WLAX: Berg strong in loss to JCU

(Photos by Mason Hainey)
(Photos by Mason Hainey)

TIFFIN -- Despite what the scoreboard read after the game, the Heidelberg University women's lacrosse team played extremely well in a 17-3 loss to John Carroll University. With three key players sidelined with injuries, the Student Princes played the perennially strong Blue Streaks tough, especially in the second half.

Heidelberg dropped to 6-8 overall, 2-5 in the OAC. John Carroll improved to 13-2, 6-1.

The Student Princes trailed 11-0 at halftime and were down 13-0 before Angela Lulejian knifed through the defense and put Heidelberg on the board. Moments later, Amanda Sugrue surged forward and found the back of the net.

With just under six minutes to play, Jen Kovarik intercepted a pass in the JCU defensive end, spun, shot and beat the keeper. Her goal made it 15-3.

Jessica Ballow (6-8) started the game in goal and made seven saves. Mandi Phillips played the final 12 minutes. McKenzie Perry led the way with two caused turnovers.

The potent JCU offense was paced by a seven-goal effort by Gina Vilsack. Grace Curatolo tallied five assists.

At halftime, Heidelberg athletics honored 155 student-athletes who received the Landess Scholar Athlete Award in the fall. The award recognizes student-athletes who earn a 3.0+ GPA during the semester of competition.

The Student Princes wrap up their sophomore season on Saturday. They play host to Mount Union, starting at 1 p.m.