Lacrosse Splits First Two Games

Missouri Western lacrosse began their season and two of six straight home games with a bang. They split their games, losing to Northern Michigan in a thriller on Thursday and defeating CSU-Pueblo on Saturday.

The Griffons were in for a competitive game on Thursday against the Wildcats. The Griffons jumped on the scoreboard quickly thanks to an Abby Lockwood goal that scorched past the goalie. The Griffons then proceeded to score two more goals later in the first to put them ahead 3–0. However, the Wildcats kept their composure and slowly chipped away the Griffons’ lead and found themselves down by a goal going into halftime.

The Wildcats then came out of halftime scoring three goals putting them ahead 8–6. Yet, the Griffons refused to back down and kept fighting with both teams swapping goals back and forth. Then, an opportunity for the Griffons presented itself after Tamrin Swann was fouled and allowed a free shot. Swann scored tying the game 12–12, but the Wildcats then proceeded to score two goals in under 20 seconds to put them ahead for good.

“Really disappointing to see the third quarter affecting us so greatly,” Interim Head Coach Jessica Berg said, according to GoGriffons.com. “We have to come out strong after halftime.”

Amani Robinson who pitched in with three goals also talked about the third quarter struggle.

“We lost our composure in the third quarter, too many fouls and yellow cards, and that’s what really killed us in the end,” Robinson said

Madison Brady led Missouri Western in goals with four and also stressed the importance of consistency.

“I just think we just need to be consistent. We played well in the first two quarters and in the third, we kinda lost it for ourselves,” Brady said.

On Saturday’s game against CSU-Pueblo, Missouri Western took what they learned from their home opener and applied it to great success.

After a tough first quarter, Missouri Western proceeded to score eight straight goals without allowing one goal for both the second and third quarters. With two more goals, Missouri Western put the game out of reach against CSU-Pueblo, winning their first game this year and the first official head coaching victory for Berg.

Three Griffons were tied for most goals in this game with Sam Pruitt, Caetryn Gilreath and Madison Brady, all scoring three each. Additionally, with her 10 goals in the season, Brady secured her ninth spot for goals per game in the GLVC with 3.33.

Missouri Western, who are now 1–2 on the young season, will continue their home campaign on Monday against Grand Valley State.

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