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Tigers trample OWU women’s lacrosse

Staff April 23, 2012 Sports No Comments

Ohio Wesleyan players frantically fight Wittenberg for the ball for a chance to gain the lead.

After a quick and early seven-goal run by Wittenberg, the Bishops were not able to push back with a scoring run of their own in a game dictated by scoring streaks on Wednesday, April 11 at Selby Stadium.

The Wittenberg Tigers won the game by a score of 17-10.

In just the first half of the first period, Wittenberg unleashed their seven-goal streak.
Junior Annie Swanson, who was the leading Bishop scorer with three goals, said Wittenberg scored mainly because the Ohio Wesleyan team was shocked.

Ohio Wesleyan players Lauren Figy (left) and Jenna Ortega (center) try to prevent a Wittenberg player (right) from shooting in the first half of the game on Wednesday night.

“We got a little frazzled at times, and I think that that was mental,” Swanson said.

Wittenberg’s scoring run did not go unanswered, however.

The Bishops, from the middle of the first half to the top of the second, scored six straight goals, which brought them only a point from the Tiger’s lead.

The Bishop’s run was broken by an unassisted Wittenberg goal by junior midfielder Erin Guiliano, who eventually helped propel another five-goal scoring run by Wittenberg.

Meg Grossman, head coach of the women’s Bishop lacrosse team, said Guiliano’s score was when things started to fall for OWU.

“Our (team’s) momentum got halted by Wittenberg’s goal,” she said.

Junior Molly Curry, like Swanson, said the game was definitely mental.

“You know we had the ability. You could tell by the way we scored,” Curry said.

The game was a “Red Alert” game, meaning it was highly publicized by the Spirit and Homecoming Organization (SHO).

Bishop Coach Meg Grossman speaks to the team after a tough game against Wittenberg.

Junior Clare Whitaker, president of SHO, said the game was a success.

“It raised awareness and school spirit at sporting events. I think it worked,” Whitaker said.

“There were more fans here this time then the rest of the season.”

Grossman said the game was nothing for the Bishops to hang their heads about.

“It showed us aspects of the team: team cohesion, being constructive, and keeping level heads,” Grossman said.

“It’s going to be a hard-fought rest of the season,” she said.

It was the Bishop’s second conference match.

The women’s lacrosse team has lost the first two of their conference matches as of April 16 against Wittenberg and Allegheny College.

The record stands at 6-4 overall. On Sunday, April 22, the Bishops are playing another conference game against Oberlin at 1 p.m. in Oberlin, Ohio.

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