Warriors invade Sox Harrison, lax defenseless

Category:  Sports
Wednesday, March 27th, 2019 at 7:07 PM
Warriors invade Sox Harrison, lax defenseless by Erica Burkholder
Photo: Ben McCullough

The Edinboro women’s lacrosse team hosted East Stroudsburg on Saturday, falling to the Warriors 20-3.

“Definitely disappointing,” Head Women’s Lacrosse Coach LeighAnne Stauffer said of the result. “The girls didn’t play to their full potential...we see it (that potential) everyday in practice. Now it’s just a matter of putting it on the field.”

East Stroudsburg scored a little over a minute into the match. They would jump out to a 4-0 lead with around 25 minutes left.

‘Boro’s defense held strong for five minutes before the Warriors scored again. The Fighting Scots held out another four minutes before the next goal. Unfortunately, the Warriors then scored five goals in seven minutes to bring their lead to 11-0.

Redshirt freshman Anna Leva scored the first goal for ‘Boro with less than three minutes left in the first. ‘Boro trailed 11-1 at the end of the first half.

The Warriors scored five goals in less than 10 minutes to start the second. Before the last goal in the run, ‘Boro sophomore Kaitlyn Binotto replaced Candace McDole in goal. Junior Sidney Dobbins scored for the Scots with just under 18 minutes left in the game.

The Warriors scored another goal before Desiree Doucette put a point on the board for the Fighting Scots. Freshman Christina Clutter then replaced Binotto after the Warriors’ 19th goal to cover the net for the last six minutes of the loss.

The Scots may not have gotten back on the board, but they kept their intensity up and were attempting to score another goal when the clock ran out.

“They know that’s what we expect as coaches,” Stauffer said of the team’s play-to-the-whistle attitude despite the wide margin. “The game’s not over until the clock hits zero, so it’s just an expectation from us.”

“The girls’ intensity, their energy always stays up,” she added. “We just need to keep it consistent.”

Leva, Dobbins and Doucette all had one goal. McDole had five saves, Binotto had three saves and Clutter added another two.

Leva leads the Scots with 15 goals on the season so far and 19 points total. Dobbins, a midfielder on the soccer team during the fall, is next with eight goals. She is the team’s most accurate shooter, sending 13 of her 14 attempts on target.

Stauffer said her squad needs to create more offensive opportunities as their season continues.

“We want to get it on the offensive end more — off the draw more,” she explained. “We thought we were, you know, faster on the draw. We could get it down to our end, we’ve just got to take more shots.”

She continued: “Our defense has always been pretty much solid; it’s just our offense end...we’re trying to have them put goals in the back of the net.”

Edinboro headed north to Gannon Wednesday. They will host Bloomsburg University Saturday at 2 p.m. and Indiana University of Pennsylvania Tuesday at 4 p.m.

Erica Burkholder | sports.spectator@gmail.com

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