Crimson Hawks lacrosse continues early-season PSAC dominance

The Indiana University of Pennsylvania women’s lacrosse team owns wins over two top-eight schools so far, and the wins keep piling up as the season continues.

“We started off a little slow with scoring this season but finally found a way to dominate teams with scoring,” Amy Weinberg (sophomore, special education and clinical services) said.

The Crimson Hawks continued their recent offensive assault with a 21-5 victory at Edinboro University Tuesday afternoon at Sox Harrison Stadium.

With the victory, the Crimson Hawks’ record now stands at a Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference-best 5-0 and a 7-2 overall mark.

“I think that we have really been playing with a lot of confidence, and they’ve really been playing together as a team,” head coach Mindy Richmond said. “We made it a goal of ours to finish the game more strongly. That was something we were able to accomplish in our last two conference games.”

In the newest Intercollegiate Women’s Lacrosse Coaches Association Top 15 poll, the Crimson Hawk women moved up one spot to No. 7.

“It certainly is exciting, first of all to break into the top 10 [of the rankings],” Richmond said. “Our No. 1 goal is to go far [in the PSAC] playoffs, and we’re looking to win the championship this season.”

In the last three games, with two coming against PSAC opponents, IUP has scored an average of 20 goals while limiting offensive chances for opponents to the tune of less than seven goals a game.

“We keep treating every game as if it is the top team in the conference and have been setting goals for our team,” Weinberg said.

Against the Fighting Scots, IUP got out to an early lead and never looked back.

The Crimson Hawks jumped out to a 12-2 lead in the first half and limited opportunities for Edinboro.

Drew Hayden (sophomore, special education and clinical services) got things going for the Crimson Hawks, scoring the first two goals of the game just 17 seconds apart.

Edinboro countered with a goal to make it 2-1, but Hayden completed her hat trick 26 seconds later on a pass from Chelsey Hipp (senior) to stretch the lead to 3-1.

IUP ran the score to 11-1 before Edinboro’s Cydney Hrycko found the back of the net.

Kim Hooven’s (freshman) goal before halftime sent the Crimson Hawks into the break with a comfortable 12-2 lead.

The second half was much of the same, as Hayden opened the scoring before Weinberg scored back-to-back goals to bring the lead to 15-3.

Edinboro answered with two goals, but the Crimson Hawks countered with six consecutive goals to close out the victory.

In all, 10 players found the scoring column for IUP for the second straight game.

Kim Hooven and Brittney Palardy (sophomore, health and physical education) each scored two goals on three shots after the tandem each scored five goals Friday, March 28, against Millersville University.

The stout IUP defense gave up just 10 shots, while the Crimson Hawks battered the Fighting Scots’ net 35 times.

IUP is back in action Saturday when the team hosts East Stroudsburg University.

For Richmond, the Crimson Hawks need to continue playing their game and hope the weather will cooperate after snow caused the cancellation of Sunday’s game with Alderson-Broaddus University.

“We need to just continue playing as a team, having fun and enjoying lacrosse,” Richmond said.

Game action for Saturday is set for 3 p.m. at George P. Miller Stadium. This will be the first matchup between IUP and East Stroudsburg this season.