ESU Defeats IUP: A Comeback for Ladies’ LAX

Photo Credit / Richard MacTough ESU men’s LAX players competed against Lafayette.

By Halle Frisco

Staff Writer

Women’s lacrosse hosted its third annual Alyssa Oxenford Memorial Game this past Saturday, defeating the Indiana University of Pennsylvania (IUP) Crimson Hawks 14-10.

The game was in honor of Alyssa Oxenford, a three-year starting defender from the 2012-14 seasons. She was diagnosed with leukemia after her junior year. Sadly, she passed away in August 2015.

All proceeds from Saturday’s game were donated to an East Stroudsburg University (ESU) women’s lacrosse scholarship fund.

Freshman midfielder Krista Mitarotonda scored four goals, leading the team in goals this season with a total now of 31 goals.

These goals were scored across the nine games that ESU has played so far.

The remaining goals were scored by junior midfielder Emma Rufolo (3 goals), and senior midfielder Chessie Rahmer and sophomore Hana Cicerelle both had two goals.

Junior attack TJ Jefferis, sophomore midfielder Juliane Fitzsimmons, and freshman attack Bailey McMaster each tallied one goal in Saturday’s win.

No. 18 ESU beat its second nationally-ranked opponent back to back after a 17-12 win against Lock Haven University on Wednesday, April 4.

ESU rallied for a win after coming from a deficit at half-time trailing IUP 6-4. 

IUP scored 17 second into the second half, giving them a 7-4 advantage.

ESU fought back, sending in four straight goals to push ahead 8-7.

IUP retaliated with two goals back-to-back, regaining a one-goal lead (9-8).

Junior attack TJ Jefferis tied the game with 15:30 remaining, which started ESU’s six goal run that led them to victory.

Sophomore goalkeeper Tatyana Petteway had 12 saves for ESU and IUP’s goalkeeper, Lauren Piecknick, made 11.

The Warriors notched their second Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) victory with their win over IUP.

ESU is currently in second place of the PSAC standings behind West Chester University, who served ESU only their second loss of the season on Wednesday, March 28.

The Warriors fell 7-14.

Catch the Warriors back in action at home on Wednesday, April 11 at 4 pm against Kutztown University.

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