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So Close
Written by Ernie Quatrani, Correspondent

Upper Perk’s Mia Baringer fires the ball towards the goal in Friday night’s home game against Owen J. Roberts. Baringer found the net three times in the game.

Girls’ lacrosse suffers a one-point loss to Owen J. Roberts

        Six minutes made the difference in Upper Perk’s girls’ lacrosse setback against Owen J. Roberts on Friday evening at Upper Perk. The Tribe could not recover from four unanswered in those minutes and dropped a hard-fought contest, 11-10.
        Upper Perk was clinging to a 6-5 lead in the fast-paced, physical game when the Wildcats’ Jen Schweppe sprinted through several defenders and backhanded a low shot past Indian netminder Katie Lederer with 5:44 gone in the second half.
        Schweppe’s goal opened the floodgates for the visitors.
        Forty eight seconds later, Katie Demsey made a nice cut around the defense and flicked a high shot past Lederer (nine saves).
        Less than a minute after that score, the Wildcats were right back at Lederer’s doorstep where Morgan Stone was fouled. The resultant eight-meter shot increased Owen J.’s lead to 8-6.
        After the Tribe’s Mia Barringer was robbed at the other end on a great save by Wildcat goalie Devin Hennessee at 16:51, the visitors carried the ball the other way and Jordan Shoemaker capped Owen J. Roberts’ run with another goal at 15:41 to make it 9-6.
        Upper Perk Coach Melissa Furey called a timeout to stem the tide. “Our defense wasn’t doubling and collapsing. Our midfield got a little tired,” she said.
        The Tribe responded to the timeout with a goal at 14:05. The score was a slick individual effort by Kayla Smith who faked a defender out of her path to the goal before scoring low on Hennessee (11 saves).
        Barringer (three goals) got the Tribe to within one on her own eight-meter score with 10:14 left in the contest.
        At that point, Owen J. Roberts went into a semi-stall, spreading the field in Upper Perk’s end and keeping the ball on the perimeter with only occasional cuts to the goal. On one of those moves, however, the Wildcats’ Alex Montes was fouled and Lederer was forced to make a great save after play was restarted.
        With 5:20 left and the visitors still holding the ball, Barringer picked up a yellow card, and while the Tribe was shorthanded, Lederer was forced to make another ten bell save on Demsey, but then disaster struck.
        Lederer controlled the rebound but was unable to find anyone open and drifted to the corner where her attempted pass was intercepted. In the scramble that followed, OJR’s Devin Hassinger put the ball into the goal for a 10-8 lead with 3:58 left in the game.
        The Tribe came right back with a goal by Maddie Fox (three goals) 57 seconds later.
        “Maddie Fox played great offensively and defensively,” Furey noted. “She’s really coming into her own as a sophomore.”
        However, with 2:36 remaining, Jess Harsch gave the Wildcats a two goal lead again with a score from the left of the cage.
        Devon Kriebel got that marker back with an eight-meter score with 1:49 left in the game, but the Tribe did not touch the ball again as the visitors successfully played keep away until the final buzzer.
        The tough loss made the chances for a playoff berth even more remote for Upper Perk (3-6 in the PAC-10).
        “I think we both equally wanted it just as bad, but we made silly mistakes,” lamented senior captain Tiffany Sullivan, who caused several turnovers on defense.
        Furey concurred. “Defensively, we didn’t play as a unit. We kind of let them go where they wanted to go and forced our goalie to make saves.”






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