WHEELING – To say that their trip to the northern panhandle was a success would be an understatement for the Buckhannon-Upshur Lady Buc lacrosse team.
Playing a rare doubleheader this past Saturday, the Lady Bucs picked up two convincing wins over John Marshall and Wheeling Park to improve to 3-0 on the season.
They played John Marshall first and won a 20-8 decision in Moundsville then made the trip to Wheeling Park and won an easy 25-1 decision.
In the Wheeling Park game, junior Miranda Greene earned her 100th goal of her career.
She was the leading scorer in the state as a freshman with 79 goals and already has 24 goals in three games this year after losing her sophomore season to the pandemic.
The Lady Bucs started slow in their game with John Marshall, but still took an 8-2 lead at the half.
They went on to cruise in the second half doubling up John Marshall by a 12-6 margin for the 20-8 win.
“We had another slow start,” remarked Buckhannon-Upshur head coach Jamie Greene. “It’s hard to get your feet under you after a two-hour bus ride. Once we got some minutes under our belts, we started playing better. In the second half things started to get a little chippy on both sides. I took a time out with 5:49 on a running clock and told the girls not to worry about the calls and just play. I told them I wanted five goals in the last five minutes, and something clicked. They went out and put five goals in the back of the net and it was the best five minutes of the game.”
Greene led the offense with seven goals while Kaylee O’Conner, Emileigh Ryan and Hannah Walton each had three.
Gaidian Adams had seven ground balls while Mashae Bowser and Destiny Chidester each had three.
Keeper Leah Crihfield made nine saves in net.
The Lady Bucs controlled the Wheeling game from start to finish racing out to a 14-1 lead at the break and shutting out the Patriots in the second half by an 11-0 score.
“We knew going into the game that Wheeling Park had a very young team, and this was a good chance for us to move some girls around and try some different things,” noted Greene. “The girls played really well with 12 different girls putting points on the board. Our defense played hard which helped us to come up with 26 ground balls to get the offense rolling, and Kiki Arbogast winning most of the draws allowed us to control the game.”
Greene had a game-high six goals while Walton and Adams each had three.
Crihifield made three saves getting the start while younger sister Haylee Crihfield made one save seeing time in net in the second half.
The Lady Bucs were slated to visit University on Wednesday and will return to action Saturday visiting Capital for a 1 p.m. start.
Buckhannon-Upshur 8 12 – 20
John Marshall 2 6 – 8
Buckhannon-Upshur goals – Miranda Greene 7; Kaylee O’Conner 3; Emileigh Ryan 3; Hannah Walton 3; Kendall Defibaugh 2; Kiki Arbogast 1; Paula Vaughn 1. Totals 20.
Buckhannon-Upshur saves – Leah Crihfield 9.
Buckhannon-Upshur 14 11 – 25
Wheeling Park 1 0 – 1
Buckhannon-Upshur goals – Miranda Greene 6; Hannah Walton 3; Gaidain Adams 3; Kiki Arbogast 2; Emileigh Ryan 2; Reese Hutson 2; Heather Hayes 2; Kaylee O’Conner 1, Kendall Defibaugh 1; Paula Vaughn 1; Aneysia Halseth 1; Ashleigh Damon 1. Totals 25.
Buckhannon-Upshur saves – Leah Crihfield 3; Haylee Crihfield 1.