April 16, 2011

Keirn Scores with 11 Seconds Left to Lift Mercyhurst over Millersville

from press release

ERIE, Pa. – Junior Ally Keirn's goal with 11 seconds remaining broke a 9-9 tie and lifted the No. 12 Mercyhurst College women's lacrosse to its 10th win of the season, a 10-9 decision over Millersville on Senior Day Saturday afternoon at Tullio Field.

Keirn got the deciding tally when she took the ball from behind the cage and went one-on-one with goalkeeper Courtney Haggerty, beating her with a shot to the far post with 11.8 showing on the clock. It was her only goal of the afternoon and it squashed a three-goal rally by the Marauders, who had trailed 9-6 with nearly 20 minutes to play.

Milllersville started to pick away at the Laker lead when Caitlin Shannon struck on a free-position attempt at 18:41. Mary Houtmann followed suit to pull the visitors within one at 13:04, and Morgan Mangiaruga evened the slate with just 58 seconds to play.

The Lakers, however, ended the run after winning the ensuing draw control and driving the ball down field to set up Keirn's third game-winner of the year.

Prior to the stretch, Mercyhurst and Millersville played a spirited game, with the Lakers ending the first half on top 7-4 after reeling off four straight during the final 10 minutes.

Both teams traded goals in the early portion, beginning with senior Kimberly Masterton's first of the game at the 27:25 mark. Shannon evened the slate shortly after, but back-to-back tallies courtesy of sophomore Alisha Catalino and Masterton at 22:30 and 18:58 made it a 3-1 game.

Millersville eventually tied the game on consecutive tallies before the Lakers manufactured their four-goal run that saw juniors Laura Trenti and Kelly Palmer, sophomore Kayla Minner and Masterton all find the back of the net within a four-minute and 40-second span.

Brooke Fisher ended the frame and took the teams into halftime with a 7-4 score when she struck with 3:58 to play.

After the break, both teams traded goals to make it a 9-6 game before Millersville started its late rally.

Mercyhurst finished the game with advantages in nearly every statistical category despite getting outscored 5-3 in the final frame. The Lakers outshot the Marauders 25-22 and held a 15-6 edge in draw controls.

Offensively for Mercyhurst, Masterton and Catalino combined for six goals with three apiece. Trenti, Palmer, Minner and Keirn each added one.

Junior goalkeeper Jenny Perkins preserved the win with eight saves and moved to 10-4 on the season. Haggerty for Millersville stopped six shots as she suffered the loss.

The Lakers, standing at 10-4 overall after winning back-to-back games, will look to continue their winning ways when they host Lake Erie College on Monday, Apr. 18 at Tullio Field. Game time is set for 4 p.m.

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