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March 6, 2023 — Finding the form in Division II

You wouldn’t have blamed the University of Indianapolis for starting its 2023 season slowly.

The Greyhounds, your defending NCAA Division II women’s lacrosse champions, graduated all-time great Peyton Romig, arguably the finest Division II female lacrosse athlete of all time. Too, head coach James Delaney was released last August. Delaney was the architect of Indianapolis’ rise to prominence in Division II and as a beachhead for lacrosse in Indiana.

But last weekend, UIndy came up with its fifth win of the season, beating the University of Tampa by a score of 12-11. Indianapolis stamped its authority on the game with eight first-half goals, including the first four of the match. Two were scored by junior Joey Fowler.

Tampa kept digging away at the Indianapolis lead in the second term, but could not manage to pull ahead in the final five minutes.

“The players had this date circled and marked from Day 1, and they were prepared mentally and physically to play today,” said current UIndy head coach Elaine Jones. “Although we still have some areas to work on as the season moves along, I am really proud of the effort they gave in earning this win today.”

The Hounds have their greatest league rival this Saturday, playing at Grand Valley State. It is GVSU which has given Indianapolis its closest games over the last five years, and this one should be no different.