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posted 03.22.2011 at 11.30 a.m. by Paul Ohanian

Lock Haven's Women Are Prepared for Success

With so many games at this time of year, it’s easy to overlook certain scores and results. But one score that shouldn’t go unnoticed is Lock Haven’s 17-11 win at C.W. Post on Sunday. This was a clash of two Division II women’s titans – legitimate title contenders who could give two-time defending champion Adelphi a run for its money in May. LHU’s resounding road win, which catapulted the Lady Eagles from fourth to second in this week’s national poll, clearly establishes them as the top challenger.

Fueled by a five-goal run midway through the second half, Lock Haven outscored Post 10-4 in the final 30 minutes to take down last year’s national runner-up. Senior Jamie Uzialko paced the way with five goals, while senior Allison Berger and junior Elyse Fisher keyed the decisive run with two goals each. LHU outshot the Pioneers 29-24, and controlled 19 of 30 draws.

And while the six-goal margin in Sunday’s game may have surprised some, one person who probably wasn’t caught off-guard is LHU’s head coach Kristen Selvage. Now in her 10th season at her alma mater, she has established perhaps Division II’s best program this side of Adelphi. With back-to-back PSAC titles the past two seasons as well as three trips to the final four since 2007, there’s just one thing left for the Eagles to do. Win it all. And unlike many coaches, Selvage isn’t shy about saying just that.

When I spoke to her last fall, she candidly admitted that she thought her team had both the talent and motivation to reach the mountain top.  Never mind that the program had just graduated all-time leading scorer Leigh Titus, or had to settle on a new starter in goal. Selvage wasn’t concerned.

“There’s not that much that I’m worried about,” she said. “We’re prepared for success.”

With a dominating 5-0 start, the Eagles could easily push that mark to 10-0 before heading into three straight in early April against the top conference contenders – Gannon, Mercyhurst and West Chester - all currently ranked in the top ten. After that, it’s a showdown with No. 3 ranked Limestone, then the PSAC Tournament to close out the month.

Once that gauntlet has been completed, the Eagles will set their sights on the NCAA prize they have been eyeing since the fall.

“That’s our entire motivation,” said Selvage. “That’s the backbone of it all.”