No. 5 West Chester Rallies to Upend No. 2 Lock Haven

Getttysburg, Pa. -- In the first Division II semifinal, West Chester University (19-1) survived 7 yellow cards and erased a five-goal deficit to beat Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference rival Lock Haven University (16-2) 9-8 in overtime. Jackie Hooer tallied the game-tying goal with 1:27 left in regulation and then connected on the game-winner in the extra session.

Jackie Hoover scored the game-tying goal with 1:27 left in the second half and then potted the game-winner with 1:17 left in the first three-minute overtime session, giving No. 5 West Chester an exhausting 9-8 victory over No. 2 Lock Haven in between brief showers at Clark Field in the first of two NCAA Division II Women's Lacrosse semifinals Saturday night.

The Golden Rams remained unbeaten in national semifinal contests (8-0) and will make their eighth appearance in the national championship game in the last 10 years. The team will face Adelphi University (18-1), which continued its repeat bid by downing C.W. Post (16-2) 14-9 in Saturday's final championships contest, on Sunday at 3:00 p.m.

With 15:49 showing on the second-half clock and trailing by an 8-3 margin, West Chester began an improbable comeback with a pair of goals 43 seconds apart. Claire Grimwood scored unassisted, and Nicole Haines converted a free position attempt to quickly draw the Golden Rams to within three (8-5). West Chester's five-goal run came after a 26-minute scoring drought in which Lock Haven built its 8-3 cushion.

Freshman Lauren Glassey netted her 25th goal of the season with 9:19 remaining, and Gabrielle Stitz made it a one-goal game at the 5:03 mark. Hoover then completed the comeback with her 24th of the season off a turnover by Lock Haven in the Golden Rams' end.

Lock Haven had two final opportunities in the closing moments of regulation. However, West Chester goalkeeper MacKenzie O'Keefe came up with the two biggest saves of her career to preserve the tie. She finished with 11 saves on the day.

2010-05-23



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