March 26, 2011

Hooverville: No. 8 West Chester Beats 'Hurst

from press release

– Jackie Hoover tied her career high with five goals and established a new personal best with seven points to lead eighth-ranked West Chester University to a 16-10 victory over seventh-ranked Mercyhurst in a PSAC women's lacrosse match on a sunny, but windy, Saturday afternoon.

West Chester (7-1, 5-0 PSAC) remained perfect in league play and ran its regular-season conference winning streak to 64 games with the win. Mercyhurst (7-2, 3-1) saw its seven-game win streak on the season come to a close. It also marked the second win in as many days over a nationally ranked opponent for the Golden Rams, following their 18-5 drubbing of No. 9 Gannon on Friday.

Head coach Ginny Martino won her 200th career contest in the process.

The Golden Rams scored three unanswered goals in the final four minutes of the first half to open up a 9-5 lead at the break. Devon Lotkowski potted the final two tallies in that run. She finished the day with a hat trick and five points.

Mercyhurst battled back early in the second half, scoring three of the first four goals in the frame to draw within a pair, 10-8. Ally Keirn scored twice on quick shots from close range – the second on a very difficult angle – to make it a 9-7 game.

However, Hoover answered with a one-time out in front off a feed from Tori Dugan behind the cage to re-establish the Rams' three-goal advantage. Alisha Catalino knocked the lead back to a pair at the 25:18 mark.

Mercyhurst and West Chester each traded goals over the next 12 minutes. But, the Golden Rams rattled off five consecutive tallies in the final 11 minutes that put the game out of reach. Hoover and Dugan each scored twice with Lauren Glassey picking up her sixth of the season in the middle.

Dugan finished with a hat trick and four points, and Shannon Hayes posted three assists. Claire Grimwood scored a pair of goals as well. Erin Oczkowski, Jacki Patterson and Glassey each scored once.

MacKenzie O'Keefe (5-1) made three saves in goal to earn the win. She was relieved by Jess Henderson in the second half, who also recorded three saves. Jenny Perkins (7-2) went the distance in the cage for Mercyhurst registering 11 stops.

Keirn posted five points for the Lakers while Kayla Minner notched four. Each of those ladies finished with three goals apiece. Alisha Catalino netted a pair of goals, and Kimberly Masterton and Anna LeGrett scored for the visitors as well.

West Chester returns to Vonnie Gros Field on Tuesday for another PSAC home contest against Millersville at 4 p.m.

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