BUCKHANNON — Under the guidance of Head Coach Jamie Green, the Buckhannon-Upshur High School Girl’s Lacrosse Team started the season off in dominant fashion, beating Capital on the road by a final score of 27-0 in their season opener back on Friday, March 18.
Green and the Lady Bucs team entered this past week, sitting at 1-0 with two games on the schedule. The first challenger, the Wheeling Park Patriots, came to Tennerton on Saturday, March 19, in hopes of knocking the Lady Bucs off their perch. However, the Lady Bucs outright trounced the Patriots, by a final score of 23-2. The Lady Bucs combined a potent offensive attack with a stifling defensive approach to cruise to victory. Senior attacker/midfielder Miranda Greene was by far the best player on the pitch for either team. Greene established her dominance early and never eased off, finishing with a staggering 9 goals on 15 shots on goal, while adding an assist. Green alone accounted for 10 points against the Patriots. Both senior attacker/midfielder Hannah Walton and sophomore attacker/defender Kendall Defibaugh chipped in 4 goals apiece. Walton and Defibaugh were key components of the Buccaneers’ offensive attack, not only looking to score, but to create easy shots on goals for others. Defibaugh finished recorded 3 assists, while Walton recorded 2 assists against the Patriots. Senior Kaylee O’Conner and sophomore Heather Hayes each chipped in two goals, while senior Shaylee Hitt and junior Paula Vaughn found the back of the net one time apiece to round out the scoring numbers for the Buccaneers. Sophomore goal tender Haylea Crihfield turned in a strong performance after getting the starting nod against the Patriots. Crihfield recorded 3 saves on 5 shots on goal, only allowing 2 goals in 40 minutes of play. Fellow sophomore goal keeper Emma Corder came in to finish the game in relief of Crihfield. Corder played 10 scoreless minutes, gaining invaluable inexperience for the future.
The win over Wheeling Park moved the Lady Buccaneers to 2-0 on the season entering their match-up against the Harrison County Bruins that following Wednesday, March 23. Riding a wave of confidence following their back-to-back blow out wins to start the season, the Lady Bucs hoped to keep the positive momentum rolling against the Bruins.
The B-U team left no room for doubt against the Bruins, scoring 15 first-half goals on their way to collecting a 21-0 home victory. Greene picked right back where she left off in the Wheeling Park game, relentlessly attacking on the offensive end, this time racking up 11 total goals on 14 shots on goal. Ever the unselfish teammate, Greene also managed to keep her teammates involved, recording 2 assists to finish with 13 points accounted for against the Bruins. While Greene acted as the focal point for the Lady Buccaneer attack, she was far from the only deadly offensive option for Coach Greene to turn to, as Defibaugh chipped in 3 goals and Walton and senior Kierra Arbogast added 2 goals apiece. O’Conner, senior Reese Hutson and senior Gaidian Adams each scored a single goal to round out to scoring numbers for the Lady Buccaneers. Defensively, Crihfield played 48 scoreless minutes, recording 3 saves on 3 shots on goal, sealing the 21-0 shutout.