Women’s Lacrosse: Potomac State Wins First Game in A Shootout

La Plata, MD- Last Saturday the Potomac State Women’s Lacrosse Team earned their first victory of the season by defeating the College of Southern Maryland by a score of 19-17. Within the first few minutes of the game, freshman Emily Astrayka took the ball down the field on a fast break and scored. “That was huge for us”, said Head Coach Connor Brown; “we talked all week about how important it was to get a fast start, and the girls delivered perfectly.”

Emily Astrayka
Emily Astrayka 

The majority of the game was a fast paced up and down the field track meet style game. First half goals scored by Emily Astrayka, Quincy Oram, Krista Horner, and Alex Jefferson gave the Catamounts a 12-10 lead heading into halftime. The second half maintained a similar style of play to the first half, with Potomac State taking a few goal leads and then Southern Maryland coming back to tie it up. Throughout the whole contest Potomac State never trailed, thanks to solid defense played by all including Carley Gibson with six caused turnovers.

Draw controls by Krista Horner and additional goals scored by Ziasia Bowen, Holly Cleveland, Astrayka, Oram, and Jefferson allowed the Catamounts to maintain the lead and eventually win the contest. With 4:48 left in the game Potomac State called a timeout during a loose transition situation and set up the ending strategy.

Most of the clock was ran out and the Lady Cats were able to win their first game of the season. “This was an awesome experience for our program, the team worked really hard for the entire 60 minutes and we were able to walk away with what we were fighting for” said Brown. Lea Baker recorded six saves throughout the game.

The Lady Cats travel to Columbia, MD on March 24th to face the No. 2 ranked Howard Community College for their next matchup.