March 26, 2011

No. 9 Gannon Salvages Weekend, Beats Kutztown

from press release

- The No. 9 Gannon women's lacrosse team snapped a 6-6 tie with five consecutive goals and earned a weekend road split with an 11-8 victory at Kutztown Saturday afternoon in Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) action.

Kimberly Neagle's (Auburn, N.Y./Auburn) only goal of the match broke the deadlock with 24:47 left in regulation. Jess Fugate (Wooster, Ohio/Wooster) then sandwiched a pair of Mary Eshenour (Waterloo, N.Y./Waterloo) goals between two of her own for an 11-6 advantage.

Fugate's unassisted tally with 6:20 left to play capped the 5-0 run. Kutztown tried to rally with two goals in the final 5:30, but it wasn't enough as Gannon held on for an 11-8 victory. The Lady Knights kept the Golden Bears scoreless for 20 minutes and 10 seconds during the decisive second-half run.

Neither team was able to grab a lead larger than two goals during a tight first half. Kutztown initially took a 2-0 lead, before Caitlyn Fisher (Cypress, Texas/Cy-Fair) scored Gannon's first goal eight minutes and 27 seconds into the match.

The home squad held a 4-3 lead until Gannon rolled off the final three goals of the half. Sarah Grzybinski (New Market, Md./Linganore) tied the match with 3:20 showing on the clock, before Eshenour and Rachel DerCola (Rochester, N.Y./Brighton) added scores in the final two minutes to give the Lady Knights a 6-4 halftime lead.

Eshenour led Gannon's offensive unit with four goals. Fisher and Fugate added two scores each. Neagle and DerCola completed the scoring with one goal apiece. DerCola dished out two assists while Fisher added another.

Gannon held a commanding 41-16 edge in shots, but Kutztown's JoAnn McLaughlin made 19 saves in the defeat. Margaret Maslyn (Penn Yan, N.Y./Penn Yan Academy) had five saves for the Lady Knights.

Gannon, ranked ninth in the latest Intercollegiate Women's Lacrosse Coaches Association (IWLCA) national rankings, improved to 6-2-1 overall and 3-1 in the PSAC. Kutztown dropped to 4-4 overall and 0-4 in conference play. The Lady Knights return to action Tuesday, March 29 against East Stroudsburg at Gannon University Field. Game time is scheduled for 4 p.m.

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