MORGANTOWN – The Buckhannon-Upshur Lady Buc lacrosse team ended their seven-game road trip spitting a pair of outings with George Washington and Morgantown.
The Lady Bucs traveled to Charleston last Friday and dropped a 9-7 contest but rebounded to earn a hard-fought 8-6 win over Morgantown Wednesday evening.
In their loss to George Washington, the Lady Bucs took an early lead but trailed by a 6-4 margin at the break.
Things were all even in the second half at 3-3 but the Lady Bucs could never overtake the Patriots.
Miranda Greene, Hannah Walton, and Kiki Arbogast had two goals for the Lady Bucs while Emileigh Ryan had one.
“The game was for the division lead,” remarked Buckhannon-Upshur head coach Jamie Greene. “We came out ready to play and had a two-goal lead on them early and let them back into the game. George Washington came back to take their two-goal lead and we kept it close and played hard, but we let the game slip away from us. The team knew this was a game we should have had.”
Gaidian Adams led the defense with five ground balls while Mashae Bowser had four, and Arbogast, Greene, Walton and Kendall Defibaugh all had three.
Leah Crihfield made nine saves in net for the Lady Bucs.
“She played a great game in net,” noted Greene.
Against Morgantown, the Lady Bucs ended a six-year slide against the Mohigans.
The Lady Bucs again took an early lead and held a 6-3 advantage at the half.
Morgantown outscored B-U by a 3-2 margin in the second half but the Lady Bucs held on for the two-goal win.
“Right from the start we controlled the game,” explained Greene. “The girls came out ready to play after the George Washington loss.”
Leading the offense was Greene with three goals, Defibaugh with two, and Kaylee O’Connor, Arbogast and Ryan with one each.
Adams led the defense with five ground balls while Greene also got strong defensive efforts from Bowser, Aneysia Halseth and Taylor Rice.
Crihfield made a career high 16 stops in the net for the Lady Bucs.
“The girls were ready to play in this game,” concluded Greene. “This was a great win for our girls. We need to come and play like that in every game.”
The split left Greene’s team with a 5-3 record.
The Lady Bucs will now have their next seven contests at home.
They will host John Marshall at 11 a.m. today and then Capital at 2 p.m. in a doubleheader.
They will follow that up with a home match with George Washington on Wednesday.
Buckhannon-Upshur 4 3 – 7
George Washington 6 3 – 9
Buckhannon-Upshur goals – Miranda Greene 2, Hannah Walton 2, Kiki Arbogast 2, Emileigh Ryan 1. Totals 7.
Buckhannon-Upshur saves – Leah Crihfield 9.
Buckhannon-Upshur 6 2 – 8
Morgantown 3 3 – 6
Buckhannon-Upshur goals – Miranda Greene 3, Kendall Defibaugh 2, Kaylee O’Connor 1, Kiki Arbogast 1, Emileigh Ryan 1. Totals 8.
Buckhannon-Upshur saves – Leah Crihfield 16.