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Indians Lacrosse Earns Confidence with Win Over Methacton
Written by Bradley Schlegel Correspondent
2016-04-20

Upper Perk's Hope Flack looks for the ball after a face-off in Monday night's home game against Methacton. Flack scored five goals and had an assist.

        In a three-goal victory over a big-school opponent Monday, Upper Perkiomen's lacrosse team showed heart, determination and discipline, according to head coach Susan Flack.

        Hope Flack finished with five goals and an assists, and Regan McComb made three crucial saves down the stretch to help lead the Indians to a 13-10 win over Methacton in the Pioneer Athletic Conference.

        "The win shows that the girls are starting to believe they can play with anybody," Flack said. "Their play was amazing. They came out with confidence, and didn't let up the entire time."

        Morgan Rynn, despite being face guarded the entire game, and Kenzie Gebhardt each delivered three goals for Upper Perkiomen (5-2 PAC-10, 7-2 overall), which built an 8-4 lead and hung on for the victory. McComb finished with nine saves for the team, which leads the Frontier Division.

        "Leading the division is a great feeling," the coach said. "We're playing at a very high level."

        Jenna Wismer called the Indians' performance, against an opponent from the big-school Liberty Division, a breakthrough victory.

        "It's really exciting," said Wismer, a senior defender. "We haven't done well against the bigger schools in the past couple years. It's good to know we can get a win when we need to."

        Upper Perkiomen built an 8-4 halftime lead before the visiting Warriors pulled within 9-7 in the second half. However, the defense stiffened and McComb turned away two breakaway shots in the final five minutes to preserve the victory.

        "The girls came out confident and didn't let up the whole time," Susan Flack said. "Their passing and catching was precise and they took several good shots that went it."

        The Indians, who started their PAC-10 schedule with consecutive victories against division opponents, suffered their initial conference loss on Wednesday, April 13 at Perkiomen Valley.

        In an 11-8 loss, they allowed three early goals, and could never recover. Rynn finished with a team-high three goals and two assists. Lauren Weeks added two goals and MComb posted 13 saves.

        "We didn't play as well as we could have," Susan Flack said.

        Two days later, they lost 20-10 to host Spring-Ford.

        Camryn Jones finished with seven goals and three assists, while Jillian Quigley added four goals for the Rams, who led 12-4 at halftime.

        Hope Flack scored a team-high six goals for the Upper Perkiomen, which played without two starters. McComb notched 11 saves.

        "We didn't play very well together," Susan Flack said. "We couldn't get in a flow."

        According to the coach, her team's growing confidence and improving skills emerged in the recent victory over Methacton.

        Susan Flack credited the influence of a quartet of senior captains on the younger players. She said Wismer, Rynn, McComb and Alyssa Long have emerged as influential leaders on the field.

        "The leadership those four have provided is wonderful," the coach said. "They are very good at providing advice or pumping up their teammates. I say very little during pregame warmups. They hold themselves, and the team, accountable."

        According to Susan Flack, the Indians will be further tested in the coming week with games against Boyertown on Friday and Owen J. Roberts on Monday.


 

 

 

 

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