Crimson Hawks win third straight; Burrows keeps offense rolling

By Brad O'Hara, Staff Writer, B.L.Ohara@iup.edu, 4/14/11

The IUP lacrosse team is now on a three-game winning streak after a home win against Slippery Rock University Wednesday, improving its record to 7-4 overall and 6-1 in the conference.

Katie Martyn (sophomore, criminology) helped lead the way, scoring two goals, picking up an assist and controlling seven draws on the way to a 10-7 victory.

Riley Greenleaf (junior, finance) and Kim Hooven (senior, elementary and special education) helped out with the scoring effort, with Greenleaf scoring two goals and Hooven scoring one.

Ally Burrows (sophomore, biology) picked up another four-point game, scoring three goals for the Crimson Hawks and picking up an assist.

This game was Burrows’ sixth game with four points or more this season and brought her up to 42 points on the year with five games remaining in the regular season.

“Personally, I’ve just been focused on playing my role on the team,” Burrows said.

Katie Martyn (sophomore, criminology) was one of the team’s top offensive performers in the 10-7 win over Slippery Rock University.

“My role is to attack the cage and score, and I’ve been trying to attack all over the field and be a threat everywhere I am. Each game I’ve been trying to improve in the midfield, whether it’s getting more ground balls or more caused turnovers. I’m also trying not to play scared and to be confident in my play from here on out.”

The lacrosse team is looking to continue its winning streak and its dominance in the conference against the No. 11 team in the nation, West Chester University.  West Chester is currently 8-3 overall and 5-2 in the conference.

IUP will do battle with them at 2 p.m. Saturday in West Chester.

The game will be a challenge, but the team is confident and prepared to stay on the winning side of things.

“We plan to take our strategy into our game by just playing our game and not worrying about the opponent,” Burrows said.

“We are going to take some confidence from our last few games and really dominate the field. We are looking to have control of the game and to make West Chester adjust to us, not the other way around.”

After West Chester, the women will return home to take on Mercyhurst University Tuesday.