Lacrosse extends hot start with win over Millersville

The Indiana University of Pennsylvania women’s lacrosse team continued to tear through its opening slate of games with a 21-7 win at Millersville University Friday.

The win moves IUP’s record to 6-2 and a perfect 4-0 in Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference play. The Crimson Hawks already have two signature wins on the season against top-ranked teams in victories over Rollins College and Lock Haven University.

“This team has a very high potential this season especially because of the huge upsets we’ve already had,” Amy Weinberg (sophomore, special education and clinical services) said. “We’ve finally found the team chemistry that we need in order to stay ranked in the top 10.”

The Crimson Hawks, ranked No. 8 in the Intercollegiate Women’s Lacrosse Coaches Association Division II Weekly Poll, kept up their offensive assault on their way to a fourth straight victory.

IUP had its second-best offensive output of the season with the 21 goal effort, which comes less than two weeks from the team’s 22-goal day Saturday, March 15, against the University of Tampa.

Against Millersville, the Crimson Hawks set the tone early, scoring the game’s first five goals in just over three minutes of game time.

The Marauders fought back to get within three goals at 6-3, but back-to-back goals by Brittney Palardy (sophomore, health and physical education) pushed IUP’s lead to 8-4 going into halftime.

In the second half, Millersville scored three goals as IUP cruised to victory.

IUP pestered the Millersville net all game long, taking 24 shots in each half, while holding the Marauders to just 15 total attempts.

Crimson Hawk goalkeeper Katie Davis (senior, undeclared) was forced to make just four saves in the first half and kept a clean sheet after halftime.

“The key to victory playing against Millersville was playing as a team and keeping our composure,” Weinberg said. “We wanted to finish the game strong and not let down.”

Kim Hooven (freshman, undeclared) got things started for IUP with her goal from inside the circle. The score was 26 seconds into the game on a pass from Alex Edwards (senior, health and physical education).

Michelle Zakrzewski (senior, health and physical education), Hooven and Weinberg added goals before Millersville scored three of the next four goals.

Palardy started the scoring after the break with an unassisted goal to open the second half with the third of her five goals. Palardy’s fifth goal was answered by Millersville’s Brooke Fisher to cut the lead to 14-6.

However, IUP ripped off six consecutive goals in the last 11 minutes to end the game.

In total, 10 Crimson Hawk players found the back of the net, with Weinberg totaling a game-high two assists.

The win keeps IUP on pace with Bloomsburg University in the PSAC race. The No. 15 Huskies have an identical 4-0 conference record.

The Crimson Hawks were to play Alderson-Broaddus University Sunday afternoon in a nonconference tilt, but snowfall created undesirable playing conditions leading to the game’s cancellation.

IUP goes back on the road for a matchup Tuesday against Edinboro University before returning home Saturday against East Stroudsburg. Start time for Saturday is set for 3 p.m. at George P. Miller Stadium.

“We just have to keep playing the way we are playing,” Weinberg said. “Lots of teams want to knock us down because of our huge win against Lock Haven, so if we play our game we should come out on top against both teams.”