April 26, 2011

Mercyhurst, East Stroudsburg Advance in PSAC

from press release

Mercyhust 13, Bloomsburg 10
BLOOMSBURG, Pa. - Junior Ally Keirn recorded five of her game-high seven points in the second half to lead the No. 12 Mercyhurst College women's lacrosse team past No. 14 Bloomsburg, 13-10, in the first round of the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference Championship Tournament Tuesday afternoon at Sports Stadium. The Lakers will now advance to play top-seeded West Chester on Friday, Apr. 29 at 1 p.m. in West Chester, Pa.

Keirn scored two goals and assisted on three others as she rallied the Lakers (13-5) from a one-goal deficit at the break to earn their first postseason win in program history. She finished the afternoon with four goals and three assists, marking the most points scored by a Laker in a playoff game.

Mercyhurst trailed 6-5 at the break after Bloomsburg outscored the Lakers 4-2 midway through the frame. Keirn, junior Kelly Palmer and sophomore Alisha Catalino got the Lakers' first scores of the afternoon and countered a pair of goals by Samantha King before the home team produced a three-goal run over a span of four minutes later in the half.

Sophomore Kayla Minner broke up the streak when she connected on a free-position shot at 3:27, making it a 5-4 game until Sarah Bennett restored the two-goal cushion 50 seconds later at 2:37. Keirn gave the Laker some momentum going into halftime with her second goal of the game off of a pass from senior Ashley Dulaney at 2:07.

The Lakers would build off that late goal in the second half as they outscored the Huskies 4-1 over the first 15 minutes to take a 9-7 lead. Following back-to-back Bloom goals less than two minutes apart, Mercyhurst used another 4-1 run to eventually put the game out of reach.

Offensively, Keirn led all players with seven points. Senior Kimberly Masterton and Minner both finished with four points apiece, with Masterton dishing out a game-high four assists and Minner scoring three goals and adding one helper. Palmer and junior Laura Trenti scored two goals apiece, and freshman Samantha Cock and Catalino added one goal each.

Mercyhurst finished the game with a 27-22 advantage in shot and held a 21-16 edge in ground balls. Bloomsburg won the draw control battle, 17-7.

Junior Jenny Perkins earned the win for the Lakers with six saves and 10 goals allowed.

East Stroudsburg 16, Gannon 8
ERIE, Pa. – Four seniors scored three goals each and East Stroudsburg University scored the final seven goals of the game, including five in less than two minutes, to run away for a 16-8 win over No. 10-ranked Gannon and earn its first PSAC lacrosse postseason victory in 25 years on Tuesday afternoon in northwest Pennsylvania.

Christine Bradley (three goals, five assists), Michelle Mangiaruga (three goals, one assist), Molly O'Hara (three goals, two assists) and Jamie Wesztergom (three goals) led the offense and junior Amanda Simms made a season-high 12 saves in goal for the sixth-seeded Warriors (10-8), who advance to face No. 2 seed Lock Haven in the PSAC semifinals on Friday at West Chester.

ESU's attack was slowed only by a half-hour lightning delay late in the first half, and exploded down the stretch after Gannon (12-5-1) pulled within 9-8 with its final goal of the game with 19:46 remaining.

In the first meeting this season, a 15-14 (OT) upset win for ESU on March 29, Gannon scored the final four goals of regulation to force overtime before the Warriors prevailed.

This time, it was ESU that started and finished strong, seizing control with a four-goal run in 3:30 – three in 39 seconds – midway through the first half, then holding off the Golden Knights after taking an 8-4 lead into an abbreviated intermission following the lightning delay.

Gannon scored the first three goals of the second half to make it 8-7 before Mangiaruga ended the run with the first of her three goals with 21:43 remaining. Neither team scored for more than eight minutes after Gannon cut the deficit to 9-8 before the Warriors began their offensive onslaught.

Wesztergom sealed her second hat trick of the season – both at Gannon – to give ESU a 10-8 lead with 11:19 left, freshman Nicole Miller scored the first of her two goals with 9:38 remaining, and junior Maure Perrymond's goal with 4:06 left put the Warriors ahead 12-8 to begin the closing 5-0 burst in just 1:47.

The Warriors dominated the draw control, winning possession on 19 of the 26 draws, led by five from Christine Bradley and four by junior Laura Riegel. They held an 18-15 advantage in their win at Gannon in the regular season.

Bradley set a career-high with eight points after entering the game with 10 goals and six assists this season, and O'Hara and Mangiaruga continued their outstanding play, both going over the 70-point mark this season. Both seniors have 71 points – 54 goals and 17 assists for O'Hara and 44 goals and 27 assists for Mangiaruga – going into the semifinal vs. Lock Haven.

No. 5-seeded Mercyhurst won 13-10 at No. 4 Bloomsburg in the other quarterfinal on Tuesday. West Chester, the top seed, will host Mercyhurst in the first semifinal on Friday at 1 p.m., followed by ESU vs. Lock Haven at 4 p.m. The final will be held on Saturday at 1 p.m.

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