Indianapolis Puts the Heat on Rams’ Lacrosse

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Goal keeper, Casey Hickman blocking a shot.

The Greyhounds (5-1) of the University of Indianapolis rode the back of attacker Chalane Morrison to a 20-8 road victory over the Rams (0-4) Friday afternoon.

Morrison put the game out of reach early with her stellar play, which consisted of eight goals. She had all eight of her goals in the first half, as she outscored the Rams by herself 8-5 in the first half.

Her combination of speed and shooting skills were too much for the Rams to tangle with.

Morrsion did not have to do it by herself though. She gave her team a 13-5 lead at halftime, but that was when the Greyhounds showed they have a vast array of scorers.

Attacker Anna Rulapaugh compiled five goals of her own during the match. When the Greyhounds found someone who could consistently get through the Rams’ defense, they gave the ball to them early and often, generating great results.

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Sarah Wendt running the field and dodging Indianapolis.

Grace Gunneson, an attacker for the Greyhounds, posted two goals of her own to get into the scoring party in the second half. Midifielder/attacker Kailee King recorded one goal, while defense/midfielder Laura McKee scored two more to spur the second half scoring onslaught brought on upon the Rams.

All day long, the Rams were outplayed in all facets of the game. Defensively, the Rams consistently allowed the Greyhounds to penetrate their defense and find wide open, cutting shooters, or take it home themselves.

Junior goalkeeper Casey Hickman was constantly bombarded all game long, having no support from her defense. Her seven saves helped prevent what could have been an even worse outing for the Rams.

Not all was bad though, as the Rams posted eight goals. In the first half, freshman attacker Lillian Funke and senior attacker Brooke Hunley scored and assisted off of each other for the first two Rams’ goals, forming a good connection.

Junior midfielder Sarah Wendt and senior midfielder Haley Price took it upon themselves to slice their way through the Greyhounds’ defense, scoring two unassisted goals. Price would add another one later in the half, but the Rams still trailed 13-5.

Hunley would go on to score two more of her three goals in the second half. One of them was assisted by junior midfielder Courtney Matthews. She scored the other by herself. Matthews got through the Greyhounds’ defense to send a shot to the back of the net herself.

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Alex Green during a face-off.

Despite the relative offensive success the Rams had, their defensive play doomed any hope of them winning.

The Rams were a respectable 9-of-13 in clears, but the Greyhounds were 17-of-17. The Greyhounds dominated the ground ball department 21-11 and a 16-13 edge in draw controls.

Getting out-shot 34-13 really showcased the afternoon that the Rams went through.

Searching for their first win of the season, the Rams will plat at home against Edinboro at 1 p.m.

Anthony Bracken is the Sports Editor of The Picket. He can be reached at abrack02@rams.shepherd.edu