April 9, 2013

First Half Lead Slips Away Against D II Opponent

NORTH CANTON, Ohio- Unable to hold onto an early lead, Franciscan women's lacrosse fell to Walsh University 8-6. The Lady Barons were up 4-1 at the half against the Division II opponent, but with only two subs and seven minutes of possession in the second half, Franciscan wasn't able to hang on.

"When you're winning and then tied and then lose, it's tough," head coach Maura Conant said. "We just have to shake it off and say what can we learn from this and move on."

Two minutes into the game, freshman attacker Tracy McClelland, scored the first of her three goals to give the Lady Barons the first lead of the game.

A goal from freshman midfielder Shannon Root and a second goal from McClelland put FUS up 3-0. Then sophomore midfielder Rebecca Radzinski, who was added to the Lady Baron roster earlier in the week, scored the final goal of the first half to put FUS up 4-1.

After the strong start, the Cavaliers answered back with a 5-0 run in the first ten minutes of the second half, and Franciscan never recovered, despite a third goal from McClelland and goal from leading scorer Lauren Noce.

Despite their second-half struggles Conant said she was pleased overall with her team's performance.

"The offense threw the ball around really well," Conant said about her team's strengths in the game. "We also double-teamed really well on defense."

Conant added that she was also extremely pleased with sophomore goalie Bethany Potvin's who had 12 saves in her third start of the season.

"Our goalie did amazing," Conant said about Potvin who didn't allow any goals until 13 minutes into the first half.

The Lady Barons performance, particularly in the first half, enabled them to achieve a number of the benchmarks they traditionally set before each game.

"We had a team goal of being the first to score, and we scored within the first two minutes of the first half, "Conant said. "We also had a defensive goal of not allowing the other team to score within the first five minutes, and they didn't until 13 minutes into the first half."

The Lady Barons will take the momentum of a close loss to a Division II opponent and look to turn it into a win in their next game at St. Vincent on Thursday, April 11 at 5 p.m.

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