Lady Eagles ready for take off
By Alex Reid in Sports
April 5, 2012
After annihilating East Stroudsburg, the 10th-ranked Lock Haven University lacrosse team was determined to do something against Bloomsburg University that they hadn’t done all season– win consistently.
With an energetic haven crowd in attendance, at Charlotte E. Smith Field, Head Coach Kristen Selvage and the Lady Eagles entered Saturday’s game with the intention to not only win decisively but to dominate in all phases of the game.
“We have to continue to play with more intensity on offensive and to keep ourselves from going goal to goal. Shutting them down on defense will be a crucial factor for us today,” stated Selvage.”
In their 40th meeting Lock Haven leads the series 20-19 and beat them soundly last year 13-6. The Lady Eagles have dominated the Huskies in the last decade with an impressive winning streak against them that goes back to 2005.
The Huskies, on the other hand, have been on cloud nine after an improbable victory over ninth ranked West Chester University earlier this week, not to mention having a better record regular season record, as the Huskies sit comfortably at 4-3.
Ready to kick off this PSAC rivalry, the Huskies started off with a bang scoring in the first 14 seconds to put them up 1-0. After that the teams exchanged blows with neither taking control until the “Buss” arrived.
Gwen Buss took over scoring with two consecutive goals to give the Lady Eagles a solid lead at 3-2. After that Lock Haven took the lead and never looked back as Buss and Chelsea Borrino took over the first half. Buss scored a game high, four goals, while Borrino scored three and netted a hat trick for the second consecutive game,
“We were able to control the game and definitely played to our full advantage. Honestly, I think we could have scored a few more; but we did our job by shutting them defensively by holding them to only seven goals in the first half,” stated Borrino.
With a 10-7 lead after the first half, the Lady Eagles exploded widening their lead to 12-7. While the Huskies tried to come back in the middle of the second half, Lock Haven put the hammer down, offensively, scoring two goals in the final five minutes from Elyse Fisher and Emily Cilla.
Never relinquishing their lead the Lady Eagles beat the Huskies in dominating fashion winning decisively 15-10.
Bringing their record back to .500 at 4-4, winning definitely, gave the Lady Eagles the momentum that they’ll need to carry them back to being PSAC Champions. Coach Selvage, however, was more impressed by the way they played rather than their record.
“We played tough and played through a lot of fouls and pushes. We stayed composed, focused, and never let our eye off the prize. The intensity was there, the maturity was there; and I believe that if we continue to play like this, we’ll only get better as a team.”
Under the helm of Coach Selvage, the Lady Eagles have won three back-to-back championships from 2009-2011; but Selvage believes that there’s still room for improvement.
“We lost some tough games at the beginning of the season, so, right now I really think that we need to improve our confidence. Today’s win definitely gave us a boost, especially with the way that we worked today as a team. They believe in each other, and that kind of trust is what will make us successful. We played well today, but we still have to be more aggressive on offense and play flawless.”
Playing collectively well, as a whole, is an understatement as the Lady Eagles put up goals from seven different players.
While Buss and Borrino dominated Lock Haven had stellar performances by Jackie Macone, who led a strong defensive effort with three ground balls, one draw control, and one caused turnover. Elyse Fisher scored three goals, Emily Cilla added two, and Kayleigh Johnson had a monster day dishing out five assists and scoring once. Goalie Heather Sacko also made a key contribution with eight saves.
Entering the second half of the season, the Lady Eagles have high aspirations to extend their winning streak as they hit the road on Friday to face Edinboro University at 4 p.m.