Under the guidance of 10th-year head coach Miriam Esber, the Mount Holyoke College lacrosse team posted a 3-13 record in 2017. The Lyons also went 1-7 in New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) action.
MHC struggled to open the 2017 campaign, but rebounded in mid-March with a pair of road victories. The Lyons picked up their first win of the season in Florida with a tough-fought 16-15 victory over the University of New England. Senior captain and attack Charlotte Wagner (West Chester, Pa./Westtown School) powered the offensive effort with five goals, while first year and fellow attacker Mary LaVigne (New Milford, Conn./Canterbury School) recorded four goals, including the eventual game-winning shot with 11:35 to play in the contest.
The Lyons also put forth a solid defensive effort against the Nor'Easters in Florida as junior midfielder Kaitlin Braz (Tolland, Conn./East Catholic) posted a game-best six ground balls with a caused turnover and a draw control. Senior captain Taylor Hough (Rutland, Vt./Rutland) added five ground balls, while also notching a caused turnover.
Mount Holyoke carried its momentum into the next game, recording another nail-bitting win in a 14-13 victory at Western New England University. The Lyons, who trailed 8-5 at halftime, worked their way back into the match behind an outstanding effort from Wagner. She notched a career-high six goals to lead MHC, followed closely by junior attack Leila Kouakou (Leeds, Mass./Northampton) with a five goals – also a career-high.
Kouakou also recorded three draw controls, while Braz notched a game-best four assist to go along with five ground balls. Senior defender Alyssa Tabrisky (Rancho Palos Verdes, Calif./Kent School (CT)) recorded a match-high four caused turnovers as first year goalie Mia Wysocki (Longmeadow, Mass./Longmeadow) picked up her first career victory with four saves.
The Lyons had a tough stretch to open the month of April, but despite a tough loss to Babson, MHC saw a significant milestone reached as Wagner became the 14th player in program history to notch 100 career points. She accomplished the feat over 55 career games – all as a starter.
The middle of the month saw Mount Holyoke register its first NEWMAC victory of the season, besting the Coast Guard Academy on the road by an 11-6 margin. Kouakou scored just 20 seconds into the game and the Lyons never surrendered the lead from that point. She went on to score a game-high four goals with an assist, adding a game-best four draw controls. Defensively, Wysocki picked up her second victory in the cage, stopping four shots against the Bears.
MHC ran into a rough patch over its final four games at home, including a 9-8 loss to Wellesley in the second to last game of the year. In that contest, the Lyons trailed by an 8-5 margin, but goals from Kouakou, LaVigne and Braz over a four-minute stretch tied the contest with 8:56 to go. Despite that momentum, the Lyons fell as Wellesley scored with 20 seconds remaining.
Overall, the Lyons had a number of impact players, including those who were among the top in the conference leaders. Braz led the way with 44 points on 32 goals and 12 assists. She also added a squad-high 60 ground balls with 19 draw controls and a team-best 20 caused turnovers. Amongst the NEWMAC's best, she ranked first overall in ground balls, 12th in assists, 15th in points and 16th in both goals and caused turnovers.
Wagner was second on the team in scoring with 37 goals and six assists for 43 points. She was fifth overall in the conference in goals and 11th in point. Kouakou rounded out the top three with 34 goals and five assists for 39 points, while adding a team-best 46 draw controls. She finished eighth among the conference leaders in draws.
In goal, the Lyons saw both Wysocki and senior Isa Rodriguez (Columbus, Ohio/Westerville School) compete for action. Rodriguez posted a 1-9 record in 15 games, recording a 14.03 goals against average with a .382 save percentage. She posted 71 saves on the season, including the 400th of her career in the game against Wellesley to move into fifth all-time in program history. Wysocki appeared in 14 games for the Lyons, notching a 2-4 record with a 12.55 GAA and a .415 save percentage.
• Finished seventh in the NEWMAC Standings
• Defeated conference opponent Coast Guard Academy