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Tribe Lacrosse Likely to Miss District Playoffs
Written by Bradley Schlegel, Staff Writer
2021-05-12

            Upper Perkiomen's lacrosse team will likely miss the District One Class 2A playoffs. After ending its season with consecutive losses, the team currently ranks 20th in the standings. The top 16 teams will qualify.

 

Upper Perkiomen goalkeeper Makenzie Bettys, right, smothers

a shot from a Pottsgrove attacker.

           "Earlier last week it did look promising that we would possibly qualify," head coach Catie Sobotor wrote in a text message received Monday afternoon. "However with not being able to play this week (due to COVID-19 protocols), I think we may miss out this year. It's disappointing for sure. I know especially the seniors wanted to play at least one more game."

            According to one senior, the Indians (4-9) were never able to play a complete game. Bella Carpenter said the players never developed a sense of continuity.

            "This team had a lot of potential," she said. "But the girls didn't always compete to the best of their ability. We seemed to let uncontrollable aspects affect how we play and our mindset during games."

            On Thursday, May 8, the Tribe lost 22-8 to Pottsgrove. MaryKate Sitko scored a team-high three goals.  Olivia Rogers and Lindsay Bieler scored twice for the Indians, who trailed 13-5. Bella Carpenter added a goal and won three face-offs.

            The following day, the Indians ended their season with a 15-5 loss to Upper Merion. Cat Merritt finished with six goals and three assists to help her team clinch the Pioneer Athletic Conference's Frontier Division title.

            The player and the coach both identified a 16-7 victory over Pope John Paul II on April26 as the season highlight. The Indians avenged a season-opening overtime loss.  "We really wanted that game," Carpenter said. "We were firing on all cylinders."

            Despite the discouraging finish, Sobotor lauded the progress her team made during the truncated season and the individual efforts the players made to improve.  "I'm very proud of the progress the team has had throughout the season," the coach wrote in an email message. "They all worked very hard to improve their own weaknesses at practices."

            According to Sobotor, the greatest area of improvement came from a level of trust between the players. "A lot of girls stepped up this year on the attacking end which was a great sight to see each game," the coach wrote.

            Sobotor said the roster was filled with players who were eager to contribute on offense and defense and displayed position flexibility during games.

            Carpenter lamented that the Indians were constantly missing players due to injuries and illnesses. She said the regular lineup played in only one or two games. Additionally, the midfielder explained that reconfiguring the team this spring after missing the 2020 season due to the novel coronavirus added to the challenge.  "It was like starting over," she said.

            Sobotor related that the Tribe trio of seniors – Carpenter, Josie Mertz and Rogers – appeared happy and excited to play their final season. She said they responded properly on and off the field.

            Carpenter expressed hope that the team rebounds and improves next season. She said they must improve their faceoff skills.

            "We really struggled to win draws this season," she said. "The only games where we were able to consistently win face-offs was the second game against Pope John Paul II."


 

 

 

 

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