EU plays Roberts Wesleyan, suffers first loss of season

Category:  Sports
Wednesday, March 7th, 2018 at 4:57 PM
EU plays Roberts Wesleyan, suffers first loss of season by Erica Burkholder
Photo: Kelly Staschak

The Edinboro women’s lacrosse team fought through rough weather, but lost a close game, 12-11, in the final seconds to Roberts Wesleyan University on March 1.

The Fighting Scots put up the first goal, courtesy of Anna Leva, and held a 2-1 lead before Roberts Wesleyan came to life. The Redhawks scored less than 30 seconds after Edinboro’s second goal and then put up three unanswered goals to lead 5-2. 

Edinboro’s Lindsey Brinkel started the team’s road back when she scored less than a minute after Roberts Wesleyan’s fifth goal. Fighting Scot Hannah Fitzgerald quickly put up another. Roberts scored again, but Edinboro put up two more goals, both scored by Sophie DePalma and assisted by Leva, to end the half at 6-6.

Roberts Wesleyan then opened up scoring in the second half, and the two teams would trade goals to stay tied at 8-8 halfway through. The Redhawks would surprise with a burst of energy while down one player to score again, and followed it up with another to take a 10-8 lead.

Edinboro struggled against a team that played defense as soon as they lost the ball. Roberts had no issue putting pressure on any Fighting Scot that held the ball, sticking to them like glue. Interim Women’s Lacrosse Head Coach Jenny Wirth said the team needed to work on maintaining control of the ball. 

“I think [we need to improve our] composure in situations where we play physical teams,” she said. “A lot of the PSAC teams are going to be very physical and we need to be able to handle that.”

DePalma once again tied the game with a little over 6 minutes left. The two teams stayed tied at 10-10 until Roberts Wesleyan’s Johannah Price was awarded a free position shot after being fouled. Price converted the shot to put the Redhawks up with less than 2 minutes left. 

Leva then scored her 10th goal of the season, courtesy of a DePalma assist, to tie the game with less than 90 seconds to go. The Fighting Scots almost held out for overtime, but Roberts Wesleyan’s Price would score a goal with a mere 3 seconds left to give the Redhawks the victory. 

“It’s definitely very frustrating,” Wirth said about the loss. “I think given the weather and just how physical the other team was, we just didn’t take care of the ball the way we needed to and [we didn’t] put the ball in the cage.”

She said the team improved their offense from their first game, and she hopes they can continue the trend throughout the season. 

“I think for the most part our ball movement was a lot better on our offensive end,” she said. “Just making connections on the offensive end was a lot better than the first game.” 

Leva, who scored six goals in the Fighting Scots’ season opener, scored four here and added 5 assists in the loss. DePalma scored three goals and earned an assist while Brinkel also scored three goals. 

Both teams struggled to keep control of the ball in the heavy rain, as Edinboro turned it over 33 times and Roberts Wesleyan accounted for 28 of their own. 

Edinboro plays next on Sunday at noon at Holy Family University in Philadelphia and then travels to Lakewood, New Jersey on Tuesday to take on Georgian Court University. They open PSAC play on March 17 at home against Millersville University.

Erica Burkholder can be reached at sports.spectator@gmail.com.

Tags: lacrosse

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