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Spring sports teams begin practices

February 2, 2018

Over the past two weeks, four of Monmouth’s spring sports teams have begun practicing for their upcoming seasons. On Monday, the Fighting Scots’ men’s and women’s lacrosse teams and softball team started their practices, and on the 29th the baseball team started their pre-season training as well.

For the men’s lacrosse team, they are heading into their second season of existence at Monmouth College. Thanks to great recruitment and help from athletes who decided to join the lacrosse team, even if they had no prior experience in it, the Scots surprised many people in winning two of their first three games last season.

The men hit a rough patch in the middle of the season as they lost a few close games due to late goals and overtime losses, but the Scots finished the season strong with a victory over Fontbonne University in their final home game. The team’s first game will be on February 17th at Carroll University.

The women’s lacrosse team is also heading into their second season. Even though they didn’t win early on in the season, the team came together and started to battle against more experienced teams and got their first program win against Cornell College.

The Scots are looking to build off that late season success and carry it over to this season which will start on February 25th against Westminster College.

As for the softball team, they will look to improve upon their 18-17 record last season. “There are 11 returners, 9 first-year players, and 3 transfers. At this time, any of the 23 are capable of playing,” said head coach John Goddard. “Our goal for this year is to improve every game and the wins will take care of themselves.”

The Fighting Scots’ softball team will be back in action when they head down to Florida for their Spring Break trip. They will play twelve games in six days before heading back north for the rest of their season.

For the baseball team, they have been around .500 the past few seasons, but were only a couple wins away from a conference tournament berth last season.

“We have a lot of different goals within the team to make us better, but the main one we concentrate on is winning every series,” said head coach Alan Betourne.

The baseball team will also start off their season down in Florida. They will have a bit more relaxing schedule than the softball team does, playing six games in seven days.

Cooper Pauley
Sports Editor

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