Women’s Lacrosse loses to Hanover

The Waynesburg University women’s lacrosse team was at home this week at John F. Wiley stadium where they fell to Hanover college 20-3.  

“The team felt great going into the game, we were mentally and physically prepared,” women’s lacrosse head coach Stephanie London said. “It was nice to not be battling the elements of the cold for once, so that was a great thing. We looked and felt prepared when we started the game and through the first quarter and into the second.  

Hanover took an early 4-0 lead throughout most of the first half, however Waynesburg cut the lead to within two goals as freshman Waverly Lorne and Angelina Darpino each scoring a goal for Waynesburg.  

“Getting a fast start is the best way to start a lacrosse game,” Lorne said. “Your team can establish a common mindset and work ethic that the opposing team now has to counter, and it gives you the upper hand.”  

“We really focused on the small things that became big things when not properly managed,” London said. “We talked about being successful in our transitions, getting a good ball out on the clear and using short passes were all improvements and were evident with our ball movement in the midfield early in the game.” 

Hanover would eventually take over the game with Masi Henriksen-McNally scoring 10 goals and Katie Comer, Hanna Wagner, Maggie Donavan and Taylor Henriksen-McNally combining for seven goals.  

Waynesburg would score one more goal in the third quarter as Waverly Lorne would score her second goal of the game and her eighth total goal of the season.  

“Being Presidents’ Athletic Conference newcomer of the week is an honor and really cool,” Lorne said. “It’s a testament to the team and shows that we shouldn’t be underestimated.” 

Waynesburg will be on the road this Thursday as they face off against La Roche. Lorne said “For our game against La Roche we are looking to improve our communication. This will help us stop the ball on defense and slow down the ball on offense so we can get smarter shots off.” 

From an improvement standpoint London said “At this point, I think it’s critical that our goalies move better and quicker in the cage overall. The defense must also make sure they are picking up on the fast breaks and their second slides must come faster to avoid open opponents at the doorstep. Our shooters need to finish and when we get great opportunities, we must finish by placing our shots in the sweet spots.” 

The lady Yellow Jackets look to get their first win against a tough La Roache team, The game starts at 4 p.m.