PHILADELPHIA--Though official practice won’t start until Feb. 1, that doesn’t mean the Penn women’s lacrosse team isn’t gearing up. So far, the new year has been packed with conditioning, strength training and captains’ practices.
Ivy League rules stipulate full practice may begin on Feb. 1 every year and the first competition may be held the last full weekend in February. Penn’s is scheduled for Feb. 21 at home against Drexel.
“We’re excited for the season,” said junior Barb Seaman. “With the full practices starting so late, it really makes us appreciate the time we have with the coaches on the field.”
“We are doing a lot of running right now,” said junior Emma Spiro. “Conditioning is not fun, but it does pay off down the line.”
“When it is late in the game and you need a goalthat is when we’re happy to have been running in January,” said Seaman.
In addition to strength and conditioning exercises, the team uses captains’ practice as an opportunity to practice game situations.
“We do a lot of full-field scrimmaging which is really fun,” said Seaman. “The biggest thing we get though is learning to play with each other again. Shaking the rust off and remembering what it is like to be on the field with the team.”
The Quakers are a week away from official practice and just less than a month away from their first game of the 2009 season. Penn will look to defend its Ivy League title as well as maintain its prominence nationally. In 2008, the Quakers won their second consecutive Ivy League title behind an undefeated conference record and advanced to the NCAA national championship game.