ELKINS — Head Coach Jamie Greene’s Buckhannon-Upshur High School Lady Buccaneers Lacrosse Team fell just short of bringing a WVSLA state championship to Tennerton, losing to the Fairmont Senior Polar Bears by a final score of 17-5 in a neutral site game this past Saturday, May 21 at Davis and Elkins College. Game MVP Chloe Travelstand led Fairmont Senior as the Polar Bears clinched the programs third straight and ninth overall state lacrosse.
Despite the sour end to the season, the Lady Bucs end the 2022 campaign with one of the best single season performances in school history after compiling a 17-2 record, including a 12-0 record against WVSLA Western Division foes. The Lady Bucs’ only regular season loss came at the hands of the Polar Bears, back on April 14 by a final score of 14-7. The Lady Bucs entered Saturday’s game with a chance at avenging their lone loss on the season. The Lady Bucs let the game get out of their control early, with the Polar Bears racking up a 9-1 lead by halftime. Senior Reese Hutson scored the Lady Bucs lone goal of the first half.
The Polar Bears stayed on the offensive to start the second half of Saturday’s state championship game, coming out of the intermission to score five unanswered goals to extend their lead to 14-1. The Lady Bucs Senior All-American, Miranda Greene gave her best effort to will her team to a comeback, scoring back-to-back goals to stop the bleeding for a short while. Despite Greene’s best efforts, the Lady Bucs were kept off-guard all game long by the Polar Bears relentless attack, scoring three more goals before Greene responded with the last goal of her high school lacrosse career in the game’s waning minutes to wrap up a 17-4 loss.
Defensively, while the Lady Bucs couldn’t slow down like the explosive Polar Bear attack, recent WVWC lacrosse commits seniors Gaidan Adams and Mashae Bowser were particularly notable bright spots, acting as the always disruptive players that they have proved themselves to be time and time again throughout their respective careers. The duo led the Lady Bucs defensively, with Adams coming away with a team-high ten ground balls and causing a turnover, while Bowser collected five ground balls of her own. Aside from being the only other player aside from Greene to find the back of the net, Hutson also had a positive impact defensively collecting four ground balls.
Coach Greene utilized two different goalkeepers in the game against Fairmont Senior, as both Haylea Crihfield and Emma Corder saw time tending then net. While both values gave up goals, Crihfield and Corder largely played solid under massive duress due the Polar Bears barrage of shots on goal. Crihfield recorded twelve saves on twenty shots on goal, giving up eight goals, while Corder recorded five saves on fourteen shots on goal, allowing nine Fairmont Senior scores.