Hawks rebound in impressive fashion
Published: Tuesday, April 17, 2012
Updated: Tuesday, April 17, 2012 13:04
The Crimson Hawks made a statement heading into the final three games of the season with a 22-6 victory over visiting Tiffin University.
“I’m excited that we were able to play consistently well for both halfs of the game, because we have been struggling with that,” Head Coach Mindy Richmond said.
Even though IUP let up the first goal of the game at the 25-minute mark, they were never in jeopardy of losing this game, as they then rattled off 17 unanswered goals.
“It’s nice to see them play with intensity all the way through,” Richmond said. “And I got to play a lot of girls who don’t usually get a lot of playing time and they played really well together off the bench.”
So well in fact that 10 different Crimson Hawks scored goals in this contest. IUP was led by Colleen Berlin’s five goals, and Stephanie Bianco, Beth Glasshagel and Lillian Kane each had three.
Corinne Miller and Jessica Beck got involved by scoring two goals each. While Alexa Lodovici, Michelle Zakrzewski, Alex Edwards and Paige Corathers each netted one.
“It’s good to get a win and feel good and confident about ourselves going into this weekends games against two really good PSAC teams,” Richmond said.
The Hawks came into the game with a three game losing streak, losing most recently Saturday against Gannon in which they attempted to make program history for the second time this year. IUP has never beaten Gannon. Turnovers proved costly for IUP and Gannon was able to capitalize and defeat the No. 14 ranked team 19-13. With the loss, the Hawks fell out of the top 15 in the Intercollegiate Women’s Lacrosse Coaches Association.
IUP takes an east-coast road trip this weekend as they visit Kutztown and then West Chester, Friday and Saturday respectively. Kutztown is in last place in the conference and West Chester is in first.
“We haven’t had an overnight road trip since spring break,” Richmond said. “So we’re excited.”
If the Crimson Hawks can win one of their final three PSAC games they can clinch a playoff spot. But this team still has their eyes on a potential home field advantage.
“Staying positive and playing hard all the way through is something that we need to continue to improve on,” Richmond said.
“We can’t get so down on ourselves when the other team scores. Being able to brush it off and go right back at it is where we need the most improvement.”
If IUP can improve on these areas, Richmond thinks they will propel the team into a late season and playoff push.
The West Chester Golden Rams rank No. 9 in the IWLCA poll and are coming off a win Monday against previously undefeated and No.1 LeMoyne.