The IUP lacrosse team’s winning streak was stopped in its tracks by the No. 11 team in the nation, West Chester University.
The Golden Rams out-shot IUP, controlled more draws, caused more turnovers and out-scored the Crimson Hawks in Saturday’s contest.
The 20-9 defeat was IUP’s largest loss since its second game of the season. The loss brought IUP down to a 7-5 overall record and 6-2 in the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference.
Picking up points for the Crimson Hawks were Adriana Greco (sophomore, undecided), who scored three goals; Riley Greenleaf (junior, finance), who earned two goals and an assist; and Bri Chavis (sophomore, criminology), Katie Martyn (sophomore, criminology), Lauren Robinson (sophomore, early childhood development and special education) and Carissa Smith (senior, sports administration) all added one goal each.
“The West Chester loss was definitely a tough one,” IUP head coach Mindy Richmond said.
“Though the score did not show it, this is definitely a team that we can compete with, and we were very disappointed in our overall performance. Just about everything that could go wrong did, and not only were we battling the other team, but also the local officials, who seemed to be extremely one-sided.
“I think that moving forward, this game will help us see the adjustments that need to be made with our zone defense. It is great film to learn from and will help us see where our breakdowns were so that they don’t happen again.”
Goalkeeper Angela Lontoc (junior, pre-med chemistry) is looking past the loss and looking toward the future.
“While it was apparent that the West Chester loss was a very tough one, we will not let that game define who we are as a team,” Lontoc said. “It was a tough loss, and obviously not the outcome we expected, but we can take that game and learn so many lessons from it. The rest of the conference games will be a battle, and I know my teammates and I are hungrier than ever for a PSAC championship.”
Looking ahead, IUP’s last two home games will be played Tuesday and Thursday.
In the first of its two home games, the team will take on a rather impressive Mercyhurst University team that boasts an 8-3 record. The game will be played at 4 p.m. at Miller Stadium.
The squad’s final home game of the regular season will be against Edinboro University.
Edinboro is currently 1-11 overall and is still in search of its first conference win.
This game will also begin at 4 p.m.