LAX earns first PSAC win since 2016

Category:  Sports
Wednesday, April 3rd, 2019 at 8:27 PM
LAX earns first PSAC win since 2016 by Erica Burkholder
Photo: Ben McCullough

Lacrosse won their first game of the season and grabbed their first PSAC victory in two years when they beat Gannon, 10-7, on March 27.

Anna Leva opened up scoring for ‘Boro less than two minutes into the game. Stephanie Chido scored next to up ‘Boro’s lead to two. 

The Knights scored a little more than a minute later, but Sophie DePalma got on the board for the Scots to make it 3-1. Abi Kunz added to the lead about 10 minutes later, but Gannon scored three goals in the next four minutes to tie the game at the end of the first half, 4-4. 

The Knights opened scoring a few minutes into the second half to take the lead, 5-4. Kandyce Graham responded for Edinboro, tying the game, until Sidney Dobbins and Leva would put up goals to build the lead before Gannon scored again. 

“At first, we were getting goals and they were getting goals, and then at halftime we had a talk: ‘We gotta pick it up — offense, you gotta pick it up,’” Dobbins recalled. “And that’s what’s been happening. Our defense has been carrying us and I feel like our offense came alive.”

Dobbins earned another two goals before Leva put up ‘Boro’s last to take their lead to 10-6. The Knights would score one more goal, bringing the score to the final 10-7 in the Scots favor. 

“Once we were up in the second half with about 15 minutes left, people realized, ‘Oh my gosh, we might win our first PSAC game in years,’” Dobbins said. “Then we got more goals in and kind of notched the win, and once we won it was an amazing feeling.”

She continued, “I think that was the first game that everyone on the team thought we could win.”

After the game, Head Women’s Lacrosse Coach LeighAnne Stauffer said she hoped to see her team’s offense continue their performance throughout the season.

“Our defense typically does their job, [but] the offense definitely picked it up that game and I want to continue it,” she said.

The win marked Stauffer’s first win as head coach.

In the next game, Bloomsburg took 12 minutes to get on the board when they visited Sox Harrison on Saturday. They quickly added another goal before Graham got on the board for ‘Boro. The Huskies notched another two goals before DePalma scored for the Scots to end the half with Bloomsburg leading 4-2. 

DePalma scored the first goal of the second half, but Bloomsburg took advantage of a man-up situation to score once again. They would add two more before Leva responded for the Scots. Leva then assisted on Mary Uplinger’s goal, and DePalma scored her third goal of the game to cut Bloomsburg’s lead to 7-6.

Bloomsburg scored another goal, and Dobbins led the charge for the renewed Scots to bring the game to within one. The Scots fought to the last second, but weren’t able to close the gap, falling 10-7.

“I tell them everyday, crazy things happen,” Stauffer said of trying to mount a comeback in those final minutes. “It’s doable and they know that — and they fought for it. It just didn’t go our way today, but they know that mentally that anything can happen and that’s what I hold them to.” 

“This is the team I know and love,” she added. “Even though we fell short, I know they have this in them. We’re just going to keep going forward from this.”

Edinboro also hosted Indiana University of Pennsylvania Tuesday afternoon, falling 19-6 despite a last-minute push. They close out their homestand Saturday when they host Kutztown at 1 p.m. ahead of a trip south to Slippery Rock Wednesday.

Erica Burkholder | voices.spectator@gmail.com

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