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SRU squashes Boro lacrosse’s PSAC playoff hopes

Scots lose 16-9, fall out of playoff picture

Rachel Olson (above) netted a hat trick in Edinboro’s 19-6 loss to Slippery Rock (Contributed Photo/Edinboro University Sports Information).
Rachel Olson (above) netted a hat trick in Edinboro’s 19-6 loss to Slippery Rock (Contributed Photo/Edinboro University Sports Information).

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

Before the season commenced, head women’s lacrosse coach Kevin Cooke said that this season was all about the playoffs.

His squad’s loss to Slippery Rock all but made the chances of qualifying impossible.

Edinboro (6-6, 3-6 PSAC) fell to SRU 19-6 in a PSAC women’s lacrosse match on April 14 at Sox Harrison Stadium, hurting the Fighting Scots’ PSAC playoff chances.

“Today was one of those playoff games, for us,” Cooke said after the loss. “Something we have been talking about with the team that last couple of days is that they need to win all four games [remaining]. If you win all four games, you are in. If you don’t, if you lose any of them, there is a great chance you aren’t in.”

Despite the two squads coming in with nearly identical records and being next to each other in the standings, it seemed as though SRU was on another level.

The Rock came out and scored two quick goals in the first minute of the match, but Boro fought back to make it 4-2 a couple minutes later, thanks to goals from Rachel Olson, who finished with a hat trick, and Becca Martin.

The dagger came in the remaining minutes of the half as SRU outscored Boro 7-1 in the final 20 minutes of the opening frame, taking an 11-3 lead into the locker room.

A big helper of the scoring run was Boro winning only three draw controls the whole first half, tallying only seven in the contest, compared to SRU’s 20.

“It is difficult,” Cooke said about staying in the game without gaining possession. “You’ve got to gain possession. When the ball is 50-50 to start with and you don’t even get 50 percent of the draw controls, it really does hurt. They took it to us. Not only the person taking the draw, but the [midfielders]. If they decided to go to the goal, they went hard and we had no answer for it.”

Freshman Paige Skinner was the one without the answers in the net as she struggled, allowing 12 goals and registering five saves. Cooke brought in sophomore Amanda Zbinovec after the first allowed goal of the second half, with 28:55 showing on the game clock.

The Rock showed speed everywhere on the field and was fresh, with a roster of 27 ladies, compared to Boro’s 20. Additionally, the Scots are still without sophomore midfielder Cydney Hrycko, who has been sidelined for the last few games due to an injury.

However, SRU’s quickness was not a surprise to Cooke.

“They are fast,” he said adamantly. “We saw that on film. It was something we told the team beforehand. Their defenders are fast, their midfielders are fast, as far as their attack is concerned, it’s not that they are slow, or that they are super fast, but they are good enough. Everything kind of revolves around their midfield and that is really what took it to us today.”

For Slippery Rock, attacker Paige Costantino led the way with three goals and four assists. Midfielder Kaytlin Callaghan notched three goals and one assist. Additionally, Erin Wilcox chipped in three goals and one assist as well. Goalkeeper Jordan Wagner was solid in the net, allowing four goals and saving seven shots in 42 minutes of action.

Edinboro battled Gannon at Sox Harrison Stadium on Wednesday, after deadline for this issue, to finish its 2015 campaign.

*Editor’s Note: Edinboro fell to West Chester on Friday, 23-6, and lost to East Stroudsburg 18-8 on Saturday. The Scots are now 6-8 overall and 3-8 in the PSAC.

BOX SCORE
Slippery Rock 11 8 19
Edinboro 3 3 6
Slippery Rock SCORING: GOALS: Paige Costantino 3; Kaytlin Callaghan 3; Erin Wilcox 3; Jasey Sanders 2; Chynna Chan 2; Danni Wilson 2; Anna-M. Warrington 1; Ally Culhane 1; Caitlynn Palladino 1; Lexi Foster 1. ASSISTS: Paige Costantino 4; Kaytlin Callaghan 1; Jasey Sanders 1; Erin Wilcox 1.
Edinboro SCORING: GOALS: Rachel Olson 3; Emily Peters 2; Rebecca Martin 1. ASSISTS: Rebecca Martin 1.

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