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Tribe Lacrosse Rallies for Revenge Win over PJP II
Written by Bradley Schlegel, Staff Writer
2021-04-28

            Upper Perkiomen's lacrosse team avenged an early season loss with a dominant performance against Pope John Paul II last week. A second half offensive outburst led

Upper Perkiomen's Bell Carpenter, left, reaches up to block an 

Upper Merion shot on April 22.

the team to a 16-7 victory in the Pioneer Athletic Conference.

            Olivia Rogers and Marykate Sitko each scored five goals for the Indians, who snapped a four-game losing streak. Stitko added an assist.  "The girls showed that they wanted to make the final stretch of the season meaningful," head coach Catie Sobotor said. "I think we're past the rocky part of our season."

            Lindsay Bieler finished with four goals for the Tribe, which delivered 11 goals in the second half to snap a 5-5 halftime tie.  "The girls were aggressive all over the field," said Sobotor, who added that her team collected 30 ground balls. "We forced PJP into turnovers, and limited the number we committed."

            Goalkeeper Makenzie Bettys recorded six saves for the team, which rebounded from a 13-12 overtime loss to the Panthers three weeks earlier. According to the coach, a second-half collapse – allowing the opposition to rally from a 10-3 halftime deficit – on April 7 motivated its players in the rematch.  "It was a great game," Sobotor said.

            On April 22, the Indians capped a four-game home stand with a 14-5 loss to Upper Merion.

            Sobotor described the stretch as a lull in the season. She said the players are still learning her system, and that several of them are adapting to the return of four-day, in-person learning.  "The girls continue to work hard at practice," Sobotor said a few days later. "That's all I can ask for. They are still gelling together."

            According to the coach, implementation of her on-field plan, which calls for more free movement when a foul is called, is continuing. Sobotor also said injuries to two or three players, and one suspension, have stunted the team's development.

            In the nine-goal loss to the Vikings, Bella Carpenter led the team with three goals. Sitko and Abby Orsini each scored once for the Indians, who trailed 8-1 at halftime.

            A lack of offense has provided a sense of frustration, according to the coach. She said the inability to score leads to forced shots and passes, which often creates unforced errors.

            Sobotor identified Bella Carpenter and Bieler as top offensive performers. She described Luci Carpenter and Lizzie Greczek as the top defensive players.

            Sobotor also lauded the emergence of Bettys, who registered 14 saves in the loss to Upper Merion. According to the coach, the junior's communication skills on the field have flourished.  "Makenzie is really coming out of her shell," the coach said. "She was constantly talking to the defense. She's also saving more shots. She doesn't seem so timid anymore."

            Approximately 10 freshmen and 10 sophomores make up the bulk of the program. According to Sobotor, a significant number of them have received playing time.  "The younger players are a good group," she said.
            After playing most of the season without junior varsity games, the Indians have added them for the final six dates. Beginning before Monday's rematch with Pope John Paul II, they will play modified JV games. According to the coach, the games – with one fewer player on the field than usual – will help her players develop. She said several of the underclassmen will likely also play in the varsity game.
            The Tribe finishes its home schedule this week with games Wednesday and Thursday against Spring-Ford and Pottstown, respectively. Next week, the Tribe ends its season with consecutive road games against Phoenixville (May 4), Pottsgrove (May 6) and Upper Merion (May 7).

            "I would like to see a couple wins in our final games," Sobotor said.


 

 

 

 

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