TENNERTON – Two weeks ago, the George Washington Patriots defeated the Buckhannon-Upshur Lady Buc lacrosse team by a 9-7 score and stymied leading scorer Miranda Greene to just two goals.
In the rematch, there was a much different outcome.
Going with a new game plan of lining Greene up at midfield on the turf at Freal “Red” Crties Stadium, Buckhannon-Upshur head coach Jamie Greene’s team used a strong second half to earn an 11-3 victory.
“In the first game, George Washington had a stick in Miranda’s face and marked her the entire game,” noted Greene. “We dropped her back and that seemed to disrupt what they wanted to do.”
Greene tallied a game-high seven goals while Kiki Arbogast, Hannah Walton and Kendall Defibaugh each had one.
The two teams battled to an even 3-3 tie in the first half, but the Lady Bucs exploded for eight goals in the second half while shutting out the Patriots for the 11-3 win.
“Going into the game, we knew we had to win by three goals to take over first place in the West Division,” noted Greene. “The first half was a good defensive battle.”
The Lady Bucs were up 3-2 late in the first half but a turnover led to a George Washington goal with 20 seconds remaining as the Patriots tied the game up at 3-3.
“I let the girls know if we would cut out the mistakes, we could win this game,” remarked Greene. “The girls came out in the second half and jumped out on top and never let up.”
Leading the defensive effort in the win was Gaidian Adams, Mashae Bowser, Taylor Rice and Aneysia Halseth.
“The girls never gave up and I am very proud of them,” said Greene. “This was a very big win for them.
The Lady Bucs followed that up with a 21-3 dismantling of St. Albans a night later.
Buckhannon-Upshur raced out to a 14-2 lead and cruised to the 18-goal win in the second half.
Greene tallied 11 goals in the win while Kiki Arbogast had four, Defibaugh three, Emileigh Ryan two and Kylie Reed one.
“Coming off the big win the night before, the girls came out and kept up the intensity,” stated Greene. “Arbogast had a great game with four goals but she also helped the offense winning eight draw controls.”
Defibaugh led the team with six ground balls while Adams had five and Arbogast four.
“We got out fast and kept the pressure on them the whole game,” concluded Greene. “We have a couple more conference games, but if we take care of business the road to the state championship game will go through Buckhannon-Upshur.”
The Lady Bucs are now 9-3 on the season.
They were slated to host Wheeling Park this past Saturday. Their game with Fairmont Senior on Monday was cancelled.
They will play Harrison County away next Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. and then wrap up their regular season May 29 at St. Albans at noon.
George Washington 3 0 – 3
Buckhannon-Upshur 3 8 – 11
Buckhannon-Upshur goals – Miranda Greene 7, Kiki Arbogast 1, Hannah Walton 1, Kendall Defibaugh 1, Reese Hutson. Totals 11
Buckhannon-Upshur saves – Leah Crihfield 10.
St. Albans 2 1 – 3
Buckhannon-Upshur 14 7 – 21
Buckhannon-Upshur goals – Miranda Greene 11, Kiki Arbogast 4, Kendall Defibaugh 3, Emileigh Ryan 2, Kylie Reed 1.
Buckhannon-Upshur saves – Leah Crihfield 2.