For Division I Women's Lacrosse, the unprecedented cancellation of college sports marked an early end to a great season. A month into the 2020 season, women's lacrosse was on fire with six undefeated teams competing for the Top-10: UNC, Notre Dame, Loyola, Dartmouth, USC and Richmond.
An Early End to a Great Season
The decision to shut down college sports was An Early End to a Great Season. Division I women's lacrosse featured top teams playing competitive schedules under the leadership of top coaches focused on winning a National Championship.
Maryland - Senior (Attack)
"Play every game like it's your last!"
Memories of waking up for early morning practices, lining up to run sprints and balancing academics with athletics - seemed like a luxury in the past.
Virtual zoom meetings and workouts with teammates could never replicate the experiences student-athletes shared on and off the field.
Maryland - Senior (Midfield)
While Brindi Griffin elected to return for a 5th-year at Maryland - Kali Hartshorn made the difficult decision to forego her extra year of eligibility and graduate with her 2020 classmates.
In an effort to rectify the lost Spring season, the NCAA extended an extra year of eligibility for impacted student-athletes. But what initially seemed like a great opportunity - wasn't feasible for most. With incoming Freshmen already signed and limited lacrosse scholarships available, the extra year of eligibility entailed paying an extra year of tuition. An economic downturn resulting from the pandemic coupled with the high cost of education, placed undue financial hardships on many student-athletes and their families - making a 5th-year untenable.
For the Ivy League, competing as a graduate student is prohibited, thus ending the careers for Seniors - except for a few who transferred to play a 5th-year. Penn's all-time points leader, Gabby Rosenzweig, took advantage of the extra year of eligibility and transferred to Duke, and Dartmouth's leading midfielder, Katie Bourque, will play at UNC for 2021.
Similarly, the Naval Academy restricted student-athletes from taking advantage of the extra year of eligibility. Navy's all time leading player, Kelly Larkin, will not return for a 5th-year as she fulfills her commitment to serve the United States Navy.
10 of 11 Syracuse seniors will return to play a 5th year in 2021 including All-American Emily Hawryschuk.
Emily Hawryschuk - Sr. (Attack)
Asa Golstaock - Sr. (Goalie)
#1 Morgan Alexander - Sr. (Attack)
#11 Vanessa Costantino - Sr. (Midfield)
#32 Ella Simkins - Sr. (Defense)
Stony Brook's top Seniors: Ally Kennedy, Taryn Ohlmiller and Sydney Gagnon will return for a 5th-year as graduate students and join USC transfer, Kelsey Huff, to go after the NCAA title.
#30 Ally Kennedy - Midfield
#21 Taryn Ohlmiller - Attack
#8 Sydney Gagnon (Defense)
#16 Kelsey Huff (USC) - Midfield
After being undefeated in 2020, Notre Dame will return 6 Seniors as graduate students to go after a National title in 2021.
#2 Kelly Donnelly - Sr. (Midfield)
#5 Jessi Masinko - Sr. (Attack)
#6 Kathleen Roe - Sr. (Defense)
#8 Savannah Buchanan - Sr. (Midfield)
#11 Erin McBride - Sr. (Midfield)
#33 Samantha Lynch - Sr. (Attack)
The Agony of Defeat
2019 Championship Game
Maryland (12) vs Boston College (10)
"We just didn't want to leave the field without a win." - Dempsey Arsenault
Led by All-American Seniors: Sam Apuzzo, Kenzie Kent and Dempsey Arsenault - walking away from the field in 2019 without a National Championship was devastating to Boston College.
2018 Championship Game
JMU (16) vs Boston College (15)
In 2018, BC upset Maryland at the NCAA Final Four, but came up short by a goal against JMU in the Championship Game.
2017 Championship Game
Maryland (16) vs Boston College (13)
Tied at half-time, Maryland went on a five goal run to open the 2nd-half, a deficit BC couldn't overcome.