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Women’s lacrosse off to the best start in school history

Scots sink Ship 16-9 in PSAC, home opener

Story first appeared in the March 26, 2015 edition of the Edinboro University Spectator, which was distributed on campus and around the town of Edinboro.

The Edinboro women’s lacrosse team spent the majority of the last few months practicing and training inside Mike S. Zafirovski Sports and Recreation Dome.

After the ladies’ start to the season, they may want to stay inside.

The Scots started the season 4-0, the best start to a season in school history, after defeating Shippensburg 16-9 Saturday in Boro’s PSAC opener and first game at Sox Harrison Stadium this season. However, this beginning doesn’t surprise head coach Kevin Cooke.

“No, I’m not surprised,” Cooke said Monday afternoon. “If you watch our practices, the kids are doing really well. Dome or no dome, outside or inside, it hasn’t really mattered. Stick work is fantastic. The transition is always the question mark and they rose to the occasion. That was evident the first four minutes of the season when you go to Newberry and score five, six goals in the first five minutes. It was fantastic.”

The Fighting Scots offense has been on fire to start the season as the ladies netted 66 goals in four games so far this season. That firepower has translated into wins and with winning comes confidence, according to sophomore Cydney Hrycko.

“Everybody is super excited,” the Waterloo, New York native said. “Winning definitely boosts your confidence. Last year we started off with Shippensburg and lost by one goal and that was a little discouraging. I think starting off this year with a [PSAC] win and a strong win was really motivating for our team. I think it is going to steer us in the right direction for the season.”

Hyrcko scored three goals and registered one assist in Saturday’s victory.

Becca Martin had a nice individual start to the season. The junior had a game-high eight assists on Saturday, bringing her season total up to 26, accounting for more than half of the team’s assists so far this year.

Alexa Healy had a solid start to Saturday’s match and a great match overall. Healy scored the first three goals of the match and finished with seven goals, a career-high for the sophomore and also one shy of tying the school record for most goals in a single match, which was set by Shannon Rohrich against Millersville in 2013.

Another Scot who individually is standing out this young season is freshman goalie Paige Skinner. Skinner took over as the starter between the pipes after Autumn Held decided late last month that she would not be returning for the season. The Jamesville, New York native made 13 saves on Saturday against Shippensburg and received praise from her head coach.

“That was one of her goals,” Cooke said of Skinner starting. “That was her goal. Regardless of who the competition was. During some of our individual meetings after fall ball she expressed that she wanted to be a starter. So the mentality is there, which is great…I think Paige is up to the challenge. In practices and warmups she’s looked really good. We are excited.”

Hyrcko summarized what the squad needs to focus on moving forward.

“Our transitioning is a big thing in our midfield from each of the 30 [yard lines],” she said. “We have a solid defense, we have a solid offense, if we can just get it down through smoothly, which we have done very well so far, that’s a big thing with our team. Just need to work it back up and down the field, otherwise it isn’t going to move anywhere. I think our offense needs to stay strong. We get discouraged sometimes as well as the defense…I think above all, we need to be mentally tough.”

The Scots host Kutztown on Friday at 3 p.m. and Millersville on Saturday at 2 p.m. before visiting Indiana (Pa.) on March 31.

Box Score

Shippensburg           2 7    9
Edinboro                  10 6 16

Shippensburg SCORING: GOALS: Sheila Johnson 3; Garrie Grenfell 2; Amanda Frank 1; T.J. Johnson 1; Courtney Kennedy 1; Sarah McLeod 1. ASSISTS: Amanda Frank 2; Garrie Grenfell 1; Sheila Johnson 1; T.J. Johnson 1.

Edinboro SCORING: GOALS: Alexa Healy 7; Cydney Hrycko 3; Anna Purdy 2; Emily Peters 2; Rachel Olson 1; Hannah Mong 1. ASSISTS: Rebecca Martin 8; Anna Purdy 2; Cydney Hrycko 1.



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