Women's LAX Wins First Game of the Season in Overtime

WILMINGTON, Ohio—The Lady Barons secured their first win of the season and second program win, beating Wilmington College 16-13 in overtime.

Frustrated by their previous game loss to Otterbein, Franciscan women's lacrosse arrived in Wilmington determined to make adjustments and pull out a win.

"We used yesterday as a learning opportunity," head coach Maura Conant said. "We really wanted to make sure to be ready for this game because we knew it was going to be very competitive."

Attack Tracy McClelland began the scoring, with a goal three minutes in, putting Franciscan on top until Wilmington put in a shot of its own at the seven minute mark. From there, the two teams continued neck and neck for the remainder of regulation time.

The turnaround point came when the game was pushed into overtime with a tied score of 13-13. Throughout the six minutes, the Lady Baron defense prevented Wilmington from scoring, while McClelland and team captain Meg Gargulinski, assisted by midfielder Lauren Noce, combined to score three more goals and win the game.

"Overtime was when we were able to be disciplined and execute well," Conant said, "The way we played in those six minutes is where we want to set the bar for the rest of the season."

Conant said that the team proved its ability to communicate effectively, withstanding both the mental challenge of overtime and the day's heavy winds.

"I think the pressure actually really helped them step it up," Conant said.

Among the Lady Baron's standout players were McClelland, who led the team in scoring with seven, and Gargulinski, who scored 4, followed by midfielders Jessica Bestgen and Lauren Noce, who had two goals apiece and two and six draw controls respectively.

Midfield Magdalena Munoz also contributed one goal and caused four turnovers.

Defensively, the Lady Barons were aided by the return of Bethany Potvin from injury. Potvin celebrated her return with seven ground balls, two draw controls and one caused turnover. Conant said that her effort, along with that of the entire defensive squad, was a significant factor in the win.

"They are workhorses—Emily Bedard, Christine Rice, Catherine Cahill, Bethany Potvin, Noce—all of them," Conant said. "They did a really good job."

Despite the day's success, Conant was determined to continue to iron out difficulties in preparation of future wins.

"We were off-sides a couple times and a couple times we had attackers stepping into the crease," Conant said. "All those calls are unnecessary turnovers, and that just puts you behind, so we really are going to be working on that."

Now 1-2 for the season, the Lady Barons will next face Lourdes University at St. Vincent College on March 16, at 1pm.