HAMBURG, N.Y.— The Franciscan women's lacrosse team had a solid day of offense against Hilbert College but struggled on the defensive end in a 19-10 loss.
"Today could have gone better," head coach Maura Conant said. "The girls did not play to the fullest of their ability. At one point it was 5-4 and then it just fell off."
The team started out with a deficit in the first half being down 4-1 but then closed the gap to 5-4 through the two-headed attack of sophomores Lauren Noce and Tracy McClelland. While the two brought FUS close, the team couldn't keep up the pace.
"There was good teamwork out there," Conant said. " There were pockets of play that were really good but the lack of consistency really cost us the game."
The pockets of good play often finished with goals from Noce who led the Lady Barons in goals with 4 and also added an assist.
Two of Noce's goals came off of assists from McClelland who added three goals of her own. Conant said the goals and assists from Noce and McClelland were displays of the teamwork that her girls need to make a consistent aspect of their play.
"We had some goals for ourselves going into the game today and we accomplished a lot of them," Conant said. "We had said we wanted at least two assisted goals in the game and we had 4 assisted goals. We had under 20 turnovers and our clears were 6-7 and we wanted to have at least an 80 percent clear percentage."
Helping Franciscan accomplish a number of those goals was junior defender Bethany Potvin.
Potvin had been out earlier in the season due to an injury but in her third game back she was able and willing to do the little things that make the difference in games with 2 groundballs and 4 draw controls.
"Beth was really instrumental on defense," Conant said. "She was just all over the place and she really helped us. She was responsible for about three of our clears by just running it up the field and getting it to our attacking end."
Although Conant said that this game showed the Lady Baron team's struggles with ground balls and turnovers she looks on to continuing to drill in practice and improve.
The Lady Barons next take on Ursuline College away on Monday April 14 starting at 5:00 p.m.