As a senior on the women’s lacrosse team, Melissa Rohr is looking forward to the upcoming season. Rohr’s ultimate goal is to repeat a national championship. She mentioned that the team needs to take it day by day and progress throughout the season in order to capture the title.
Rohr has been playing lacrosse since she was 12 years old. She had always been an athlete and wanted to try something new. The new-ness of lacrosse is what gauged her interest to the sport because it wasn’t as popular as it is now.
Rohr shared with me some of the strengths and weaknesses of the team. They specialize in being a very positive group of players that have developed excellent team chemistry. The other players look up to Rohr as a leader because of her positive mentality and mindset on and off the field. Rohr also mentioned that the team is a cohesive bunch who has unbelievable culture and chemistry both on and off the field. One of the team’s few weaknesses is that they could sometimes get too caught up in the big picture.
The team’s practices are difficult and intense, but they are productive every day. Despite the weather being a big factor, Rohr and her teammates have performed efficiently during practice. As a defender, Rohr plays at the lowest point on the field and she sees everything that›s going on, which is beneficial toward her game. Having a good defense is also essential to winning championships because it›s the backbone of your team.
The positive team helps the team’s success because the players have bonded and have become closer over time. In addition, the players understand each other’s flaws, which contributes to their team camaraderie. Rohr and her teammates describe themselves as one big family.
Rohr predicts that the Pioneers will repeat as national champions and have another outstanding season. She always heads into the season with a positive attitude. It takes work to get where you want to be, but her mindset works heavily in her favor. Rohr stated that “mind over matter” is what drives this team forward and leads to their achievements.