March 29, 2014

Lack of Communication Leads to Lady Baron Loss

BETHANY, W.Va.— Franciscan University women's lacrosse team lost 17-2 in a disappointing away match against Capital University.

Head coach Maura Conant said she was anticipating a better game, after a week of strong play.

"I don't even know what went on out there," Conant said. "We had been playing well this week. We had a tough game against Medaille but we were bouncing back."

Conant said she attributes the loss to a lack of communication on the field.

"We weren't playing like a team out there," Conant said. "There was zero team chemistry. There was a lack of unity and a lack of communication. They have the skills they just have to work together. They were not doing that today."

Capitol University came onto the field strong, bringing in four goals before Franciscan could get one on the board.

Nine minutes into the game sophomore Shannon Root assisted sophomore Lauren Noce for the Lady Barons' only goal in the first half. The first period ended 8-1.

Rather than returning with an improved performance in the second half, the Lady Barons were unable to finish strong and their play remained slow. Again, the only goal in the period came from Noce, with only two minutes left in the game.

"Lauren is a playmaker," Conant said. "And Lauren is someone who wants it. She consistently just wants it."

Aside from Noce, Conant noted sophomore Madeline Eichman a strong player in the otherwise disappointing match.

The standout player, however, was freshman Christine Rice. With a lack of communication on the field she stepped up and took on that leadership role throughout the game. 

"The one person who had a really good game was Christine," Conant said. "She was nice and loud with her communicating. She was just very loud and tall, using her height as an asset."

Looking forward to the next game, Conant said the Lady Barons will be working on team unity. Although disappointed, she said she knows the team can play better and looks forward to their improvement.

The Lady Barons play next on Wednesday, April 2 against St. Vincent College at 4 p.m. at home.

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