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Athletes of the Week: Softball’s Johanna Burke & Men’s Lacrosse’s Ryon Lynch

Alex Thomas
Contributing Writer

Athletes-of-the-Week-april4Johanna Burke, Softball

The Springfield College Pride’s softball team is in the middle of a crossroads season for the program. At 6-12 on the season, the Pride haven’t been able to find a consistent winning rhythm. However, that might be expected from a younger team, one that is in a sort of rebuilding stage. One of their bright spots just happens to be Johanna Burke, a sophomore infielder.

Q. Are you happy with your personal results this season?
A.  So far this season I am happy with my performance. I base my mentality off of a quote by Kevin Garnett. “They say no matter how hard you work, there’s always someone, somewhere working harder then you. Guess what. I’m that someone.”
Q. Do you feel like this year for you is about getting used to being in the lineup every day and fully adapting to the college game?
A. Being on the team last year as a freshman, even though I redshirted, allowed me to adapt to the college game. This year is definitely about just getting out there and proving what I can do.
Q.  Do you feel that your team is close to turning a corner?
A. I believe this team has turned the corner as we speak. I would take it one step further to say that we are not only a team, but we are a family. We are all well aware of what we are capable of doing. The roster we have is full of the most talented players who have the heart and desire to win.
Q. What are your expectations for the remainder of the season for your team?
A. A strong finish to the season is inevitable. This team has come together.

Ryon Lynch, Men’s Lacrosse

The Springfield College men’s lacrosse team hasn’t been able to find a winning way too often this season, but the team is heading in the right direction. The Pride sit at 3-6 on the season and have won two in a row to keep hope alive for a turnaround. The Pride also have their fair share of young players, and are certainly building up a strong program. One of those solid pieces is junior Ryon Lynch.

Q. Personally, how do you feel your season has gone to this point?
A. The season has not gone as well as myself or my teammates thought [so far]. We had very high expectations going into this season and came up short in a few games. The win against Western New England was huge for us though, and that’s how we feel we should have been playing all year.
Q. Do you think you guys can still turn this season around?
A. Of course I do. This team has a lot of heart and dedication. Even in the games we lost no one ever quit and we played hard until the final whistle. There is a lot of season left still, and we plan to make a strong push going into conference play.
Q. What expectations do you have for the remainder of the season?
A. We plan on winning out. Every game we go into we expect to win no matter what our record is.
Q. Are you happy with your season so far?
A. Personally, anything I can do to help the team win is what is most important.

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