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Lady Indians Lacrosse Closing in on Division Title
Written by Bradley Schlegel Staff Reporter
2016-05-04

Upper Perk's Kenzie Gebhardt fires off a shot at goal in Monday night's game against Phoenixville. Gebhardt finished with four goals and an assist for the Indians.

        With a convincing victory Monday, Upper Perkiomen's lacrosse team moved within one game of a division title. Regan McComb expected this level of accomplishment, based on the team's pre-season preparations.

        "We put in lot of work getting ready," she said. "We expected to do well."

        Following a 12-5 win over Phoenxville in the Pioneer Athletic Conference, the Indians (7-4 PAC-10, 11-5 overall) had a chance to clinch the Frontier Division title by defeating Pottsgrove on Wednesday night at home on Senior Night.

        According to head coach Susan Flack her team's confidence continues to grow.

        "Everyone is doing a great job," said McComb, one of four seniors. "I'm excited about what the rest of the season will bring, and how far this team can get."

        An early-season victory over Pope John Paul II set the positive tone for the Indians, according to McComb, the goalkeeper. She described a victory over Methacton, which competes in the big-school Liberty Division of the PAC-10, as pivotal.

        "We have confidence in ourselves," she said. "I think we come into every game expecting to win, which is an attitude change from last year."

        Kenzie Gebhardt finished with four goals and an assist for Upper Perkiomen, which led the Phantoms 8-3 at halftime. Morgan Rynn added three goals and two assists, while Lauren Weeks scored twice.

        "We dominated the game," Flack said. "When Phoenixville made a mistake, we took advantage."

        Flack highlighted the performance of the Indians' defenders, which included senior Jenna Wismer, juniors Kathryn Lehman, Liz Pierson, Lauren Weeks, Megan Wismer and sophomore Casey Smoll. McComb, one of four seniors, recorded 13 saves.

        According to Flack, several of the stops came during the first half to help the team maintain control.

        "The defense stepped up," McComb said. "The girls in front of me did a really good job of staying tight on Phoenixville's cutters. They did an awesome job."

        McComb's confidence outside of the cage has increased during the season. She also expressed more comfort communicating with the defenders.

        "If I need them to crash the net, I tell them," McComb said. "And I'm more comfortable in my head. I'm not psyching myself out. It has really helped that I came into the season with three years of varsity experience. I didn't have any nerves."

        On Thursday, April 28, Upper Perkiomen lost 14-13 on the road against Moravian Academy. Hope Flack finished with a game-high seven goals. Gebhardt delivered three goals and Morgan Rynn registered two goals and two assists. McComb stopped 13 shots. Susan Flack described the non-league game as intense.

        The next day, the Indians responded with a 14-4 road victory over Pottstown in the PAC-10. Hope Flack scored a game-high five goals, while Rynn delivered four goals and two assists. Gebhardt registered three goals and two assists.

        Regardless of the outcome of Wednesday's game, Upper Perkiomen is looking forward to the following day's game at Pope John Paul II, according to McComb. Before the season started, the Indians set the goal of sweeping season series after losing to Pope John Paul II in their season finale last spring.


 

 

 

 

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