Coastal Point • Tripp Colonell: IR junior midfielder Delaney Brannon races downfield against Padua’s Susan Stepek on Saturday.Coastal Point • Tripp Colonell: IR junior midfielder Delaney Brannon races downfield against Padua’s Susan Stepek on Saturday.It was tough return from spring break for the Indian River High School girls’ lacrosse team on Saturday, April 22, as they fell to Padua 20-4 in a non-conference loss.

The Pandas were led by six goals from senior midfielder Amanda Berry and four goals from junior midfielder Grace DiGiovanni as they improved to 5-1 on the season.

“The great thing about sports is on any given day any team can win, and on Saturday Padua showed up to play,” said IR head coach Kelsea Ayers. “Padua was a good team, and we knew that going into the game. We knew that in order to win we needed to be able to execute a successful transition and pay attention to detail. Unfortunately, we were unsuccessful with executing our game plan.”

Scores for the Indians came from junior midfielder Delaney Brannon and senior midfielder Lexi Haden, and two goals from junior midfielder Helen Davis.

Junior goalie Mya Parks had 18 saves in the matchup.

After a lopsided first-half performance, the Indians were able to turn things around in the second, holding the Pandas to just six goals in the game’s final 30 minutes.

“We definitely played better in the second half than the first half,” said senior defender Erin Haden. “Today, it was the little things that got us. We always put the effort out.”

“Overall, the girls played hard to very last whistle, and that is all I could ask for,” added Ayers. “We learned a lot from this game, and now know what else we need to work on to be ready for another great opponent on Wednesday.”

The loss dropped the Indians to 2-5 on the season, coming off their 22-10 win over St. Thomas More just before spring break.

They were scheduled to face St. Mark’s in another non-conference match up on Wednesday, April 26, (after Coastal Point press time), before heading to Georgetown to take on Sussex Academy (4-3) on Friday, April 28, in what will be both school’s only Henlopen South division game this season.

Last season, the Indians got the best of the first-year rivalry in a 14-5 win. This year’s game is set to begin at 4 p.m. at Sussex Academy in Georgetown.

Game stats:

Goals: H. Davis (2), D. Brannon (1), L. Haden (1)
Assists: K. Hall (1)
Saves: M. Parks (18)