Lacrosse drops mid-week game to Gannon

Category:  Sports
Wednesday, April 4th, 2018 at 5:09 PM
Lacrosse drops mid-week game to Gannon by Erica Burkholder
Photo: Erica Burkholder

Gannon University ran away with a lead early and never let go during their 15-2 victory over Edinboro lacrosse on March 20 at Sox Harrison Stadium. 

The Golden Knights opened the scoring 30 seconds into the game and continued to dominate the scoreboard. Edinboro’s Sophie DePalma scored her 20th goal of the season to cut the lead to 7-1 with a little over half of the first half to go. Gannon would score three more times to lead 10-1 at the half.  

Stephanie Chido scored Edinboro’s last goal of the game at the halfway point of the second. Gannon put up three goals before Chido’s and then proceeded to put up another two to finish the game leading 15-2.

DePalma’s goal tied her for the team lead (20) with Anna Leva, who has been sidelined with an injury she suffered during a March 17 contest at Millersville University. 

Interim Women’s Lacrosse Head Coach Jenny Wirth expressed frustration with the team’s fifth straight loss. The Fighting Scots began the season going 3-1 in non-conference play, but have not found a way to win since beginning PSAC competition. She said there appears to be difference in play between the way the team practices and plays in games.

“It’s just little things that we’re missing and that comes with having a team with 12 freshmen on the roster,” she said.

Wirth also discussed the positives from the game, including the team’s defense, which has been dealing with various injuries. Candace McDole, Edinboro’s goalkeeper, also had nine saves in the game. 

“Unfortunately, we are plagued by some injuries right now, so we’ve got some kids playing in different positions than they normally would, but you know with that, I think they’re doing the best they can,” Wirth explained.

The Fighting Scots next hosted Bloomsburg University on Saturday before heading to Indiana University of Pennsylvania on Wednesday.

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

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