Edinboro lacrosse falls to 3-10 overall and 0-9 in the PSACs

Category:  Sports
Wednesday, April 18th, 2018 at 5:37 PM

The Edinboro women’s lacrosse team is still seeking that first PSAC win after dropping games against Slippery Rock University, 15-6, on April 11, and West Chester University, 17-1, on Saturday.

With the two losses, Edinboro fell to 3-10 overall and 0-9 in conference play.

Edinboro’s defense worked well together to keep Slippery Rock to five goals within the first half. Hannah Fitzgerald scored ‘Boro’s first goal of the game, ending the half down 5-1. 

Interim Women’s Lacrosse Head Coach Jenny Wirth said the team was much better at utilizing their game plan in this contest, contributing to the uncharacteristically low-scoring half.

“I think that’s the lowest goals we’ve allowed in the PSAC so far in the first half of a game, so you know we’re really proud of our defense and goalie for that,” she said after the loss.

Stephanie Chido notched her first goal of the game thanks to a Sophie DePalma assist after a pair of goals by Slippery Rock. DePalma scored two goals of her own, separated by a Rock goal, to put the score at 10-4 in favor of SRU. 

Lindsey Brinkel scored her own pair of free position goals, as well. 

Edinboro goalkeeper Candace McDole set another school mark by breaking the season saves record. The record was set last year by goalkeeper Paige Skinner, who also holds the career saves record. McDole stopped 18 would-be goals in this contest, raising her total to 172, compared to Skinner’s 170 a year ago.

“Overall, today’s game was a so-so game,” Wirth said. “Defensively, we played awesome,” she explained before adding that she thinks the offense needs to improve in high-pressure situations.

On Saturday, Edinboro’s defense held West Chester to nine points in the first half. Chido scored the only goal of the game for the Fighting Scots. 

Edinboro’s defense held West Chester scoreless for almost eight minutes, holding them to 5-1 for most of the first half. The last four of West Chester’s goals were spread throughout the last nine minutes of the half. 

A little over five minutes into the second half, West Chester scored their 11th goal. At this point, the Scots had to deal with the pressure of not only being down by 10 goals, but also with a running clock. 

Chido had two close misses in front of the net, and Kaitlyn Binotto saved two free position attempts for Edinboro, but the Fighting Scots couldn’t come back. The game ended 17-1. 

Wirth said she was happy with the defense’s performance, and said they made adjustments coming into the game and throughout it that Wirth had asked them to. She said she was happy to see them hold West Chester to less than 20.

“[Obviously] we didn’t win, but that’s still a very big accomplishment when you’re going up against the best team in the PSAC right now,” she said. “I think that was a great thing to see.”

Edinboro was scheduled to take on West Virginia Wesleyan College in non-conference play at home on Tuesday, but that game was canceled due to inclement weather. The Fighting Scots will return to PSAC action Saturday when they visit Shippensburg University at 1 p.m. Wirth was an assistant coach at Shippensburg before she was named the interim head coach of Edinboro’s program.

They will visit Mercyhurst University on Wednesday at 4 p.m. for their last road game before finishing their season at home on April 28 against Lock Haven.

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

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