Women’s lacrosse opens season with home win over Wheeling Jesuit

Category:  Sports
Wednesday, February 28th, 2018 at 5:48 PM
Women’s lacrosse opens season with home win over Wheeling Jesuit by Erica Burkholder
Photo: Erica Burkholder

The Edinboro women’s lacrosse team gave Interim Head Coach Jenny Wirth her first win with an 11-8 victory over Wheeling Jesuit University on Feb. 22.

An Edinboro push that started with an Anna Leva goal with six seconds left in the first half would give Edinboro the momentum they needed to win. Leva’s play gave the Fighting Scots the edge they needed in the contest. 

The Fighting Scots started the game at a slow pace, only scoring two goals during the majority of the first half. Leva, a freshman, would score the first goal of the season and her career. Sophie DePalma also scored her first goal of the season with an assist from Sidney Dobbins. 

Wheeling Jesuit’s Kori Hickman and Lyndsay Carpenter scored shortly after both goals, continuing to tie up the game. Wheeling Jesuit would then notch four unanswered goals to go up 6-2 with a minute left in the first half. Leva scored with six seconds left to cut the deficit to three. 

Edinboro came out for the second half ready to play. Lindsey Brinkel opened up the scoring a little over 30 seconds in with a goal from a Leva assist. Stephanie Chido scored next for the Scots. 

Edinboro’s goalkeeper, Candace McDole, made three clutch saves before Jesuit would score again, two of which were on free position shots. Leva scored another goal 13 seconds after Jesuit’s first marker, putting the score at 7-6. 

Wheeling Jesuit put up one more goal before an Edinboro scoring rush. Goals from Leva and Thomas would tie the game. Five minutes would pass before another Leva goal gave Edinboro the lead, with a DePalma goal adding to the lead. Leva struck once more, helping put it away at 11-8.

She would finish with six goals. DePalma scored two of her own. McDole made 13 saves throughout the game. 

Edinboro’s lacrosse team is a young squad this year with 12 freshmen, and nine out of Edinboro’s 11 goals in their opening contest were scored by freshmen.

Wirth said she hopes the team continues that second-half momentum throughout the season.

“I think a big change for us is [that] they were a second-half team in this game, and that’s something that is one of our goals for the season, so making sure we maintain that throughout the year is very important,” she explained. 

“It’s a great start for our season; they’ve got their heads up nice and high so hopefully we can keep that up.” 

The team will take on Roberts Wesleyan University at home on Thursday at 4 p.m.

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

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