Edinboro Lacrosse Drops Close Contest to Kutztown

Category:  Sports
Wednesday, April 6th, 2016 at 10:48 PM
Edinboro Lacrosse Drops Close Contest to Kutztown by Mike Lantinen

On the road for back to back games, the Edinboro women’s lacrosse team played Friday and Saturday, traveling to southeastern Pennsylvania to battle Kutztown and East Stroudsburg. Edinboro would go into the weekend with a 1-4 record, following a tough loss to Mercyhurst.

Unfortunately for the Scots, they would fall to Kutztown in a seesaw affair, 11-10. The Golden Bears retained the lead for all but nine minutes of the game, Edinboro hanging in by way of ball movement. The Scots would assist on seven of their 10 goals, with that movement key to infiltrating the Kutztown defense.

At the end of the first half, Edinboro trailed 7-5. They would tighten up the defense in the second half, pressuring Kutztown and only allowing four.

Rachel Olsen would record five ground balls, fighting on the defensive end to cause turnovers.

Paige Skinner continued her sophomore season, recording 10 saves to the 28 Kutztown shots. She would record five ground balls as well, keeping her stick active and looking to disrupt passes.

Edinboro would rally in the second half with three unanswered goals from Anna Purdy, Emily Peters and Erin Gordon. They would tie the game at 8 with 22:24 remaining.

Peters would take over late in the game, scoring Edinboro’s ninth and 10th goal, with the latter only leaving 2:55 on the clock.

With the game hinging on which team would end up with possession, the Bears found a way to gain control like they had done for the majority of the night.

Once retained, Edinboro would not see the ball again as Kutztown ran out the clock. Draw controls were a major story of the game, as Kutztown was able to retain 10 more than Edinboro, giving them more possessions and opportunities for shots on net.

The following day, the Edinboro lacrosse team would face the East Stroudsburg Warriors, a team on the rise as the season progresses. Always a difficult task for a team to fight fatigue in consecutive games, the matchup would be tougher than expected.

Falling to East Stroudsburg 17-4, Edinboro would have opportunities to score, tallying 26 shots and 10 free-position shots. They failed to score on nine of their 10 free position shots, as well as missing the goal on eight of their shots.

Edinboro will look to regain their stride and take a break from PSAC play as they challenge the Wheeling Jesuit Cardinals on April 5.

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