As the first couple seconds ticked off the clock in Saturdays lacrosse game the Marauders put themselves on the scoreboard.
Junior Midfielder Liz Weekley put the ball into the back of IUP’s net before a minute of play was up. Receiving the assist from senior attack Rebecca Barker, Weekley scored her first of five goals in Saturday’s game to lead the team to their first win of the
season 17-6. This was the the eleventh time Weekly scored at least five goals in her career at Millersville.
The Marauders were coming off a 10-13 loss against Bloomsburg on March 10 and were in need of a win.
“Saturday was our second game of the season, which meant the jitters were out and we knew what we need to do differently,” Barker said. “We focused on not forcing the ball and waiting for good shots. We also did a much better job getting the ball off the center draw then in the first game, this is huge and often difficult for us because it allows us to be on the offensive end more often.”
From the time the first goal was scored until the final seconds ticked off the clock the Marauders were hammering IUP’s goal cage.
The Marauders sure had the offensive hand on Saturday as they out shot IUP 43-24. Junior midfield attacker Katie DiRico scored four goals and so did sophomore attack Kelsey Schmoltze.
Freshman attack and defense Brittany Long also scored two goals to aide in the
“We upped the tempo in this game big time. Our movement off ball was much more effective and we had some great passing in the midfield which helped save the legs of our midfielders,” Barker said.
On the defensive end sophomore goalkeeper Courtney Haggerty kept the Marauder lead alive with a total of 14 saves throughout the game.
“Haggerty had another great game in the goal cage; as a team we are so proud of her, she has been injured yet comes out and plays like she is 100 percent,” said Barker. “Having that kind of attitude in the cage definitely affects the rest of the team in a positive manner.”
The lacrosse team will be in action again against East Stroudsburg on Wednesday March 18. The Marauders are heading into the game looking for an opportunity to work the offense. However they will not be taking the Warriors lightly as they do not want to get ahead of themselves and be defeated. Like any time they realize that they still have areas to improve upon.
“I think we are still working on moving in our offensive,” Barker said. “ESU will be a great opportunity for us to really work the offense without having the immediate need to score.”
It is only the start of the season and the lacrosse team has important games coming up. They play West Chester at home on March 26 and get a chance to face Bloomsburg again on April 4. The team will be looking to beat the Huskies on their home turf like they just did to the Marauders last week.
“In our upcoming games we are going to look to hack out details to prepare for WCU next week,” Barker said. “Another huge goal for the season is going to be to beat Bloom; when we play them again, as a team we would like to see that happen more then anything.”