WAYNESBURG, Pa.- Franciscan University lost to Waynesburg University 14-7 in the inaugural women's lacrosse team's closest game of the season.
Despite the loss, head coach Maura Conant was happy with the way her team performed. The team was only down by one goal, 6-5 with a minute left in the first half.
"Everyone was working so well, and we had our first taste of what it feels like to be close in a game," Conant said. "It's encouraging because it's the most goals we've scored all season and the least amount we've allowed all season. That shows me we're working together as a unit."
Not only was it the most goals scored and least amount allowed in any game all season, the team also met all the goals Conant had set for them.
"I'm really proud of our girls because we set a lot of goals for ourselves and all of those goals were achieved, " Conant said. "I had a goal that every single offensive player get on the board with statistics.
The Barons' offense didn't disappoint and succeeded in getting all the offense on the board. Attackman Tracy McClleland scored two goals for the Barons, and midfielder, Lauren Noce, contributed one goal. Both McClleland and Noce have consistently been a strong presence for the Barons' offense.
However, the team's offense began to grow stronger this game with three new contributing offensive players scoring for the Barons.
"We had Tracy and Noce at the beginning of the season being our only offensive threats, and we added Shannon [Root], Meg [Gargulinski], and Magdalena [Munoz] with goals," Conant said.
Both Shannon Root and Magdalena Munoz scored their first goal of the season, and Meg Gargulinski scored on both of her two shots on goal. Coach Conant said she is excited about the contributions to the offense from Root, Munoz, and Gargulinski and what it means for the growth of the team.
"I like seeing more people getting stats because it shows that more people are improving and growing in confidence," Conant said. "Everyone's contributing and that's how you build a team."
The Barons will go into practice preparing for their next game which is at home against Wilmington on March 8, at 4 p.m.