 

With regards to the coaching situation, players from the team have stated that assistant coach Danielle Morgan will not be immediately taking over the team. 

Morgan has mentioned to her players that she will not be applying for the head coach position as she is fresh out of college and only has one season of coaching lacrosse under her belt. 

She believes a more experienced coach will be a better fit for the head coach position at this time. Morgan wants to learn all there is about coaching before she takes on the responsibility of being a head coach and having complete control of a program. 

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Boxer lacrosse ends season of hardships