LAX offense stifled by Griffins

Published by adviser, Author: Matthew Morgan - Assistant Sports Editor, Date: March 27, 2014

The Slippery Rock University women’s lacrosse team (3-3, 0-1 PSAC) fell to the Griffins of Seton Hill (6-2, 1-2 PSAC) in the Green and White’s first PSAC competition of the season. The Griffins won the match by a score of 10-9 on home turf.

“What’s killing us is our turnovers,” SRU head coach Emily Hopkins said. “Their (Seton Hill’s) goalies only had three saves all game. We need to protect the ball and take advantage of the opportunities we get.”

The loss to Seton hill by a one-goal margin is the second in a row for Slippery Rock. SRU fell to Shepherd University in overtime on Saturday 16-17.

“These close games all depend on our level of intensity, which has been lacking,” freshman attacker Chynna Chan said.

The nine goals scored in the game by SRU is the lowest thus far this season.

The teams played rather evenly throughout the game aside from a 3-0 Seton Hill run put together in either half. The first run handed the Griffin’s a 5-2 lead in the first half, the second coming after halftime and put Seton Hill to a 9-6 lead.

Slippery Rock trailed 10-7 with 14:39 remaining in the game. SRU scored two goals during the rest of the game, falling one goal short of overtime, 10-10.

Junior Paige Costantino led SRU with five points from three goals and two assists. Sophomore Erin Wilcox added three goals for the Rock and sophomore Kaitlyn Callaghan added two goals.

Sophomore Hannah Houde had 15 saves for SRU while allowing ten goals.

Sophomore Emily Fagan led Seton Hill with three goals and two assists. Junior Emma Simmers added four goals for the Griffins and was the leading scorer of the game. The game ended with the Griffins more than doubling the amount of Slippery Rock’s attempted shots, 39-17.

“In order for us to make a strong push towards playoffs, we need to believe in ourselves,” freshman Chynna Chan said. “We have the skill and speed, we are fully capable of taking the PSACS by storm, we just need to be confident in our abilities to get us there.”

Chan places fifth on the team thus far this season in points as a freshman.

“My coaches and teammates push me to work hard and get better everyday, and that is all I can ask for,” Chan said.

Slippery Rock’s next game comes Friday afternoon when they visit West Chester University for a 3 p.m. game.

“We are trying to make some adjustments. The games we have lost, we made mistakes,” Hopkins said. “Too many turnovers, not enough shots. We are studying their film and seeing where they are at.”

The West Chester Rams are ranked 10th in the nation, the second nationally ranked team that SRU has played this season.


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