Crimson Hawks Use 2nd Half Rally to Defeat St. Andrews

LAURINBURG, N.C.-Indiana University of Pennsylvania used a four-goal outburst in just over a three minute span to rally from a first half deficit in defeating host St. Andrews Presbyterian College, 11-9, in women's lacrosse action Tuesday afternoon.

Sophomore attack Becca Vogt scored the game-tying and go-ahead goal in a 17-second rush to begin the momentum shifting rally as the Crimson Hawks (1-0) start 2010 with a win. Vogt finished with five points, adding a game-high three assists to her offensive output.

St. Andrews attempted a late rally but Hawks' freshman goalkeeper Kaitlin Sterling (Cranberry Township, Pa.) made five of her 16 saves in the final five minutes to keep the Knights (1-3) from winning a second straight home game. Sterling (1-0) made eight stops in each half of her collegiate debut.

Freshman Megan Jolly (Waterloo, N.Y.) led the Lady Knights attack with four goals, one assist, and five points. Junior Kim McDaniel (Joppa, Md.) added a pair of goals.

SAPC kept IUP off the board for the first 21 minutes while building a two-goal lead on tallies by Jolly and McDaniel. The Crimson Hawks tied the score on consecutive goals by sophomore Beth Glasshagel (Coram, N.Y.) but Jolly completed her first-half hat trick with two goals in a 21-second span. Senior Alex Slinkard (Pottsville, Pa.) scored a late goal with 90 seconds left to pull IUP within one, 4-3, at halftime.

Sophomore Corinne Miller (Hamburg, N.Y.) deadlocked the score out of the break with a goal at the 25:54 mark but SAPC senior Carrie Jones (Spring Hope, N.C.) scored her first collegiate goal on a free-position just over one minute later to put the Knights ahead, 5-4, for the final time.

After tying the game for the third and final time with 20:40 left, Vogt scored her second straight goal on a rush after IUP won the ensuing draw control. The visitors tacked on two more quick goals to build its lead to three, 8-5, before the Crimson Hawk defense secured the two-goal victory in the final minutes.

In a close game, IUP held a slight 35-31 shot advantage while the Knights claimed a minimal 26-21 ground ball edge. Both squads won 11 draw controls but SAPC committed 11 of its 20 turnovers in the second half. The Crimson Hawks had 18 mistakes but only six of their turnovers came in the final 30 minutes.

St. Andrews received goals from junior Allie Faulhaber (Apex, N.C.) and sophomore Anna Egeln (Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla.) while junior Brett Vyverberg (Pittsford, N.Y.) and sophomore Shana Schroeder (Newark, N.Y.) were both credited with one assist. Junior goalie Morgan Achilles (Geneva, N.Y.) was charged with the loss protecting the Knights cage, making 12 saves and allowing 11 goals.

A quartet of Hawks found the back of the net twice including Miller, Vogt, Slinkard, and sophomore Stephanie Bianco (King of Prussia, Pa.). Glasshagel led IUP with a hat trick. Bianco, junior Lauren Montague (Lancaster, Pa.) and freshman Mary Minnock (Mars, Pa.) all handed out one helper.

St. Andrews will have less than 24 hours to prepare for its next game when the Lady Knights host No. 6 nationally ranked West Chester University on Wednesday at 2:00 p.m.

2010-03-09



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