Lacrosse Gets First Victory Against Ranked Opponent

Category:  Sports
Thursday, March 31st, 2016 at 12:16 PM
Lacrosse Gets First Victory Against Ranked Opponent by Mike Lantinen
The women’s lacrosse team won against Seton Hill.

Edinboro’s women’s lacrosse team came away from this past week with some mixed emotions. Presented with two challenging tests, the Scots visited Seton Hill, as well as hosted Lock Haven, both of which boast nationally ranked squads.

On Wednesday, Edinboro traveled to Greensburg in search of head coach Caitlin Formato’s first PSAC victory of her career. After battling the 18th ranked Griffins throughout the contest, Edinboro worked themselves into great position to win the game, and held off a late push from Seton Hill, beginning with six minutes remaining.

“They fought super hard and they followed the game plan,” Formato said.

“At the end, we were up by five with six minutes left and Seton Hill started to come back. They got three goals in; it was very nerve racking but the girls pulled together.”

Coming away victorious was a landmark win for the Scots, marking their first ever against Seton Hill and their first against any ranked opponent.

Led by midfielders Cydney Hrycko and Emily Peters, combining for nine goals between the two of them, Edinboro knew they had the offensive efficiency to battle a team like Seton Hill. Along with her five goals, Hrycko also won five draw controls, helping Edinboro dictate the pace of a two goal game, which could have easily swayed if those faceoffs went a different way.

Entering the game with a deceiving win loss record at 1-5, Seton Hill had faced five teams ranked in the top 15, including third ranked Lindenwood University and sixth ranked Lock Haven.

“They played all top ranked teams and the biggest gap between the scores was five, every other game was within a goal or in overtime,” said Formato.

For their second game of the week, the women’s lacrosse team continued onto the second of a brutal three game stretch as they hosted the Bald Eagles of Lock Haven.

Formato and the Fighting Scots knew what they were up against after watching the Eagles in the national championship match the previous year and seeing their success so far this year as they came into the game undefeated.

“They have a lot of depth [and] their stick skills are phenomenal. So compared to what we were matched up with, we did awesome,” Formato said.

After keeping the game close in the beginning of the first half, the Scots allowed a 7-1 run by the Eagles, giving them a 10-3 advantage going into the second half.

“We need to figure out how to start quicker; we come out too slow. We always have a better second half, which I’d rather be a second half team anyways, but we have to find a way to be more steady,” said Formato.

A pivotal problem for the Scots in the first half during Lock Haven’s scoring run was Haven’s ability to dominate the faceoff circle. Draw specialist Alex O’Herrick won seven draws for the game, two short of the total draws won for Edinboro.

After some adjustments from the Edinboro squad, switching out players to challenge O’Herrick, the second half scoring was 5-4, Lock Haven.

Edinboro will compete against their third ranked team in a row when they host rival Mercyhurst at Sox Harrison Field on Tuesday, March 29.

Mike Lantinen is a Staff Writer for The Spectator.

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