March 25, 2012

Bloomsburg Stuns No. 7 West Chester

from press release

— Samantha King scored the gamewinning goal in the second overtime that lifted the Bloomsburg University women's lacrosse team to a 13-12 win over seventh-ranked West Chester on Sunday afternoon at Sports Stadium. The win was the first for the Huskies over West Chester since 2003 and snapped a 15-game losing streak to the Golden Rams.

The loss for West Chester also snapped the Golden Rams 72-game regular season PSAC winning streak. It was the school's first conference loss in the regular season since the 2006 season.

In the sudden victory overtime West Chester won the draw control. After working the ball around the outside, Bloomsburg's Carly Ball (Lansdale/North Penn) forced a turnover and got the ground ball pickup to give the Huskies possession. The Huskies then moved the ball down field and were fouled on two consecutive attempts inside the arc. King was fouled on the second attempt was awarded a free position shot. Her shot beat the West Chester goalie on the lower left side of the goal to give the Huskies the win.

Bloomsburg started quickly scoring just 22 seconds into the game when Julie Falk (Millersville/Penn Manor) scored unassisted. King followed with her first goal of the game just over a minute later to put the Huskies on top 2-0. West Chester got on the board when Tori Dugan scored unassisted at 26:59, but the Huskies came back with a goal from Maggie Canavan (Erdenheim/Springfield) for a 3-1 lead.

After a goal from West Chester closed the gap to 3-2, the Huskies got back-to-back free position goals from Aubrey Bossert (Ambler/Wissahickon) and Canavan to put Bloomsburg in front 5-2.

After a goal from the Golden Rams Erin Oczkowski made it 5-3, Falk scored consecutive goals putting the Huskies in control 7-3 with 6:23 left in the half. West Chester though rallied in the final minutes of the first half scoring the final four goals to knot the game at 7-7 at the break.

West Chester made it six straight goals by scoring the first two of the second half to take a 9-7 lead. But, the Huskies rallied with Sam Mazzie (Barto/Boyertown) scoring two goals in less than a minute to tie the game at 9-9. After a goal from WCU's Brittany Long but the Golden Rams back on top, Falk scored for the Huskies with 15:51 to play to tie the score for the third time. Ashley Bossert (Ambler/Wissahickon) then put Bloomsburg back on top with a goal with Mazzie getting the assist.

West Chester tied the score at 11-all with Dugan scoring with 11:47 to play before Canavana answered with 8:13 to play putting the Huskies on top 12-11. The Golden Rams though got the game-tying goal with 54 seconds left in regulation sending the game into overtime.

In the first of the two, three-minute OT sessions, West Chester struck first with Patterson scoring on a Dugan assist. Falk answered for the Huskies just 15 seconds later to tie the score at 13-13. It would stay that way through the remainder of the first, three-minute session and the second, three-minute period forcing the sudden victory and setting up King's game winning heroics.

Falk finished with five goals, while Canavan added three with Mazzie and King getting two each for the Huskies. Erin Oczkowski had four goals to lead West Chester.

Sara Bates (Wading River, NY/Shoreham-Wading River) picked up the win in goal for the Huskies making 14 saves, two in overtime and one with 12 seconds left in regulation that forced the overtime.

Bloomsburg improves to 4-2, 2-0 in the PSAC, while West Chester falls to 4-1, 1-1 in the PSAC. The Huskies play at IUP on Friday at 4 p.m.

Before the game the two teams joined at midfield in support of Lax 4 Life to raise money for teen suicide prevention.

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