Despite Tuesday’s heartbreaking loss against Division II rival CW Post, 20-12, the West Chester Lady Rams moved on quickly, taking out their frustrations, and winning their next two games in convincing fashion. Dropping Millersville 18-4, and outlasting Lock Haven, 23-17, the Lady Rams moved quickly on from their loss with CW Post, and continued to prove that the shot for Division II leadership is only a two-team race.
The game against CW Post gave West Chester a chance to take over as the undisputed leader in the Division II rankings. After a very tight beginning to the game, the Lady Rams could not handle a sudden mid-game flurry of offense from CWP. CWP scored three times before the half, and added four more in the second to make the score 14-7 and all but seal the win. The game ended in favor of CWP, 20-12.
Two days after the loss with CWP, the Lady Rams were angry and looking to rebound from their first loss of the season. Rebound they did, as they completely dominated Millersville, 18-4. Stephanie Kienle had five goals and three assists, to lead West Chester to their eighth conference win of the season.
The real test of whether the Lady Rams fully recovered from their disappointing loss to CWP, would be in a key conference match up with second place Lock Haven University, which West Chester defeated earlier in the season, 18-11.
The Saturday game began as a back and forth contest, but a goal from Chrissy Kane 10 minutes into the first half, caused West Chester to break away from Lock Haven for good. The Lady Rams never looked back as Lock Haven refused to give up, but could not match West Chester’s potent offense. Another five-goal performance by Stephanie Kienle legitimized the PSAC Athlete of the Week award given to her for her similarly incredible play the week prior. With outstanding individual efforts, West Chester proved too much for Lock Haven, as they won 23-17.
With an overall record of 11-1, the one loss against CWP is the only thing separating West Chester from being tied for the best record in Division II women’s lacrosse. On the bright side the Lady Rams are still 9-0 in the PSAC, running away with first place, after winning both games of the season series against the second ranked team in the PSAC, Lock Haven.
West Chester’s offensive firepower has been downright dominating this season, outscoring opponents by a total 234-88. The Lady Rams are averaging an unbelievable 19.50 goals a game, on an average 43.2 shots per game. Offensive numbers like this make West Chester a very dangerous team heading into the post-season.
West Chester continues the last leg of their season, heading to Shippensburg University for a 4 p.m. game start on Tuesday, and back home again Bloomsburg for a 1 p.m. game start