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Indians Shut Out by Phoenixville
Written by Bradley Schlegel, Staff Writer

            During a second quarter timeout Monday, Catie Sobotor wrote a word her whiteboard: EFFORT. According to the coach, Upper Perkiomen's lacrosse team wasn't giving enough of it.

Upper Perk goalile Madison Hicks, with the assistance of

teammate Taylor Bieler, right, defend agains a shot by a 

Phoenixville play in Monday's game.

            The Indians suffered their sixth consecutive loss. Erin Reedy led Phoenixville to a 15-0 victory in the Pioneer Athletic Conference. Reedy, a junior, delivered seven goals to move within one of her 100th career tally.

            She delivered three straight tallies late in the first quarter to help the visiting Phantoms build a commanding 6-0 lead. She added two more in the second quarter to help put them ahead 10-0 at halftime.

            "We just had a terrible game," Sobotor said.

            Phoenixville dominated possession. According to the coach, Upper Perkiomen won just four faceoffs and took five shots, three of which reached the opposing goalkeeper against its Frontier Division rival.

            "You can't win if you don't get draw control," Sobotor said.

            According to the coach, the amount of exertion by the players rests solely with them. Sobotor said it's not an aspect that can be influenced by the staff.  "There's only so much the coaches can do," she said. "The ball is in their court."

            Madison Hicks has recently emerged as the starting goalkeeper for the Indians (1-7, 0-3 PAC). The ninth grader recorded a career-high 10 saves in the loss.

"She is doing a phenomenal job," Sobotor said. "She practices very well."

            According to coach, Hicks is clearing the ball consistently, and is gelling with her teammates. They encourage Hicks at practice.

            "Madison has a great mindset," Sobotor said. "She was upset that she gave up so many goals, but she played a great game."

           The coach also praised the efforts of Abby Davidheiser and Maggie Milkowich. According to Sobotor, Davidheiser has emerged a top offensive threat. She said both are key faceoff performers.

            Last week, the Indians were defeated 17-9 by Perkiomen Valley. Abby Davidheiser scored a team-high five goals.

            Mia Schneider scored twice during the PAC game on Friday, April 5. Maggie Milkowich and Sarah Fisher also scored for the host Tribe, who trailed 6-3 after one quarter and 11-6 at halftime.

            Despite the outcome, Sobotor described it as the team's best overall performance of the season. Her team won a majority of the draws and caused ground balls.

            "I felt really good about the way we played," the coach said.

            One day earlier the team lost 8-4 to Upper Merion. Davidheiser delivered a team-high three goals on Thursday, April 4.

            Davidheiser also won three faceoffs, picked up two ground balls and forced one turnover. Maggie Milkowich scored the other goal.

            Milkowich won a team-high five faceoffs. Sarah Fisher added two draw controls and created two turnovers.

            Ava Senseny notched three ground balls, while Giana Kozminski picked up two ground balls. Both caused two turnovers. Hicks registered five saves.

            The Indians were scheduled to conclude a three-game home stand at 3:45 p.m. on Wednesday against Pottsgrove. A road game at Pope John Paul is slated for Thursday.






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