Pappas has high hopes for Lady Bobcat lacrosse this season

B-UHS product excited for her junior campaign

BUCKHANNON — Buckhannon’s very own Samantha Pappas has high expectations for the West Virginia Wesleyan College lacrosse season this spring.

It all started in Pappas’s sophomore year at Buckhannon-Upshur High School, where she developed her interest in lacrosse. She began her career on a local Buckhannon lacrosse travel team, which was run by a former Wesleyan head coach, and later made the transition from B-UHS to WVWC.

“I liked the fact that [Wesleyan] was close to home,” Pappas said. “I could really see myself playing lacrosse here, and meeting the team straight away gave me the impression of a family feeling.”

The homey atmosphere at Wesleyan, along with it being a smaller campus where students connect with professors on a more personal level, played pivotal factors in Pappas choosing Wesleyan.

Coming off the back of a good fall ball season, Pappas has strong hopes for the WVWC lacrosse team this spring. Pappas said the team struggled last year because they didn’t have a natural goal keeper, which put the team at a real disadvantage. However, with recruiting over the summer and experienced players returning she believes they can achieve big things this spring.

“We’ve improved a lot,” Pappas said. “I feel more confident in the team. Last year we lacked confidence in ourselves, so it was a struggle to keep everybody concentrated. Our captains and seniors are strong leaders, so I think this will help the team this year.”

Winning comes with hard work. Pappas knows nothing is easy and if the team wants to accomplish what they believe they can accomplish  — a conference championship — the players must put the work in.

Wesleyan’s lacrosse team has some returning players who are looking strong in the preseason.

“Natalie Schaffner and Madison Duvall are looking sharp,” Pappas said. “Madison has a really nice shot and has lots of potential to do great this year. Natalie is someone who I look up to, I want to be like her as a player. She scores a lot of goals and scored the most goals on our team last season. She works out 2 to 3 times a day which shows the effort she puts in to be the best she can.”

With the main core group of players coming back for this season, Pappas believes Wesleyan can win the Mountain East Conference. Everybody knows what they must do, and the seniors want to go out on a high note, so for Pappas, the expectancy to do well this season is very much the reality.

“We all have the right attitude and believe the team can win,” Pappas said.

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