Lady Barons Knock Off Rust In Loss to Otterbein

WESTERVILLE, Ohio—The Lady Baron lacrosse team braved chilly winds to face Otterbein University but ultimately fell 20-2 to the Cardinals.

Due to two rescheduled games, the Lady Barons played their first game in two weeks. Knocking off the rust, combined with Otterbein's offensive push of five goals in the first eight minutes, put Franciscan behind from the get-go.

Head coach Maura Conant said the team changed some things around for the second half, which helped put FUS on the scoreboard and decreased the Cardinals shot opportunities by over 50 percent.

"I think the second half was better," Conant said. "We especially tried a couple different things on the draw."

The adjustments helped the Lady Barons to double their draw controls from two in the first half to four in the second. Likewise, FUS midfield Jessica Bestgen and attack Tracy McClelland were able to score Franciscan's two points, while team captain Meg Gargulinski and defender Magdalena Munoz maintained a strong presence in the back end of the field with five and four ground balls respectively.

"Meg really stepped up as captain and gave 100 percent effort to play the whole field for us today," Conant said, adding that she was also impressed with Munoz's defensive performance.

Despite positive performances from key players, Conant said the team is struggling to convert its work in practice to game-day results.

"We have the effort but we're not executing the game plan," Conant said. "In tomorrow's game we'll be looking to couple the 100 percent effort that we've been having with 100 percent execution, because when we execute, we do really well."

The Lady Barons will travel to face their next opponent, Wilmington College, on March 14th at 4pm.

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