- Antonio Chaurand
Hurlburt Collects NEC Awards Adding to Career Season
The Mount St. Mary’s Women’s Lacrosse Team has had a very successful campaign up to this point in the season. In their last seven games, the team has won five of them, which includes currently riding a three-game win streak. There is one game in particular that had a star player really show out, and that was Zoe Hurlburt against Furman University on March 19.
In the match against Furman, Hurlburt had four goals, three assists (career high), caused four turnovers, two picked up ground balls and registered one controlled ball. This performance won the Mountaineer NEC player of the week and defensive player of the week awards. Hurlburt was happy about the award, but her reaction garnered to give props elsewhere, “Yeah, those are definitely something to be proud of. I'm very thankful that I was able to win those, but I wouldn't have been able to win them without my teammates. We are always encouraging one another… So I wouldn't have been able to do those achievements without my teammates for sure, for having my back.”
Hurlburt is currently a graduate student and has been on the women’s lacrosse team for five seasons now. She is having the best statistical season of her career, racking up 33 goals and 13 assists for a total of 46 points through 12 games, which leads the entire team. It is no secret that Hurlburt has been a pivotal piece to this Mountaineer squad this season, but the main focus of the team has been to lock down on defense against all opponents they face.
The Bel Air native had this to say about the team’s defensive mindset, “Our team defense is definitely something that we strive off of. We don't want to have them have over 10 goals in a game. Our team defense is surrounded by communication, like constant communication. So, it's definitely surrounded by that unit of competence and determination in order to be there for one another.”
Being with the team for five seasons now, Hurlburt has continued to get better and better as a player. Just this past season, in 2021, the Mountaineer had 14 goals and six assists, adding up to 20 points in total. The regular season has not even finished yet and she has more than doubled in all of her statistical categories. This will certainly be a season to remember for Hurlburt.