April 2, 2011

Perkins' 17 Saves Helps Mercyhurst Roll

from press release

– Junior Jenny Perkins made a career-high 17 saves as the eighth-ranked Mercyhurst College women's lacrosse team snapped its two-game losing skid with a 17-8 win over East Stroudsburg Saturday afternoon in Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference play.

Perkins surpassed her previous career-high of 11 stops set last weekend at West Chester and marked the most saves in a game by a Laker goalkeeper since Maeve McGoff recorded 18 in an 18-16 setback against then-No. 5 Lock Haven April 16, 2009.

She made eight of her saves during the second half when the Warriors built some momentum with a 5-1 run that cut the Lakers' lead to three, at 11-8, before the visitors squashed streak with six of their own to end the game.

Mercyhurst, which improved to 8-3 overall, 4-2 in PSAC play, ended the first half with a 6-3 advantage after both teams traded three goals aside through first 20 minutes. MC eventually broke the tie with a three-goal spurt keyed by two goals from junior Kelly Palmer and a strike by junior Lindsay Marafioti to end the frame.

The Laker surge continued in the second half with four more to make it a 10-3 game. However, shortly after sophomore Kayla Minner converted a free-position attempt for the team's 10th goal at 22:46, the Warriors started to make their comeback.

Michelle Mangiaruga put the Warriors on her back with four of the team's five scores in a span of four minutes and 36 seconds to make it three-goal game with a little over 15 minutes to play.

Mercyhurst bounced back with a run of its own in the end, though, scoring the final six goals of the game to end the upset bid and seal its eighth win of the season.

Eight different players contributed offense, with Minner, senior Kimberly Masterton and junior Ally Keirn all finishing with five points. Minner scored four goals and assisted on another, while Masterton and Keirn both netted two goals and three assists.

Freshman Anna LeGrett recorded a hat trick and four points, senior Elizabeth Tice and Palmer had two goals apiece, and junior Jessica Lincoln and Marafioti each found the back of the net once.

The Lakers finished the game with a 37-29 advantage in shots and edges of 14-13 in draw controls and 18-15 in ground balls.

Mercyhurst returns home for its next game on Wednesday, Apr. 6, when Indiana (Pa.) visits Erie for a 4 p.m. matchup at Tullio Field.

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