Wooster hands JCU second loss of 2019


JCU Sports Information

Sophomore midfielder Sophia Brandimarte looks to evade a flock of Wooster defenders in a game on Saturday afternoon on March 16 at Don Shula Stadium.

Darrell Lane, Staff Reporter

An out-of-conference lacrosse match took place between the women’s lacrosse teams of John Carroll University and the College of Wooster on Wednesday, March 13. The matchup would put two teams against each other who have seen their fair share of success this season. Coming into the contest both teams (JCU 4-1, Wooster 5-0) had a combined 9-1 record on the season, so something would have to give.

The game, which took place at Don Shula stadium, started off unfavorably for the Blue Streaks, as they gave up the first goal of the contest at the 27:3 minute mark. The Blue and Gold would not back down though, as they answered with a goal of their own from senior midfielder Brooke McQuinn only 58 seconds after Wooster’s first score.

The Blue and Gold kept the pace up, scoring two more consecutive goals, coming from the dynamic duo of Blue Streak attackers, junior Colleen Grombala and freshman Alex Heishman, giving them the 3-1 lead. Wooster would muster up a run of their own, scoring the next three goals to put them up by a single point at the half.

Coming into the second half, Wooster would be a bit too much for the Blue and Gold to handle as they outscored the Blue Streaks 10-3. The final result of the out-of-conference contest was Wooster 14, John Carroll 6. The Blue Streaks dropped their season record to 4-2 on the season while the College of Wooster stayed undefeated at 6-0 on the season.

Even in a loss, the Blue Streaks played admirably the entire game. In the first half, the Blue and Gold were able to keep pace with Wooster in shot attempts, only losing that battle 13-12.

Multiple Blue Streaks had big games on the day. McQuinn was perhaps the most dominant as she scored three goals, which led JCU in scoring for the day. McQuinn also got it done in other aspects of the game, as she picked up a team high five ground balls, while staying active on offense, as evidenced by her seven shots on goal.

Grombala was also outstanding, serving as a steady flow for the Blue Streaks on offense by scoring two goals. Heishman rounded out the Blue and Gold’s efforts, scoring a goal of her own.

The Blue Streaks received other contributions from players including freshman Emma Workman, who picked up four ground balls.

Senior attacker Alexis Guage stayed aggressive the whole game with her three shot attempts.

Sophomore midfielder Maddie Speer would serve as a jack of all trades for the Blue and Gold as she recorded three shot attempts, three ground balls and one shot on goal.

Sophomore goalkeeper Kaleigh Kotula might have had the hardest job of the day serving as the last line of defense for the Blue Streaks. Kotula had a fantastic game as she had nine saves, that without her could have ended in potential goals for Wooster.

In addition, out of Wooster’s 31 shot attempts they only converted on 14 of them which was good for a 27 percent conversion rate.

The Blue and Gold’s next opponent will be a familiar one in the Muskingum Muskies.The matchup between the Ohio Athletic Conference rivals Blue Streaks and Muskies will take place at Don Shula stadium on March 23. The matchup will also be both teams’ first OAC matchup of the season respectively.