Bears' 2nd Half Comeback Against IUP Falls Short

KUTZTOWN, Pa. Kutztown got a career-high six goals from Rosa Buffolino (Monroe Township, N.J./Monroe Township), but a slow start by the Golden Bears proved too much to overcome in a 17-11 loss to Indiana (Pa.).

The Crimson Hawks took control of the game early and led 8-1 at halftime. Beth Glasshagel scored the game's first three goals before KU got its only tally of the period from Leeann Pica (Levittown, Pa./Neshaminy) midway through the half.

The Golden Bears came out on fire in the second half, however. Buffolino scored five of her six goals as Kutztown opened the period with a 6-2 run that chipped away at the IUP lead. She scored three straight goals to close the run as KU pulled to within 10-7 with 11:44 remaining in the game.

Alexa Lodovici stopped the run a minute and a half later and scored three times for the Crimson Hawks in a 5-1 run over the next eight minutes that put the game out of reach.

Jillian Spencer (Sewell, N.J./Washington Township) had two goals for KU, while Lauren Schlitt () had a goal and an assist. Gina Carmina (Flanders, N.J./Mt. Olive) scored Kutztown's other goal and Megan Schwar (Alpha, N.J./Phillipsburg) and Victoria Rost (West Deptford, N.J./West Deptford) each assisted on KU goals.

Pica continued to fill up the stat sheet as scored once, assisted on another goal, led the team with six ground balls and caused two turnovers.

The Golden Bears' defense forced 16 of IUP's 27 turnovers. Randy Vite (Highland Mills, N.Y./Monroe-Woodbury) led the team with four caused turnovers, while Schlitt and Marisa Kalodner (Havertown, Pa./Haverford) had three apiece. Vite and Schwar both had five ground balls, while Schlitt, Kalodner and Alexis Williams (Woolwich Township, N.J./Kingsway) each had four.

Williams played all 60 minutes in goal and made a dozen saves. Lodovici had five goals and two assists for IUP. Stephanie Bianco had eight draw controls and Brianna Gallagher forced three turnovers.

Katherine Davis played the first 45 minutes and stopped five shots in the Crimson Hawk goal. Chelsey Hipp made three saves in the final 15 minutes.

The Golden Bears will host No. 10 Lock Haven on Saturday, April 21 at 3:30 p.m.


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