April 6, 2013

Defense Backs No. 2 West Chester in Erie Sweep

from press release

WEST CHESTER, Pa. – Lauren Glassey, Tori Dugan and Hannah Cowan all registered a hat trick as second-ranked West Chester University easily handled No. 14 Mercyhurst, 19-5, in a PSAC women's lacrosse contest at Vonnie Gros Field Saturday afternoon.

West Chester (8-0, 5-0 PSAC) completed a weekend sweep of the Erie, Pa., schools with the win over Mercyhurst (9-2, 4-1). The Golden Rams topped Gannon, 17-5, on Friday. For the second straight day, West Chester held its opponent to just a single goal in the first 30 minutes of play.

The Golden Rams held a 19-1 lead until the Lakers scored four times in the final six minutes.

The Rams jumped out to a 7-0 lead on the strength of four free position goals in the first 19 minutes of play. Cowan opened the scoring two minutes in off an assist from Glassey, and then Jordan Heidelbaugh doubled the lead with a man-up goal 36 seconds later. After Glassey netted her first of the game 14 seconds after Heidelbaugh, West Chester held a 3-0 advantage three minutes into the game, and Mercyhurst head coach Cecil Pilson burned his first timeout.

Glassey notched her second free position tally of the first half six minutes later to increase the hosts lead to 4-0. Dugan then scored unassisted three minutes after that, before Heidelbaugh and Cowan posted a pair of free position goals to up the lead to 7-0.

Anna LeGrett stopped the run with her first of three goals at the 9:49 mark to put Mercyhurst on the board. However, the Lakers would not score again until 5:47 remained in the game – a drought of 34 minutes – and were never really in the contest after that.

Nicole Pyle scored West Chester's 10th goal of the game with 17 seconds left in the first half while a man down to send the hosts into the locker room at halftime with a 10-1 advantage.

Mercyhurst was plagued by turnovers all afternoon, committing 18 miscues, while West Chester scooped up 23 ground balls to the Lakers' 13. The other telling statistic was the Golden Rams going 8-for-9 on free positions and 2-for-3 in extra-man opportunities.

West Chester has not allowed an opponent to reach 10 goals yet this season. The Rams outscored both Gannon and Mercyhurst this weekend by a combined score of 36-10. WCU led Gannon 11-1 at halftime on Friday and led Mercyhurst 10-1 at the half on Saturday. The nation's sixth-ranked defense seems to be getting stronger as the year progresses.

The Golden Rams entered the weekend in a five-way tie for first place with Indiana (Pa.), Lock Haven, Gannon and Mercyhurst. Following a pair of wins over two of those four, West Chester is now in a three-way tie with Indiana (Pa.) and Lock Haven.

Both Glassey and Dugan finished with six points as each scored three goals and assisted on three others. Erin Eckert, Theresa Giunta, Heidelbaugh and Pyle each tallied twice. Brittany Long and Sarah Dennison had the other goals for West Chester.

LeGrett led the Lakers with her hat trick. Alisha Catalino and Olivia Keirn notched Mercyhurst's other two tallies. Rebecca Himes had an assist.

Jess Henderson (8-0) was called upon to make two saves in 51 minutes in the cage for West Chester. Kelsey Sward came on and played the final nine minutes, making two saves herself.

West Chester travels to Shippensburg on Tuesday.

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