Story first appeared in the April 9, 2015 edition of the Edinboro University Spectator, which was distributed on campus and around the town of Edinboro.
The old adage states, “Offense wins games, but defense wins championships.”
The Edinboro women’s lacrosse team hopes to win a championship eventually, but right now is trying to win games and the offense is not quite there.
The Fighting Scots scored a total of 15 goals in their two matches last week as the ladies fell to Indiana (Pa.) 12-9 on March 31 and 10-6 to #18 Mercyhurst on April 4.
Edinboro (6-3, 3-3 PSAC) gave up 10 goals in the first half to the Crimson Hawks, scoring only five themselves, which put the Scots in a hole which they could never dig out of.
“A 12-9 score, and looking at last year’s score [against IUP] shows that we are doing better, but if you ask the players they probably thought the game got away from them,” head coach Kevin Cooke said in a phone interview Monday afternoon. “They did the little things right and we didn’t.”
Anna Purdy led the way for the Scots on the day netting three goals. Becca Martin registered four assists in the match.
The test did not get easier on Saturday against the Lakers, who are ranked eighth in the nation.
The match was a tale of two halves, which were exactly identical. Both Edinboro and Mercyhurst scored three goals and five goals, respectively, in each half of play. Rachel Olson and Purdy piloted the Scots with two goals apiece. Mercyhurst’s Jenna Schlagenhauf was the difference maker for the Lakers, netting five of their 10 goals.
There certainly is an offensive shortage as of late for the Scots, which may be contributed to that fact that the injury bug caught the squad.
“We are dealing with some injuries right now,” Cooke said. “It’s kind of hurt us a little bit. I can’t go into the details on who is hurt, but having injuries hasn’t helped our depth. Our depth has helped us get to this place. We lost two players at IUP and lost two more during the Mercyhurst game. Now we are asking some players to do a lot of different things.”
Regardless of lack of healthy players, the defense has not faltered, bolstered by freshman goalkeeper Paige Skinner.
“Paige Skinner in the goal kept us in both games, she really did,” Cooke admitted. “I think for someone who has had the chance as a freshman to come play and start, she has done a really great job for us. She’s made saves when most goalies that I have coached in the past 20 years would not have made.”
With the regular season winding down and the push for the PSAC playoffs on the horizon, Cooke would like another spark in its offense, which netted 66 goals in its four-game winning streak to open the season, but has only scored 48 times since.
“We need to find a few more goals, that is the big thing,” Cooke said. “Nine goals against IUP and only six goals against Mercyhurst, our offense has got to step up more. Defensively, to hold IUP to 12 goals and Mercyhurst to 10, that’s not such a bad thing.”
The road continues to be treacherous for the Fighting Scots. Edinboro hosted #16 Seton Hill on Wednesday, after deadline for this issue, before visiting #19 Bloomsburg on Saturday, hosting Slippery Rock on April 14 at 4 p.m. and visiting #18 West Chester on April 17.
SCORE BY PERIOD 1 2 Total
Edinboro 5 4 9 Indiana (PA) 10 2 12
Edinboro SCORING: GOALS: Anna Purdy 3; Cydney Hrycko 2; Kasey Thur 2; Emily Peters 1; Alexa Healy 1. ASSISTS: Rebecca Martin 4; Alexa Healy 1; Rachel Olson 1; Emily Peters 1.
Indiana (PA) SCORING: GOALS: Kim Hooven 4; Amy Weinberg 2; Sara Harshman 2; Carissa Smith 2; Brittany Palardy 1; Tara Nicholas 1. ASSISTS: Amy Weinberg 5; Sara Harshman 2; Bailey McLeish 2; Kim Hooven 1.
SCORE BY PERIOD 1 2 Tot
EDIN……………. 3 3 – 6
MER-W…………… 5 5 – 10
EDIN SCORING: GOALS: Anna Purdy 2; Rachel Olson 2; Emily Peters 1; Kasey Thur 1.
ASSISTS: Rebecca Martin 1.
MER-W SCORING: GOALS: Jenna Schlagenhauf 5; Emily Gebhardt 2; Becca Himes 1; Mackenzie Jordan 1; Carly Zimmerman 1.
ASSISTS: Becca Himes 4; Hannah Corton 2; Emily Gebhardt 1.