The Elizabethtown Area High School girls lacrosse team dropped back-to-back games to two teams who made the district playoffs last year and ended up losing a competitive game to a third on Tuesday, April 3, as well.
Lancaster Country Day got the better of the team on Wednesday, March 28, at Jane Hoover Field. Elizabethtown fell behind 6-0 early, and the Lady Bears were only able to close the gap to 8-3 by halftime. They performed much better in the second half but couldn’t complete the comeback,losing 13-7. “I don’t wanna say we start off slow,” head coach Cheyenne Benson said. “We often begin with the same speed that we end up having for the entire game. I think it’s just momentum. These girls are fueled by passion, desire and the will to win. When we realize we down, we rein it back in and use it.”
Junior Cyrose Conteh led the team in goals with 3. Senior Aba Aggrey had 2, with senior Hannah Doll and junior Sami Shutt scoring as well. Senior Kimmy Bucher chipped in with an assist, while junior goalkeeper Corrie Baker had 9 saves.
Lauren Wassell had a gamehigh 6 goals for Lancaster Country Day, with four coming in the first half. She also had 2 assists. Katie Kolva led all players with 4 assists in addition to her 2 goals.
“We’ve talked a lot about communication,” Benson said. “I think that’s a continued thing. If you watch back game film, you can see that our communication was great in the beginning, then we lose it in the middle and get it back by the end. I think we have to be more consistent and be aware of where the ball is and what’s going on the entire time.”
Exeter also got out to a big lead in the first half against Elizabethtown on Thursday, March 29, holding a 10-2 lead at the break. The Lady Bears again played more competitively after that, but the deficit was too much to overcome, with a final score of 16-6.
Sophomore Katie Weissend led Elizabethtown with 3 goals. Bucher had 2, while senior Marissa Miller also scored. Baker had 7 saves in the net. Kylee Hubiak had 6 goals for Exeter, while Isabella Karstien scored thrice and had 2 assists.
Finally, the team dropped another one to Hempfield 2014 on Tuesday, April 3. Hempfield jumped out to a 5-1 lead early on in the first half and ended up going into the break leading with a score of 9-5. Elizabethtown tightened the gap to 11-8 midway through the second, but Hempfield went on an 8-0 scoring run to pull away.
“It’s communication,” Benson said. “That’s what it comes down to every time. We need to be talking and we need to be aware of what’s going on in order to stop runs like that. If a girl cuts up, and we jump in to stop it, we lose our attacker. They’re just gonna send one right over us, and that’s it. It’s just about being aware of things.”
It was a four-pronged scoring attack for Hempfield. Lizzie Yurchak led all scorers with 5 goals, also picking up 3 assists. Lauren Drague had 4 goals and assists each, while Laura Jackson and Livia Morrison both scored 3 goals.
On the plus side, Elizabethtown’s offense looked very impressive, especially in the second half. Conteh had a team-high 4 goals, with Bucher and junior Jaide Epler getting 3 each. Sophomore Katie Weissend had a game-high 5 assists in addition to a goal. In all, seven players scored for the team on the day.
“We worked together well,” Benson said. “I told them about halfway through the second half that all of our offensive players with the exception of one had goals, and the one that didn’t (sophomore Abby Dehmey) was instrumental in bringing the ball up the field and keeping it on that end. That was essential to our offense. This is the first time we’ve seen our team work as well together as they did today. If this is how they’re gonna look offensively, we have great things coming once we get our defense there as well.”
Elizabethtown will now prepare for a matchup at home against Ephrata on Friday, April 6, followed by another against Lower Dauphin on Saturday, April 7. While they’ve slid back to 1-3 in the standings, they could easily find themselves winning again very soon if they keep at it.
“We’re gonna change some stuff up,” Benson said. “We’re gonna work on some more offensive plays, talk defensively and see what happens on Friday.”