Currently 5-1 and winners of three straight, the Lady War Eagles will face Upper Arlington (OH) Friday.
“I really want us to win that first game so it can put us in a higher bracket going into Saturday,” Woodward lacrosse coach Meghan Fox said. “We haven’t placed very high in the Dogwood the last couple of years so I want us to be able to play at a higher level with some of the best teams from the Southeast and Midwest.”
Last season, the Lady War Eagles finished fifth and the season before that fourth in the Dogwood Classic.
However as far as in-state competition, Woodward has handled that challenge well, especially after a 16-6 victory over struggling Northgate a week ago.
“We never want to underestimate an opponent and Northgate definitely has a couple of good players,” Fox said. “They’re very aggressive which is something we are trying to work on—being able to play with an aggressive team. I think the girls did a good job.”
USC-commit Drew Jackson scored four of the first seven goals to give the Lady War Eagles a 7-0 cushion with just more than 10 minutes remaining in the first half. Woodward would lead 9-2 at the break and by as many as 12 goals in the second half.
“One thing we’ve been working on is moving the ball and they did a really good job of moving the ball and that was a big piece of our success in this game,” Fox said.
Jackson finished with seven tallies and junior Mary Alex Romero added five.
“Mary Alex is always able to get open right in front of the goal,” Fox said. “I guess she’s just sneaky. It amazes me because she is always able to do it.”
Counting this contest and the three games at Westminster this weekend, the Lady War Eagles will have played eight consecutive road games. Next Wednesday, they are scheduled to host Lovett before three more road contests.
“I think the start of our season has been good,” Fox said. “McIntosh was a tough game. It was a game that we learned a lot from. Our style of play is getting better each game and we’re really building on the success that we have had so far and hope to continue the trend.”