TENNERTON – The Buckhannon-Upshur Lady Buc lacrosse team had a strong first half and rode that to a convincing 21-8 win over Harrison County in their 2021 debut Wednesday night at Freal “Red” Crites Memorial Stadium.
It was the first contest for the Lady Buc in over almost two years as COVID-19 wiped out their 2020 campaign.
“With a year off, we had some nervous players in our first game,” remarked Buckhannon-Upshur head coach Jamie Greene. “We started slow but once we calmed down, I saw a lot of good things from the team. We still need to work on some fundamentals but overall, it was a good game to build on.”
Despite the slow and nervous start to the game, the Lady Bucs raced out to a 14-4 lead at the half.
They outscored Harrison County by a 7-4 margin in the second half.
Miranda Greene led the Lady Bucs with 11 goals while Kendall Defibaugh scored four, Hannah Walton three and Kiki Arbogast, Kaylee O’Conner and Paula Vaughn one each.
“With Arbogast handling our draws, we won 17 of 24 of them which really help set up our offense,” noted Greene.
The easy win also let Greene get plenty of playing time for his younger players.
“We were able to get everyone into the game,” said Greene. “That is very big for us with so many new girls. Getting them experience on the field was important.”
Leah Crihfield got the start in net for the Lady Bucs and made six saves.
The Lady Bucs, now 1-0, will return to the field with a doubleheader today.
They will make the trip to the northern panhandle and play John Marshall at 1 p.m. and Wheeling Park at 5 p.m.
Harrison County 4 4 – 8
Buckhannon-Upshur 14 7 – 21
Buckhannon-Upshur goals – Miranda Greene 11; Kendall Defibaugh 4; Hannah Walton 3; Kiki Arbogast 1; Kaylee O’ Conner 1. Paula Vaughn. 1. Totals 21.
Buckhannon-Upshur saves – Leah Crihfield 6.