Women’s lacrosse surpasses 2017 wins, takes two of three over break

Category:  Sports
Wednesday, March 21st, 2018 at 5:25 PM

The Edinboro women’s lacrosse team went 2-1 over spring break, already surpassing last year’s win total.

The first game was a decisive win over Holy Family University on March 11, while a closer triumph followed against Georgian Court University on March 13. The Scots then lost their first PSAC game to Millersville on March 17. 

Anna Leva, Sophie DePalma and Lindsey Brinkel led the Fighting Scots in scoring over the break, while Candace McDole set a school record for saves in a single game. 

Edinboro dominated their game against Holy Family from the start and didn’t let up, earning a 17-6 win. 

Emma Gordon scored her first two goals of the season within minutes, while a Leva goal and then two from DePalma brought the Scots up to 5-0 a little over 10 minutes into the game. Holy Family’s Rose Bachmayer finally hit the net for her side to bring the game to 5-1.

Leva then scored two more goals with DePalma assists and Edinboro’s Maddie Mulcahy earned her first goal of the season. DePalma responded to a Holy Family score with a goal of her own, and less than 30 seconds later gave Brinkel an assist for her first goal of the game. The Tigers scored one more goal to end the half trailing by six.

Brinkel continued the scoring streak that started at the end of the first when she put up two more goals to start the second. Kandyce Graham and Stephanie Chido scored two goals to add to the Scots lead before the Tigers scored again.

Hannah Fitzgerald scored a goal with the Scots a player up, and Brinkel scored her fourth of the game, a free position shot, to go up 16-5. DePalma then scored her fourth goal of the game to give the Scots the 17-6 victory.

Edinboro’s next game against Georgian Court University started off much differently than their first. Georgian Court scored the first goal of the game, and while the teams essentially traded goals for most of the first half, the Lions were, at one point, able to put up three unanswered goals. 

Edinboro trailed at the half 9-5, with three of the team’s goals scored by Leva. 

While Georgian Court again put up the first goal of the second half, ‘Boro responded by registering five unanswered goals courtesy of Leva, DePalma and Fitzgerald. 

The Lions added one goal to take the lead again, but DePalma soon tied the game and Fitzgerald, Brinkel and Leva would add four more goals to end the win in the flurry, 15-11.

Candace McDole set a school record for saves with 22 in the game. Leva scored seven goals. DePalma had four goals of her own and Fitzgerald scored three.

The win was the Fighting Scots’ third of the season, surpassing their total from last year. 

Edinboro started PSAC action with a loss against Millersville on Saturday. The game was originally scheduled to be played in Edinboro, but inclement weather forced the location of the game to move to Millersville.

The Marauders opened scoring 30 seconds into the game and went on a seven-goal run before DePalma scored for ‘Boro. Both teams scored three more times to end the half 10-4.

Brinkel would break a Millersville three-goal run in the second half when she scored for the Fighting Scots. The teams traded goals for the rest of the game, finishing the contest with Millersville leading 22-12.

The Scots’ 12 goals were the most allowed by Millersville so far this year. They had allowed just nine goals total in three games before facing Edinboro. 

Brinkel and DePalma both scored four goals in the contest, giving Brinkel nine scores in the team’s three games over break, while DePalma had 12.

Leva, who didn’t net a goal against Millersville, continued her hot start in the other two games, scoring 10 to bring her total through five games to 20 goals. That mark is the best on the team this season. Edinboro’s single-season goals record is 48, set by Shannon Rohrich in 2013.

Edinboro finished spring break with a 3-2 overall record, which they brought home as they hosted Seton Hill University on Tuesday.

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

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