TU takes advantage of short-handed Urbana

If it had been a street baseball game, one of Tiffin’s players would have switched sides and played with Urbana.

But lacrosse has no such provision.

So, when the Blue Knights arrived in Tiffin with just 11 players, they were forced to play the Dragons 11-on-12.

At times Saturday, things even were more unbalanced. In the first half, Urbana’s Alanna Costigan was sidelined for a time with an injury, making it 10-on-12.

Bottom line, TU coach Erica Brown knew her team had more than a good chance of winning.

It did. Tiffin won its final home game of 2014, 16-1, over the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Blue Knights.

“Obviously, going into it, we knew they were down a player,” Brown said after the Dragons improved to 6-10, 4-3. “We were going to take advantage of that. Just scoring in transition – obviously you can score when you’re a man up – but we took our time, we ran our plays, and we worked on things we talked about all week in practice, and it was really good.”

The catalyst for that was Emily Roussel, who scored five times and added three assists. She was seemingly involved in everything Saturday, and her coach said that isn’t unusual.

“Emily is the type of player who wants to be involved,” Brown said. “It was awesome. She was going so hard on the attacking end. She was creating attacking opportunities for her teammates, and I think that was a huge aspect for her today.”

Roussel said it was a team effort.

“I guess the mindset would be that we all wanted to work together,” said the Georgetown, Texas native. “We didn’t want to play down to the team; we just came out and gave it our all.”

The Dragons also got three goals each from a pair of freshmen: Tori Nelson and Gina Abulone. Abulone also had a pair of assists.

“Gina worked on some things (Friday) about dodging, just getting around that defender, and she was definitely able to use it,” Brown said. “I think she was keeping her head up on the attacking as well. She had a couple of assists as well, which was great.

“And then Tori just played so well, especially in that midfield today. Coming off the draw, she was just seeing everything.”

The two senior Dragons also got in on the act. Kalie Weinheimer scored a goal, and Sarah Gowan had an assist. The two usually are defenders.

“To be able to get them up on the attacking end was great today,” Brown said.

The Dragons have one game left on the schedule, at Alderson Broaddus next Sunday. From there, it’s the GLIAC Tournament.

“I know everybody’s hurting, everybody’s tired, it’s the end of the season,” Weinheimer said. “But we need to go out with a bang and end well.”

Tiffin used three goalkeepers: Jessica Bombard, Kali Misano and Kellie Gruber, who had two saves each.

Urbana (1-8, 1-5) got its only goal with 5.9 seconds left in the first half. Taylor Andersen recorded the goal.