March 27, 2013

Bloomsburg No Match for No. 2 West Chester

from press release

Lauren Glassey (above) scored two goals and set up a third, leading No. 2 West Chester to a comfortable win over No. 13 Bloomsburg in PSAC action on Wednesday.
© Kevin P. Tucker

WEST CHESTER, Pa. – Host West Chester outscored visiting Bloomsburg, 7-1, in the second half of its PSAC women's lacrosse match at Vonnie Gros Field Wednesday afternoon to catapult the second-ranked Golden Rams to a 12-5 victory over the 13th-ranked Huskies.

Tori Dugan led West Chester (4-0, 1-0 PSAC) with five points on two goals and three assists, as the Golden Rams exacted revenge on defending PSAC Champion Bloomsburg University (2-4, 0-1 PSAC).

Last season, these two bitter rivals met in the PSAC semifinals and Bloomsburg knocked out West Chester from the postseason tournament with a 15-11 win. The Huskies also took the regular-season meeting a year ago, 14-13 in overtime.

Preseason Tewaaraton Award Watch List honoree, Dugan was determined not to let the same thing happen on the Rams' home turf. She posted one goal and two assists in the second half when West Chester went on a 7-1 run and goalkeeper Jess Henderson (4-0) decided that one goal was enough after the break.

West Chester's seven goals were scored by six different players – the two tallies coming from freshman Haley Nelson. Henderson, who finished with eight saves in the contest, made six big saves in the final 30 minutes to keep the Huskies from gaining any momentum. She stopped a pair of free position attempts and got the shaft of her stick on a shot from point-blank range to frustrate the visitors in the second half.

The Golden Rams ended the game with a sting of five unanswered goals to send the 2012 PSAC champions home with their fourth loss in six contests.

The Huskies started off the scoring within the first two minutes of the tilt. However, the Golden Rams answered with four unanswered goals. Dugan found freshman Hannah Cowen out in front all alone for a man-up goal at 22:05 and then finished off a feed from classmate Lauren Glassey seven minutes later to conclude the four-goal run.

Bloomsburg made its statement by scoring three of the final four goals of the first half to draw within striking distance by the break. The score at the half was 5-4 in favor of West Chester.

Nicole Pyle, Glassey, and Nelson added two goals each in the matchup. Sarah Dennison, Jamie Dolan and Theresa Giunta were the other goal scorers for the Golden Rams. Pyle and Glassey each finished with three points.

Wednesday's game was the first "Lax4Life" contest during the 2013 campaign in which West Chester University will raise money for Lax4Life, Inc., - a national lacrosse campaign to provide and support programs geared towards adolescent and young adult suicide prevention awareness.

West Chester's and Bloomsburg's women's lacrosse teams also came together at midfield before the game in a moment of silence to remember Kristie Quigley, Seton Hill women's lacrosse head coach, who died in a bus accident on March 16 while traveling to an away game.

West Chester's next game is Saturday as it welcomes another PSAC opponent, Millersville, to Vonnie Gros Field at 1 p.m.

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