May 1, 2012

Mercyhurst Downs Indiana in PSAC Quarters

from press release

ERIE, Pa. - The Mercyhurst women's lacrosse team beat Indiana (Pa.), 19-11, Tuesday afternoon. The Lakers led 12-2 at halftime and 19-4 with 13:24 left in the second half of the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) Quarterfinal at Tullio Field.

With the win, Mercyhurst qualifies for the PSAC Final Four for the second straight year. It will face top-seeded Lock Haven on Friday, May 4, at 1 p.m. at Lock Haven.

On Tuesday, the Lakers put together an epic effort to dominate the Crimson Hawks for the first 45 minutes of action. Ally Keirn scored 3:10 into the first half and then Jessica Lincoln made it 2-0 37 seconds later. IUP got on the board with 20:31 to go in the first frame. Keirn found Kelly Palmer and Alisha Catalino for goals and then Catalino scored unassisted to put the hosts ahead 5-1. Alexa Lodovici tried to keep Indiana in the match with a score, but Mercyhurst followed with a 7-0 run.

Palmer converted a free position shot and then Anna LeGrett scored two consecutive goals. Kayla Minner and Catalino put the Lakers up 10-2. In the final minute of the half, Lincoln and Minner each scored for a 10-goal lead. In the first 30 minutes, Mercyhurst outshot IUP, 19-3, and won 11-15 draw controls.

Lodovici began the second period with a goal, but the Lakers responded with four straight to ice the victory. Keirn and Minner scored less than a minute apart and then LeGrett and Keirn put the hosts ahead 16-3. Lodovici scored again, but Meghan Hardy scored with 18:58 remaining. Keirn and Hardy scored again to make it 19-4 with 13:24 left.

Coach Cecil Pilson pulled his starters at that point and Indiana was able to score the last seven goals of the day. In the contest, Mercyhurst had 29 shots to 18 for the visitors. The Lakers held a 24-8 advantage in draw controls.

Keirn recorded four goals and two assists, while LeGrett had three scores and two helpers. Catalino and Minner each had hat tricks. Lincoln and Palmer each had two goals and an assist. Jenny Perkins picked up the win in net, as she was rarely challenged in 42 minutes of play. Rebecca Muscella and Kyra Maludy each saw time in the cage as time ran down.

Mercyhurst improved to 12-6 with the win and completed a season sweep of IUP. Indiana dropped to 11-6 in 2012.

This weekend, the Lakers play at Lock Haven at 1 p.m. Friday. Sixth-seeded Bloomsburg, who defeated Gannon on Tuesday, will take on #2 West Chester at 4 p.m. The winners of the semifinal matches will meet Saturday, May 5, at 1 p.m. in the championship game.

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