March 24, 2012

No. 7 West Chester Break the Rock

from press release

– The seventh-ranked West Chester University women's lacrosse team jumped out to a 7-0 lead and went on to hand Slippery Rock University a 14-4 defeat Saturday in Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference action at Mihalik-Thompson Stadium.

The loss is the third in a row for Slippery Rock, which saw its season record drop to 2-3 overall and 0-3 in the PSAC. West Chester remained unbeaten at 4-0 overall and 2-0 in league action.

The Golden Rams finished the game with advantages of 31-19 in total shots, 26-13 in shots on goal and 34-26 in ground balls. West Chester was successful on 17-of-23 clear attempts. Slippery Rock posted an 11-9 edge in draw controls and was successful on 13-of-20 clear attempts.

Morgan Pettit was the lone Slippery Rock player to record multiple points, finishing with one goal and one assist. Sarah Gonsiewski, Paige Costantino and Lydia Heishman (pictured) all scored one goal and Emma VanDenburg handed out one assist to cap the scorers. The goals for Gonsiewski and Heishman were the first in their respective college careers.

Natalie Crenshaw took the loss in goal after allowing 13 goals and recording 11 saves in 48:49 of action. Elizabeth Byrne played the final 11:11 and allowed one goal while making one save.

West Chester was led by three point performances from Nicole Pyle (3g), Lauren Glassey (2g, 1a), Erin Oczkowski (1g, 2a) and Tori Dugan (2g, 1a). Jess Henderson improved to 4-0 in goal after allowing four goals and recording nine saves.

The Golden Rams scored the first goal of the game at the 26:50 mark and poured in five more goals over the next five minutes to lead 6-0 with just under 21 minutes left in the opening half. They added a seventh tally at 12:46 before Slippery Rock broke the run when Pettit scored at 11:49 to make it 7-1.

West Chester scored three more times to close the half with a 10-1 lead and capped a 6-0 run with three goals to open the second half to make it 13-1 with just under 19 minutes to play.

Slippery Rock would add three goals in the final 15 minutes of the game but could not recover from the early deficit.

The Rock will travel to Wheeling Jesuit for a non-conference game March 27 before returning home next weekend to host Millersville March 30 and Shippensburg March 31.

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