Morgantown girls’ lacrosse team coming together; defeats Preston 19-6

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KINGWOOD — The future continues to look bright for Morgantown girls’ lacrosse.

Entering the season with a new coach and a small senior class, expectations weren’t high to start the season for the Mohigans (3-0). On Friday, they proved they aren’t a team to sleep on, rolling Preston 19-6 to capture their third consecutive win.

“I think overall, we’re continuing to grow and develop from where we started at. Nobody expected us to be any good this year,” MHS coach Rich Farber said.

“We’re a young team. We only have three seniors and the rest are pretty much sophomores. They’re learning a lot.”

Morgantown’s victory was fueled by an excellent passing performance on the offensive end, as they moved the ball with efficiency and discombobulated the Knights’ defense.

Farber attributes the team’s increasingly effective ball movement to the players beginning to develop a chemistry as they spend more time together on the field.

“They’re starting to be more of a passing team and establish a system rather than being just a one-person team,” he said. “They’re moving the ball around a lot better.

“From the beginning. the team was all divided, but now they’re starting to stick together more as a group.”

Preston coach Cris Gank believes the weather — featuring below-freezing temperatures and snow showers — may have had an effect on his team’s performance.

“I think the weather got to them a little bit. It was cold, and they got stiffened a bit out there,” he said.

“They fought hard, but once you lose the feeling in your fingers, it can get a little hard to keep going. I think they got it in their heads that the cold was going to affect them, but they fought hard and I think they’ll learn from this.”

Morgantown’s Maddie Shaffer led all scorers with nine goals, while also adding two assists.

Morgantown will return to action Monday when it travels to Buckhannon-Upshur. Preston is back in action at home Saturday, March 30, as it hosts Berkley Springs.

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