Wood Rolls over McDevitt in PCL matchup

A snafu with the Bishop McDevitt bus caused Monday’s Philadelphia Catholic League game with Archbishop Wood to be delayed for about an hour.
McDevitt coach Karen Dowd felt the late arrival had an affect on the energy of her team as the Lancers fell to the Vikings 3-0.
“When this happens it just gives me a bad feeling,” Dowd said of the delay. “Friday, we weren’t able to practice because of the rain but we had a nice talk, we went over things, we draw out game plans, we did chalk talk type of things and they were pumped, they were ready to go and I think the bus not coming is the domino effect of one bad thing after another after another (happened).”
For almost the entire game McDevitt found its self on the defensive side of the field trying to prevent the potent Wood offense from lighting up the scoreboard. Wood dominated possession and just about every offensive category in the first half however a Casey Carrigan goal five minutes into the game stood as the only goal of the half.
“Casey Carrigan is the heart and soul of Wood field hockey,” Wood coach Dipi Bhaya said of the senior who ended with two of the Vikings three goals. “We count on her for everything. We count on her to take free hits, we count on her for corners, we count on her for defense (and) we count on her to lead the team.”
The Viking offensive blitz continued in the second half as they tallied 16 total shots for game with 20 corner opportunities as McDevitt managed to only fire a single shot at the Viking cage.
Entering the game Bhaya explained how she was looking for an increase in scoring. Monday’s performance might not have been exactly what Wood was looking for but the ability of the offense to possess the ball the ball and for key players like Carrigan stepping up there were some encouraging signs for the Vikes to take away.
“We just have goals, no matter who we are playing that we want to achieve,” Bhaya said. “It doesn’t matter who our opponent is, with all do respect to whoever we are playing its just we want to meet those goals and we didn’t meet those goals so we were disappointed.”
It’s probably fair to say the goal of the next game for the Vikings is to just win as it takes on perennial Catholic League power Archbishop Carroll on Wednesday afternoon.

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