Lima Senior ran out of gas.
The Spartans, who were down 7-6, after the first half, could not sustain the same scoring nor intensity and fell to Marysville 13-7, Friday night in girls lacrosse.
With the loss Lima Senior slips to 2-4. Marysville improves to 2-4.
“They had about 1,800 girls and we had 13. I had one sub,” Spartan head coach Kaity Weidman said. “Our girls were tired. They came out in the second half and were double and triple teaming the ball and they did a very good job of playing the ball.
“We rely on the run and score offense instead of just passing the ball and just get it and go. But they did a good job of taking it away from us.”
Weidman added that the athleticism of the girls showed in the first half in keeping up with the Monarchs but were unable to duplicate that in the second half.
“Their defense stepped it up big and got the job done tonight,” Weidman said.
The Spartans looked strong in the first half, after giving up an early goal in the first minute of the game, rallied for three goals to snare a 3-1 advantage. The Monarchs countered with three goals of their own to retake the lead, 5-3.
Lima Senior battled back to tie the game at 6-6 and it appeared the Spartans were heading to a tie at halftime. But Marysville notched one final goal at the 1:19 mark to grab the advantage.
In the second half, the scoring continued for the Monarchs as they reeled off the first five goals to take the 12-6 lead and gain momentum and control of the game. Lima Senior’s lone score came with 1:47 left in the contest.
Credit Spartan goalie Johnae Gilbert for making some big saves in the second half to keep the score close.
Lima Senior’s Laikyn Wheeler and Meghan Nuckles each scored three goals and Tianna Williams added a goal.
Monarch Emma Boger was a scoring machine as she tallied seven of the team’s scores.
With a depleted bench, Weidman understands it will be tough for the remainder of the season and added that the team still needs to work on various parts of the game.
“We need to improve our defense,” Weidman said. “it is hard not having the subs and a bench. But our girls are learning the game a lot and have developed. We need to develop the offense. We need to get the give and go working and not just rely on fast break but when they do it it works pretty well.”
Reach Jose Nogueras at 567-242-0468.