Lacrosse takes a loss against IUP

Category:  Sports
Wednesday, April 4th, 2018 at 5:08 PM

The Edinboro women’s lacrosse team dropped two games to conference foes in the past week, falling to Bloomsburg University on Saturday and Indiana University of Pennsylvania on Tuesday. 

Bloomsburg used a strong first half to win 14-8. The Huskies put up seven goals in the first 30 minutes, holding Edinboro to just one, as ‘Boro’s Mary Uplinger scored with 34 seconds left in the half.

Hannah Fitzgerald started Edinboro’s comeback attempt five minutes into the second half with a goal. Bloomsburg scored another quickly, before Edinboro put up three in a row courtesy of Maddie Mulcahy, Uplinger and Stephanie Chido. 

Bloomsburg would answer with another three of their own to push the lead to 11-5. Sophie DePalma and Sidney Dobbins both scored goals in the second half for the Fighting Scots. Kandyce Graham scored Edinboro’s last goal of the game, and the Huskies added one more for themselves with 23 seconds left to bring the final score to 14-8.

Indiana, in their win, wasted no time getting on the scoreboard, scoring within 20 seconds on the way to their 16-5 triumph over Edinboro. The Crimson Hawks dominated the scoreboard until ‘Boro’s Uplinger received a long pass and proceeded to go on a breakaway that beat Indiana’s defense and goalkeeper.

Fighting Scot Sophie DePalma scored the last goal of the first half, with the team heading into the second, down 8-2. 

Interim Women’s Lacrosse Head Coach Jenny Wirth said the team needs to better control the ball if they are going to score more goals in future games.

“I think just taking care of the ball [is important], whether it’s clearing on the offensive end, [because] you can’t win a game if you can’t keep the ball on your stick,” she said. “Unfortunately, we’re struggling with that a little bit right now, so just making sure any opportunity we have, that we’re really paying attention to how we’re catching the ball, where our stick is placed and finishing off.”

Uplinger’s goal in the first half hoped to turn the tide, with her and Fitzgerald both playing aggressively and seeming to give everything they had early in the second.

Wirth said she was happy to see everyone on the team step up and play more aggressively.

“I think that some of our defense really improved after the first part,” Wirth said. “After the first half they adjusted on their own, and they really made that work so I think they did a great job. I saw some players really be aggressive that we don’t always see be super aggressive, so it was great to see today.’’

Indiana would score twice before Edinboro’s Erin Gordon gave the team its next goal. The Hawks and Scots went back-and-forth during the next four goals, with both of Edinboro’s by Chido. Indiana scored the next four goals to end the game 16-5.

Goalkeeper Candace McDole made 21 saves against Indiana, one less then the record she set earlier this year, and Chido now leads the team with 22 goals in the season. 

Wirth said the team has struggled with implementing the concepts they cover in practice. 

“It was definitely tough, you know, we just struggled to stick to our game plan,” she said.

The Fighting Scots will take their 3-7 overall record and 0-6 PSAC record to Kutztown University on Saturday at 2 p.m. to finish their road series before returning for a three-game homestand beginning Wednesday. Here they’ll host Slippery Rock University at 4 p.m. at Sox Harrison Stadium.

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

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