March 30, 2013

Minner's Winner Lifts No. 15 Mercyhurst over No. 13 Bloomsburg

from press release

ERIE, Pa.- Kayla Minner scored with 2.1 seconds left, lifting the No. 15 Mercyhurst women's lacrosse team past No. 13 Bloomsburg, 11-10, Saturday afternoon. The Lakers have won six straight games after Saturday's Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) victory at Tullio Field.

Mercyhurst seemingly had things under control, taking a 10-5 lead with 16:49 left. Bloom had other ideas, however, scoring five consecutive goals to tie the game. Ashley Bossert found Patrice Coleman for the tying score with 11 seconds remaining in the second half.

Kyla Keefe stepped in to take her first draw control of the day. The ball went up and came down on the stick of Anna LeGrett. LeGrett sprinted down the right hash, moving past several Bloom defenders. As she entered the 12-meter arc, LeGrett dished ahead to Minner on the left side. Her shot dodged Bloom goalie Sara Bates, putting the Lakers back in the lead with 2.1 seconds left.

Rebecca Himes scored 34 seconds into the match to put Mercyhurst up early. Bloom answered with three straight scores. Alisha Catalino took over after that. She scored at the 19:56 mark to cut the deficit to one. After another Huskies goal, Catalino scored twice in 1:12 to even the score at four. With 16:03 to play, LeGrett assisted on a Brittany Tucker goal to give the hosts the lead.

Himes and Catalino each scored to expand the advantage. Bloom scored with just under seven minutes left, but Minner converted a free position shot to send Mercyhurst into the half with an 8-5 lead.

Neither offense could muster much of an attack early in the second half. Himes found LeGrett for the first goal of the period with 19:44 remaining. Himes then hit Minner for a goal at the 16:49 mark, making it 10-5. Bloom rallied from there, setting up Minner's heroics.

Catalino had four goals, while Minner posted three goals and an assist. Himes had two goals and two assists and LeGrett had a goal and two helpers. Emily Gebhardt dished out two assists. Rebecca Muscella made several key stops, totaling 11 saves in the victory.

Mercyhurst improved to 7-1 overall and 2-0 in the PSAC. Bloom is 2-5 overall and 0-2 in the league. The Lakers hit the road for their next four matches, starting with a trip to Edinboro on Tuesday, April 2. The PSAC contest is slated for a 4 p.m. start. 

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