TENNERTON — For the first time in the 2022 campaign, Head Coach Jamie Greene’s Lady Buccaneers Lacrosse Team tasted defeat, losing a battle of the West Virginia Scholastic Lacrosse Association’s top two teams to the Fairmont Senior Polar Bears on their home turf.
The previously 10-0 Lady Bucs entered the game with an abundance of reasons to feel confident regardless of the opponent they were tasked with taking on, boasting an impressive 8-0 record in the WVSLA West Division. On the other hand, the Polar Bears came into Buckhannon sitting atop the WVSLA East Division with a 12-1 record, with their only loss coming to out-of-state foe, Mercersburg, Pa.
The Lady Bucs fell behind in the first half after getting out to an unusually quiet offensive start in the early stages of the game. Heading into the locker-room down 7-4, the Lady Bucs were being put to the test. After trailing at halftime, for the first time all season, the Lady Bucs showed grit and determination, sticking with the Polar Bears before a barrage of late goals allowed Fairmont Senior to pull away for good, sealing a 14-7 win.
2021 All-American senior Miranda Greene led the way offensively, scoring 4 goals and showing her playmaking instincts by registering 2 assists. Greene scored or assisted on for 6 of the Lady Bucs 7 goals against the stifling Polar Bear offense. The senior midfielder was also active on the defensive end, where she is always finding herself in the thick of the action, scooping up 5 ground balls and forcing the Polars Bears into 3 turnovers. Senior Hannah Walton, junior Paula Vaughn, and senior Kierra Arbogast all chipped in a goal apiece to round out the offensive stats for the Lady Bucs during their loss to Fairmont Senior.
Haylea Crihfield got the starting nod, tending the goal for the Lady Bucs. The Polar Bears kept the sophomore goalie busy all evening, peppering the goalie with 30 shots on goal. To her credit, Crihfield recorded 16 saves, finishing the game with a save percentage of 53.3% in the 14-7 loss. Senior Gaidian Adams tied with Greene for second-most ground ball fielded with 5, in addition to causing 2 Polar Bear turnovers, while Kierra Arbogast fielded 3 ground balls and forced 2 Fairmont Senior turnovers, wrapping up the major defensive fielding contributors for the Lady Bucs in their tough home loss to the Polar Bears.