Olivia Vogel reaches to catch the ball in Monday’s PAC-10 home opener against Pottsgrove.
After learning a bitter lesson in a one goal loss to Southern Lehigh, Upper Perk’s girls lacrosse team pummeled Pottsgrove early and never let up in capturing a 14-2 victory in the PAC-10 opener on Monday.
Mia Barringer led the way with five goals and talked afterward about how the team had rebounded after letting a first half lead slip away to Southern Lehigh last Friday.
“For this entire game we played strong, and when we were ahead we didn’t give them any chance of coming back.
“Coach (Melissa Furey) had a good talk with us, telling us not to let down on (Pottsgrove), if we got ahead to keep playing. Our goal was to get a running clock, to be up by ten goals, and that’s what we got.”
Barringer made sure there was no chance a letdown was going to happen against the Falcons, depositing three goals within the first six plus minutes of the second half to help swell the Tribe’s lead to 11-2.
But Barringer was not alone in her efforts. Fellow senior Morgan Weinstein helped get Upper Perk off to a fast start with three first half goals, Kayla Smith also tallied three and Rachel Keeney, Devon Krieble and Maddie Fox each had a goal apiece.
The girls are working hard to build a sense of team under coach Furey, now in her sixth year at the helm.
“I think our strength is definitely how well we jell together,” said Weinstein. “There were other years where we leaned too heavily on certain individuals, and I think what we’re really starting to do and accomplishing is spreading the talent and making sure everyone shoots and is a significant part of the team.”
Furey added, “I liked how we definitely started working together as a team. That was the main thing I told them today, that they need to come out there and play as a team, which is what they did.”
The Tribe jumped on the Falcons early scoring the first six goals of the game while battling through the gale force winds sweeping across the artificial turf.
Barringer got things started with the game less than three minutes old. Then it was Smith, Weinstein, Weinstein, Barringer, Weinstein as the Tribe dominated territorial play.
Pottsgrove got its only goals of the game 16 seconds apart to briefly make a game of it, but Smith scored with 34 seconds left in the first half to make it 7-2 at intermission.
Upper Perk goalie Katie Lederer was a little busier in the second half, but slammed the door, making ten saves in the game, and with 18 minutes left in the contest, the Tribe was playing with that ten goal lead and a running clock.
Weinstein said, “(Lederer) is like the glue of our team. I don’t know what we would do without her because she really holds us together. She’s really grown a lot as a goalie.”
Furey sees a bright future if the girls continue to buy into the team concept.
“My personal goal is to be a team and play like they played today and improve every day. Obviously, we want to get back to the PAC-10 Final Four, and I think we have the ability to be the number one seed out of our division. I’d like us to be undefeated in our division, as well, which I think is absolutely possible if we all show up and play like I know they can.”