SPORTS 5/12/17 10:39pm

Women's lacrosse falls in 1st round of NCAA Tournament

CHAPEL HILL — The Elon University women’s lacrosse team dug a hole that proved too deep to climb out of Friday afternoon, falling to the University of Virginia 11-9 in the first round of the NCAA Tournament in Chapel Hill. In the fourth-year program’s first-ever NCAA Tournament appearance, Elon saw the Cavaliers burst out of the gates in each half, scoring the first four goals of the match, including two on counterattacks.

SPORTS 2/22/17 8:30am

Always in net: Elon goalie Rachel Ramirez

Armored in full protective gear—gloves, throat guard, throat piece, chest pad, shield, mouth guard—10-year-old Rachel Ramirez widened her stance. Feet spread a couple inches wider than the width of her slight shoulders, heels raised, crouched low.

SPORTS 2/16/17 12:15am

​Women’s lacrosse trounces Winthrop 13-5

Fresh off the second win over a ranked opponent in program history, the Elon University women’s lacrosse team defeated Winthrop University 13-5 Wednesday night at Rudd Field, starting out its three-game homestand with a victory over the reigning Big South Conference champions.

SPORTS 2/5/17 11:55am

Women's lacrosse cruises over Campbell in season opener

The Elon University women’s lacrosse team opened its season with an emphatic victory, cruising to a 15-5 win over Campbell University Saturday afternoon at Rudd Field. The Phoenix jumped out to an early 5-0 lead within the first five minutes and never looked back, going on to score nine goals in the first half and six in the second.

SPORTS 3/12/16 9:53pm

Women's lacrosse routs Holy Cross Saturday morning

In its first game since losing eight days ago, the Elon University women’s lacrosse team defeated the College of the Holy Cross 14-3 Saturday morning at Rudd Field. Sophomore attacker Stephanie Asher scored five goals, including three in a two-and-a-half minute span early in the second half.

SPORTS 2/25/16 6:42pm

Last-second goal gives women's lacrosse win over No. 10 Duke

Sophomore attacker/midfielder Shelby Scanlin scored with six seconds left to break the tie and give the Elon University women’s lacrosse team its first signature win Thursday, defeating No. 10 Duke University 7-6 in Durham. Elon got a man-up situation with 18 seconds left, and Scanlin converted on her second shot, getting an assist from junior attacker Sloane Kessler.

SPORTS 2/24/16 10:00am

Women’s lacrosse starts season with 3 wins

Down a pair of goals in the second half on the road to Coastal Carolina University, the Elon University women’s lacrosse team didn’t waver. After sophomore midfielder Abby Godfrey scored her second goal of the game to put the Phoenix to within one, junior attacker Sloane Kessler scored the game-tying and game-winning goals in the span of 1:04 to give Elon a 5-4 comeback victory and a 3-0 record to start the year.  “We were off a little bit off in a lot of respects,” said head coach Josh Hexter.

SPORTS 2/11/16 2:30pm

Column: Experience should benefit women’s lacrosse team

The Elon University women’s lacrosse team isn’t young anymore. At least, not in terms of experience. The Phoenix enters its third year of competition (its second in the Colonial Athletic Association) after an encouraging 2015 campaign that included a CAA Rookie of the Year performance by now-sophomore midfielder Stephanie Asher. Elon also has a wealth of experience, something that wasn’t the case for the past two years as it built the program.

SPORTS 2/11/16 2:00pm

Women’s lacrosse ready to attack new season

The Elon University women’s lacrosse team’s introduction to the Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) may look rough on the standings. But the 1-5 record doesn’t tell the whole story, and junior attacker Sloane Kessler finds a lot to draw from the program’s first year in the conference.

NEWS 5/4/15 2:11pm

Elon, CAA say transition has been smooth through one year

Reflecting back on a year in the Colonial Athletic Association, the feelings director of athletics Dave Blank has gauged from Elon University athletes have been positive. Elon made the transition from the Southern Conference last summer, a move that meant more travel and an increased level of competition for Phoenix teams. The women’s track and field team provided the lone team conference title, winning last weekend’s CAA Championship meet in Williamsburg, Virginia.

NEWS 4/24/15 8:00am

Phoenix lacrosse finding a home in CAA

This was probably just what Elon University had in mind when it made the move to the Colonial Athletic Association. A late Friday afternoon women’s lacrosse game against a team from Long Island who brought fans to tailgate. That sounds quintessential for the league, one based with teams up through the mid-Atlantic where lacrosse is a popular sport.