#10 Lock Haven Surges to Down Gannon in Thriller

LOCK HAVEN, Pa. Elyse Fisher (Jackson, N.J./Jackson Memorial) scored five goals, Kayleigh Johnson (Fairport, N.Y./Fairport) tallied eight points and the Lady Eagles offense surged late as No. 10 Lock Haven (7-4, 5-1 PSAC) earned a thrilling 14-11 win over visiting Gannon (7-5, 5-2 PSAC) in a crucial PSAC match-up.

Fisher led Lock Haven with five goals, which give her a team-high 33 on the season. Johnson netted the hat trick and dished out five assists for the eight-point outing.

Julie Moran (Unionville, Pa./Unionville) added two goals and Chelsea Borrino (Webster, N.Y./Webster Thomas) scored one goal to go along with two assists. Emily Cilla (Kings Park, N.Y./Kings Park), Gwen Buss (Harrisburg, Pa./Mercersburg Academy) and Rachel Ward (Fishers, Ind./Bishop Chatard) all scored for The Haven.

Lock Haven was in command at half, leading 7-3, but Gannon opened the second half on a roll, netting the first three goals of the second period.

With 17:48 to play it was 8-8, but The Haven offense slowly pulled away from the Golden Knights to earn the important PSAC win.

Heather Sacko (Fairport, N.Y./Fairport) made six saves on the way to the victory. Jackie Macone (Jackson, N.J./Jackson Memorial) led Lock Haven on defense. She had two ground balls and two caused turnovers.

The Lady Eagles defense forced nine Gannon turnovers, which was a huge key for LHU.

Lock Haven hits the road on Saturday (April 14) to take on Mecryhurst University at 3:00 p.m.

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LOCK HAVEN, Pa. 10th-ranked Lock Haven snapped an 8-8 tie with a brief 3-0 run midway through the second half and slipped by Gannon 14-11 Wednesday afternoon in a match-up of Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) first-place teams.

Back-to-back goals from Sarah Grzybinski (New Market, Md./Linganore) and Christie Valentine (Friendship, Md./Annapolis Area Christian) knotted the score at eight with 17:48 to play.

However, Lock Haven responded with a goal from Rachel Ward and a pair of scores from Kayleigh Johnson to regain the upper hand. All three came unassisted with Johnson's final goal giving the Bald Eagles an 11-8 advantage with 11:37 remaining.

The two teams played on even terms the rest of the way as neither squad could put together more than two goals in a row during the final 10 minutes. Gannon clawed back within two scores after Jess Fugate's (Wooster, Ohio/Wooster) goal made it 11-9 at the 9:37 mark and Kimberly Neagle's (Mexico, N.Y./Mexico) goal cut the deficit to 12-10 at the 6:04 mark.

Lock Haven answered both times and eventually stretched its lead to 14-10, before Fugate capped the scoring with 28 seconds left on the clock.

The home squad initially seemed to have the match in complete control after racing out to a 6-1 lead. The Bald Eagles tallied the contest's first four goals, before Gannon was able to record its first score 12:02 into the affair.

Gannon slowly regained its footing after falling behind by five goals. Rachel DerCola (Rochester, N.Y./Brighton) and Grzybinski both found the back of the net as the Lady Knights scored two of the half's final three goals, cutting the Lock Haven lead to 7-3 at the intermission.

Head coach Lindsey Lowman's club came out of halftime on fire, rattling off the first three goals. Neagle, Grzybinski and Fugate all scored as the Lady Knights drew within 7-6 at the 22:18 mark. Fisher's fourth score of the afternoon pushed the Lock Haven advantage to 8-6, setting up Gannon's final flurry.

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2012-04-11



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