By ADRIANA GUTH-BOROWSKI – The IHS Girl’s Lacrosse team began their first scrimmage of the season strongly with a 15-3 win.
Indiana started off quickly with three goals, and Penn Trafford responded with two. Indiana midfielders were able to get the majority of draw controls, ending the half 7-2. Indiana scored eight additional goals and Penn Trafford one. Indiana caused 11 turnovers, ending the game 15-3.
Scoring for Indiana were: freshman Giana Brody (4); sophomore Kennedi Kunkle (4); senior Fima Sissoko (2); senior Giavonna Spadafora (2); freshman Kyla Weaver (2); and senior Gracie Agnello (1). Assists were made by K. Weaver (3) and senior Taylor Weaver (2).
Senior goalie Teagan Merriman had one save.
Ground ball leaders were: K. Weaver (4); Agnello (3); Brody (3); freshman Anna Buterbaugh (3); Sissoko (2); Spadafora (2); and senior Sydney Brice (1). Caused turnovers were led by Spadafora (5) with Agnello, senior Cameron Albert, Brice, freshman Addie Lockard, senior Sara Kane and Kunkle having one each.
Sissoko and Spadafora lead draw control with eight and six, respectively. Additional draw control included T. Weaver (1) and freshman Kate Lehman (1).
The team will scrimmage Freeport at Andrew Kuzneski Field 6 p.m. Tuesday.
Last season, the team was only able to play one scrimmage before the COVID-19 shutdown.
“After last season was cancelled,” Kane said, “Things were really put into perspective, so we’re just super excited to be able to be back this year and we’re gonna make the most of it.”
This year, the team welcomed 12 freshman players.
“Coming in as a freshman,” Lockard said, “playing a sport can always be nerve racking but all of the older girls are really accepting and excited to have us there.
“It feels really nice to be able to be comfortable around all the girls and be able to enjoy something we all love.”
The first section game will be Saturday, March 27 at 10:00 a.m. at home.
Players and spectators are continuing to follow COVID-19 guidelines. Spectators are required to sit six feet apart and wear masks. Players must have a mask on the sidelines at all times.
[Photo by Adriana Guth-Borowski]
Photo Caption: “Senior Teagan Merriman prepares to clear the ball after a save.”
Adriana is a senior and editor in chief during her fourth year of journalism. She enjoys taking journalism classes at IUP and is excited to provide the community with factual news reporting.