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Indians Lacrosse Overcomes Late Foul to Remain Undefeated
Written by Bradley Schlegel Correspondent
2016-04-06

Upper Perk's Liz Fox meets with a block attempt on her on goal in Tuesday night's game against Pope John Paul II.

        A penalty called against Upper Perkiomen's top player in the game's final minutes Tuesday could have cost the lacrosse team a victory.

        However, the Indians held on to remain undefeated. Hope Flack forced a pivotal turnover and goalkeeper Regan McComb registered a key save down the stretch to preserve an 8-7 win over visiting Pope John Paul II in the Pioneer Athletic Conference.

        Morgan Rynn scored a team-high four goals, while Kenzie Gebhart added three goals for Upper Perkiomen (2-0 PAC-10, 4-0 overall). Flack also scored, while McComb recorded 10 saves.

        "It was good to see the girls keep their heads under pressure," head coach Susan Flack said. "They really stepped up their level of play when it mattered."

        Rynn's goal midway through the second half staked the team to a 8-5 lead. However, the senior found herself on the sideline – serving a two-minute penalty – after being called for a stick foul with 2:57 remaining and the Indians clinging to an 8-6 edge.

        "I was a little nervous about how we would respond," said Hope Flack, a sophomore. "I wondered who would step up. Everyone did."

        Lauren Bello's goal 34 seconds later pulled the Panthers within 8-7. But Upper Perkiomen held on.  McComb's stop in the final minute helped preserve the victory. According to Hope Flack, the team would not have won without its goalkeeper.

        "The girls have 100 percent faith in Regan," Susan Flack said. "So do I."

        The Indians avenged last season's home loss to Pope John Paul II, which ended their season one game short of the PAC-10 playoffs. They can accomplish one of their team goals by sweeping the season series later in the season.

        The coach described the team's start as what the she was hoping for. Susan Flack said the players have displayed toughness on defense and improved fundamentals.

        "The throwing and catching has improved during the season," she said. "We've done a good job maintaining possession and have displayed good shot selection."

        According to Hope Flack, the team passing skills have improved significantly since the beginning of the season. The sophomore said the players are beginning to gel.

        "We're doing really well," she said.

        After opening the season with a 6-5 victory over Upper Merion, Upper Perkiomen outscored its opponents 42-10 in its next three games.

        On March 30, the Indians posted a 17-3 road victory over Lansdale Catholic. Hope Flack placed their offense with four goals and four assists. Rynn delivered four goals. Liz Fox, Kenzie Gebhart and Michaela Swenk each added two goals and an assist.

        On April 1, Rynn led Upper Perkiomen to a 17-0 victory over Pottstown. She scored five goals, including her 100th career tally.

        Hope Flack delivered four goals, while Alyssa Long added two goals and an assist. Gebhardt registered two goals. McComb registered 14 saves.

        The Indians will face Frontier Division opponents Phoenixville on Wednesday and Pottsgrove on Friday. According to Susan Flack, the schedule will get significantly more difficult when they take on the bigger schools from the Liberty Division.


 

 

 

 

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