IUP lacrosse picked up another win Tuesday as it extends its winning streak to five games after beating Lock Haven 19-10.
Lock Haven came into the game on a losing streak. After starting the season 3-4, the Bald Eagles lost six in a row to slip to 3-10. Over that stretch, Lock Haven’s offense all but disappeared as it has been held to 9.33 goals per game.
Going into Tuesday, the Crimson Hawks were looking to extend the Bald Eagles’ losing streak even further.
IUP took the lead early in the game as it looked to take away any momentum that Lock Haven had. Adriana Greco (senior, fashion) scored the first goal of the game three minutes into the first half. That goal jumpstarted a scoring frenzy.
Just 48 seconds after IUP’s goal, the Bald Eagles bounced back with a goal of their own. However, 30 seconds after Lock Haven’s goal, Kathryn Zeiler (sophomore, kinesiology) got the lead back for the Crimson Hawks.
This back-and-forth battle continued until IUP was able to score three unanswered goals with 20 minutes left in the half. The Crimson Hawks then went back to trading blows as they rolled to the end of the half with a 10-6 lead.
The second half started much better for the Bald Eagles as they outscored IUP 3-2 in the first seven minutes of the half. The Crimson Hawks retaliated as they looked to wrap this game up early.
IUP scored five unanswered goals in 15 minutes as it took a large lead and ate up time. With a 17-9 lead, the Crimson Hawks started to play more defensively, looking to ride out their lead to a victory.
To close out the last seven minutes of the game, Lock Haven scored only one goal, and IUP added another two as the Crimson Hawks pulled off the 19-10 win.
IUP utilized its offensive efficiency and strong defensive pressure to overpower the Lock Haven team.
Greco was a large factor offensively for IUP as she picked up 10 points in the game with eight goals and two assists. However, the offensive success was largely a team effort as seven different players scored for IUP, and five of them scored more than once.
“I think our offensive success has come from an overall team effort from the attack and midfield,” Katie Martyn (senior, criminology) said. “We have multiple threats on the attack end which makes it extremely difficult for other teams to defend. Because we started the season pretty slow, we have embodied the statement that we have nothing to lose when we play.”
The Crimson Hawks will now look to continue their winning streak as they take on Bloomsburg 2 p.m. Saturday at Miller Stadium.
The Huskies have the third-best overall record in the PSAC at 10-4 and has the same record as IUP in conference play, two of five teams sitting at 6-3.