Eastern Tops Gwynedd-Mercy in Regular Season Finale

LOWER GWYNEDD, Pa.- Eastern entered this evening's non-league match-up needing some days to recover. The Eagles battled to a tough 10-5 road win at Gwynedd-Mercy College and will now have nearly a week to prepare for a Freedom Conference playoff game.

Eastern scored the first four goals of the contest and led 6-2 at half. It was the second straight outing for the Eagles where they were able to limit their opponents' chances in the opening half. Though the host Griffins had 13 total shots in the first half, the Eastern defense was able to pressure those shots to the point that starting goalie Lindsay Corbitt had to make only three saves in the opening frame to earn the win.

Kendall Rood and Jocelyn Paul each scored twice in the opening period and Eastern controlled seven of the nine first-half draws.

The game opened up a little to start the second half, and the Griffins put a pair of goals past Kristy Getsay in the opening two minutes. As the half progressed, however, Getsay found her rhythm, and the senior stopped six shots in relief.

Allie Fultz converted a free position shot to put the Eagles up 7-4, but the Griffins responded 90 seconds later to pull to within two goals at 7-5. Eastern worked to keep possession and attacked selectively as the period progressed, and the strategy worked as Paul Reinhold and Rood each scored goals in the final 15 minutes for the final margin.

The Eagles await the result of the King's vs. FDU game this Saturday to know the opponent and location for their Freedom semifinal match on Wednesday. If FDU wins, the Eagles are the two seed and will host King's. If the Monarchs reign in that match, then the Eagles will fall to the three seed and will travel to FDU.


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