Lakers Advance to PSAC Semis with Win vs. Bloomsburg

BLOOMSBURG, Pa. - Junior Ally Keirn recorded five of her game-high seven points in the second half to lead No. 12 Mercyhurst past No. 14 Bloomsburg, 13-10, in the first round of the PSAC tournament Tuesday afternoon at Sports Stadium. The Lakers will now advance to play top-seeded West Chester on Friday, Apr. 29 at 1:00 p.m. in West Chester, Pa.

Keirn scored two goals and assisted on three others as she rallied the Lakers (13-5) from a one-goal deficit at the break to earn their first postseason win in program history. She finished the afternoon with four goals and three assists, marking the most points scored by a Laker in a playoff game.

Mercyhurst trailed 6-5 at the break after Bloomsburg outscored the Lakers 4-2 midway through the frame. Keirn, junior Kelly Palmer and sophomore Alisha Catalino got the Lakers' first scores of the afternoon and countered a pair of goals by Samantha King before the home team produced a three-goal run over a span of four minutes later in the half.

Sophomore Kayla Minner broke up the streak when she connected on a free-position shot at 3:27, making it a 5-4 game until Sarah Bennett restored the two-goal cushion 50 seconds later at 2:37. Keirn gave the Laker some momentum going into halftime with her second goal of the game off of a pass from senior Ashley Dulaney at 2:07.

The Lakers would build off that late goal in the second half as they outscored the Huskies 4-1 over the first 15 minutes to take a 9-7 lead. Following back-to-back Bloom goals less than two minutes apart, Mercyhurst used another 4-1 run to eventually put the game out of reach.

Offensively, Keirn led all players with seven points. Senior Kimberly Masterton and Minner both finished with four points apiece, with Masterton dishing out a game-high four assists and Minner scoring three goals and adding one helper. Palmer and junior Laura Trenti scored two goals apiece, and freshman Samantha Cock and Catalino added one goal each.

Mercyhurst finished the game with a 27-22 advantage in shot and held a 21-16 edge in ground balls. Bloomsburg won the draw control battle, 17-7.

Junior Jenny Perkins earned the win for the Lakers with six saves and 10 goals allowed.


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