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Women's lacrosse looking for first win

By Chris Jackson
Arizona Daily Wildcat
February 26, 1999
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The Arizona women's lacrosse team will look to reverse its season-opening trend of giving up double-digit scores to its opponents this weekend.

The Wildcats (0-4) have surrendered 48 goals in four games, including last weekend's home losses to Claremont 15-11 and UCLA 13-8.

"We really need to come together defensively as a team," sophomore attacker Praecia Costley said. "I think we're doing enough on offense right now."

Costley and her teammates will face UC-San Diego Sunday afternoon at 1 at Wildcat Field on 15th Street between Plumer and Tucson.

It will be the third meeting of the year between the Wildcats and Toreros but the first to count in the standings. UA and UCSD played two games at the exhibition Santa Barbara Lacrosse Shoot-out Feb. 13-14, splitting the games between them.

"Defense, that's our main focus right now," assistant coach Max Webber said. "We're putting in goals. We scored 11 last Saturday; that should have been enough. We should be winning 11-7. Defensively we shouldn't be allowing 15 goals in a game."

Men's lacrosse try to get back on track

The UA Laxcats face another strong opponent Saturday night at 7 at Wildcat Field when the No. 2-ranked BYU Cougars come to town.

Arizona dropped in the rankings from No. 9 to No. 17 after losing games to California and Sonoma State on last weekend's road trip.

The Cougars have yet to play a game this season. BYU head coach Jason Lamb said rankings aside, he sees the Cougars as the underdogs, since the Laxcats beat BYU during the fall season.

Arizona head coach Mickey-Miles Felton said the fall win means nothing.

Felton cited the time the two teams played in the regular season in 1997, and the Laxcats won 14-9. Later that year the teams met in the national championships and BYU won 22-6.

Felton said this year's Laxcats are not yet coming together as a team.

"We are not a good team right now, but there is no reason to panic," Felton said. "We still have potential."

The Laxcats will need improved play on both offense and defense to come away with a win on Saturday.

"I want to see the defense step up and play much more aggressively," Felton said.

- Chris Reimer