By Harry Chaykun
Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 3/27/13
When Strath Haven senior center Kirsten Wilhelmsen gets to Lafayette College next fall, she knows she’ll be playing lacrosse.
As for her course of study?
“Undecided,” was her quick reply.
Wilhelmsen got a lesson in the game of lacrosse from a coach’s point of view. She banged up her elbow in a fall in a game at Unionville last week, so when the Panthers made the trip to West Chester to take on Henderson in a nonleague game today, Wilhelmsen stood on the sideline, rested her elbow and watched her teammates and coaches in action.
She took particular note of coach Rachel Busza’s timeout talk with 15 minutes left in the second half after the host Warriors (2-1) had cut a four-goal deficit to one. The Panthers (2-0, ranked No. 3 by Phillylacrosse.com) responded with five goals in the next four minutes and rolled to a 17-9 victory at J. Oscar Dicks Stadium.
“We needed an energy boost in that timeout,” Wilhelmsen said. “We came out and got four goals right away and they tied us by halftime. The second half started out like the first half, but then we got a lot of contributors after that timeout.
“We have some returning experience on our defense, but we have people who know this year they have to be leaders. We play Garnet Valley and Springfield when we start the Central League (next week), and they will be tough games. We know there will be a lot of tough games in our league, but it helps up (in the playoffs) to be in that league and play so many tough games.”
Wilhelmsen’s cousin, Morgan Glassford (Temple), tossed in four goals and had three assists for Haven, while juniors Kathryn Restrepo and Brianna Irons and sophomores Suzanna Penikis and Katherine Sherry got three goals apiece. Junior Kristen Hansen and sophomore Bridget Sherry played well at midfield, and senior Jessica Borbee and junior Lily Kovach were tough on defense for the Panthers.
“They needed a little inspirational speech,” Busza said of her timeout talk. “I might have yelled a little, but I was yelling positive things.
“We have sophomores and players who are starting for the first time who are going to keep getting better.”
Junior Katie O’Donnell (Penn State) scored five goals and was strong on draw controls for Henderson.
“We’re young,” Henderson coach Kim Jackson said. “We played a good first half, then our (inexperience) showed as the second half went on.”
Before the game, the players and coaches from both teams gathered at midfield and observed a moment of silence in memory of Seton Hill University coach Kristina Quigley, her unborn son and team bus driver Anthony Guaetta, who died in a crash on the Pennsylvania Turnpike as the team was traveling to Millersville University for a March 16 game.
Strath Haven 17, West Chester Henderson 9
Strath Haven 5 12 – 17
W.C. Henderson 5 4 – 9
Strath Haven: Morgan Glassford 4G 3A, Brianna Irons 3G, Kathryn Restrepo 3G, Suzanna Penikis 3G, Katherine Sherry 3G, Erica Conner 1G.
West Chester Henderson: Katie O’Donnell 5G, Morgan Daugherty 3G 1A, Katie Heisman 1G.
Saves – Strath Haven: Hallie Yancey 6. West Chester Henderson: Julianna Cantor 7.