April 20, 2013

Mercyhurst Tops Millersville; Clinches PSAC Spot

from press release

ERIE, Pa.- The No. 15 Mercyhurst women's lacrosse team beat Millersville, 11-7, Saturday at Tullio Field. The Lakers have clinched a Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) Tournament spot after winning on senior day.

Prior to the match, Alisha Catalino, Brittany Tucker, and Kayla Minner were honored as they got set to play their final regular season home games.

Regan Kaestner and Rebecca Himes combined to get the Lakers going. Himes assisted on consecutive Kaestner goals in the first 65 seconds of action. Millersville scored five minutes later to cut the deficit. The teams slowed after that. Anna LeGrett found Shannen Drennon for a goal at the 10:33 mark. With 8:27 left, Minner scored to make it 4-1. Hannah Corton followed with another goal 44 seconds later to expand the margin.

The Marauders scored, but Himes answered with a goal at the 3:19 mark to make it 6-2. After a Millersville goal, Catalino scored with 51 seconds to play. However, the visitors came back with a goal 29 seconds later, sending the match to the half with Mercyhurst ahead, 7-4.

Neither team scored for the first 15 minutes of the second half. Minner finally scored with 14:06 remaining. Catalino hit Himes for a goal and a 9-4 advantage with 8:20 to go. Millersville rallied, scoring three straight goals to get within two. Minner sealed the game, though, scoring twice in the final minute.

The match was slowed by a hale of whistles and 47 combined turnovers. The Lakers picked up 33 ground balls and won 11-19 draw controls.

Minner scored four goals, while Himes had two goals and two assists. Catalino added a goal and two helpers, while Kaestner scored twice. Rebecca Muscella made six saves, including several key point-blank stops. Caitlin Shannon led Millersville with four goals.

The Lakers improved to 12-3 overall and 7-2 in the PSAC. The Marauders dropped to 8-6 overall and 3-6 in the league. Mercyhurst travels to Gannon on Wednesday, April 24, for another conference match.

Coach Cecil Pilson's squad secured a fifth straight bid in the PSAC Tournament. The Lakers can host a first-round tournament game, pending their results at Gannon and at Lock Haven this coming week.

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