By Shawn Wood
For The Daily Item
BEAVER SPRINGS -- The scene has been the same the past two years when Lewisburg and Midd-West meet on the lacrosse field: Lewisburg wins the regular-season games; Midd-West claims the district title.
On Tuesday afternoon, in a Central Susquehanna Lacrosse League game at West Snyder Field, the Green Dragons may have found something to use later in the year.
A relentless double-team defense and clutch goal-tending from senior Claire Paulsen helped Lewisburg beat Midd-West 12-8.
Lewisburg (3-1, 2-0 CSLL) scored 30 seconds into the contest and led 4-0 after the first five minutes as the Green Dragons dominated in the attacking end.
Paulsen, daughter of Bucknell men's basketball coach Dave Paulsen, made 17 saves, including some clutch one-on-one stops late in the game.
"We held Jamie Ptacek back in the second half and we double-teamed them a lot," Claire Paulsen said. "We were determined to shut them down offensively. It was an exciting game and we came out ready to play in the second half."
Paulsen has been either the starting goalie or has shared the starting job since her sophomore year.
Midd-West senior Nackea Bachman scored four goals and added to two assists for the Mustangs. Her first goal, which made it 4-1, marked the first time the Mustangs crossed midfield. Her fourth goal tied the game at six with 8 minutes left in the half.
"We lost our focus towards the end of the game and I am upset that we lost as we could have won the game," Bachman said. "We had good chances in the shooting space but the second half was frustrating. We'll work on it."
"They didn't come to play," said Midd-West coach Melissa Bauer-Stuck. "We are usually a second-half team and we need to try and become a first-half team."