It put together both halves of its game in the second half.
And that was the story behind the Upper Perkiomen girls lacrosse team's 10-4 victory over Pottsgrove Wednesday.
While the Indians' offense hit the nets six times in the stretch run of this Pioneer Athletic Conference matchup — the only one played locally, while others were halted by the day's unseasonable weather and field conditions — the defense allowed the Falcons just one goal down the stretch. That turned what had been a close game (4-3) in the first half into a more decisive finale for UP.
Aubrey Wilcox was the offensive star for the Indians (2-0), scoring four goals while assisting on another. Kayla Smith added two tallies while Morgan Rynn, Kenzie Gebhart (two assists), Maddie Fox and Olivia Vogel rounded out the winners' scoring.
For Pottsgrove (0-1), Cheyenne Owens had two goals against the solo tallies of Caitlin Gillette and Brianna West. Hailey Jacobs had seven-save goaltending compared to 13 by UP's Regan McComb.
Perkiomen School 10, Lansdale Catholic 9: Victoria Rath hit the nets for a game-high five goals, keying the Panthers in their narrow non-league victory over the Crusaders.
Nicole Pupillo chipped in with a pair of tallies for Perkiomen. Mikayla Matthews, Maddy Faraco (one assist) and Gretchen Ray rounded out the locals' scoring.
Penn Charter 12, Hill School 11: In a non-league game that featured goal-for-goal action, Penn Charter outlasted the Blues by weathering a final flurry.
Elizabeth Sitko and Kathleen Carmichael netted hat tricks for the Hill, which got two tallies from Liz Cossel and single scores from Chrissy Meder, Katie Raichle and Amanda Dupell. Sitko and Carmichael combined for three assists while freshman netminder Annie Carroll, replacing Bibi Parlatore after she went down with an injury in the first 10 minutes, made a number of solid saves to keep the Hill within a goal of its hosts.
Kiski 4, Hill School 3: Scoring twice in the final 4½ minutes, Kiski School rebounded for a non-league victory over the Blues.
Hill struck first with a goal by Bucknell-bound Jake Saenz at the 6:54 mark. Ben Bala netted his first career goal before halftime, and Will Schantz tallied with 21:05 left in response to Kiski's second game-tying goal in the third quarter. Hill goalie Dan Katzman finished with 10 saves.
Lansdale Catholic 18, Perkiomen School 2: The Panthers opened the season by falling to the Crusaders in a non-league matchup.
Tony Coleman and Derek Fosbenner scored Perkiomen's only goals. The lone bright spot for Perkiomen was the play of senior goalkeeper Tim Turner who made 22 saves.
Franklin & Marshall 13, Ursinus 8: In a game of runs, the Diplomats scored the first three in 1:22, then scored seven straight starting in the second quarter en route to a Centennial Conference win over the Bears.
Ursinus (1-1, 5-3) rallied from the early deficit to tie the score at 6-all. It was led by two goals from junior attack Mark Stratton (two assists), sophomore attack Tucker Noel and senior midfielder Dylan Spangenberg, with junior midfielder Steve Smyrl adding a goal and assist.
Trailing 3-0, the Bears got on the board 3:53 into the first when Noel scored his fifth goal of the season on an assist from junior attack Mike Neal. After a goal gave F&M a 4-1 lead, Ursinus scored two straight to end the quarter as Stratton scored with 3:50 left, while Spangenberg scored with 1:16 left to get within one.
Down two at the start of the second quarter, extra-man goals each from Spangenberg and Stratton with the last coming with 2:18 into the quarter tied the score at 5-all. Smyrl's lone goal at 6:30 into the second tied the score at six before F&M went on its seven-goal run.
Ursinus 6, Washington 3: In their Centennial Conference opener, the Bears won two of three doubles matches to start the day en route to their victory over the Shorewomen.
The Bears (6-3) then closed out the match with winning four singles matches over Washington (0-2, 3-3).
In doubles play, sophomores Stephanie-Jane Seabra and BreAnna Bashaw defeated the Blair King/Emily Evans team by an 8-2 score, with junior Audrey Whitebloom and freshman Christine Palazzolo defeating Amy Stevens and Tricia Valerio at number three flight, 8-3. In singles play, Bashaw defeated Kang at third flight, 6-4, 6-3, while Seabra defeated Evans at number four flight, 6-4, 7-5.
Junior Christina Cromwell defeated Stevens at number five flight, 6-2, 6-1, while freshman Robin Alsher defeated Valerio at number six flight, 6-3, 6-0.