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May 10, 2013

MSM seeking 100th MMA win

Tonawanda News — TOWN OF TONAWANDA — Since the inception of the Monsignor Martin Association girl’s lacrosse league 10 years ago, Mount St. Mary has dominated like few other Western New York teams in any sport.

The Thunder have won eight-straight league titles and their last loss came in the third game of the 2010 season — three years ago.

Today at 4:30, MSM puts its perfect 9-0 league record on the line against Buffalo Seminary at Larkin Field. A win would be the 100th league victory in the program’s history.

“Our 100th win in 10 years, in a league this small — that’s pretty much amazing,” said Thunder coach Marissa Dauria. “We’d be 100-6. To have that type of record — it’s phenomenal what these girls do consistently. It’s not like we had one undefeated season, these girls keep rolling in and they’ve always stepped it up to where things need to be. I’m just happy to be a part of it.”

The Thunder are relentless.

When any one of the attackers or midfielders get the ball, it’s off to the races. Dauria said this year’s team is probably one of the most athletic in the history of the program. Every offensive player has a ton of speed and elite stick skill to match.

Dauria said preparation has been the key to success.

“Practices are hard and that’s where they learn to push themselves to a limit, and then keep going,” she said. “That way when they are in a game it’s not a problem because they’ve already been to that breaking point and beyond it. At that point it’s more of a mental battle. They’ve been through practices where they weren’t sure if they’d make it, but when they face a situation in a game that’s difficult they’re ready to handle it.”

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