Warriors Fall in Commonwealth Tilt to Alvernia

WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. Junior Brooke Strausser (Myersville, Pa./Conrad Weiser) posted a hat trick to finish her junior campaign eighth in school history in goals in a season, as Lycoming fell in the season finale, 18-6, to Alvernia in Commonwealth Conference action at the Shangraw Athletic Complex on Saturday, April 28.

Strausser wrapped up her junior year with 52 goals, passing Megan McIntyre's total of 50 set in 2007, with her second scoring strike.

The teams' spent the opening minutes feeling each other out before a quick flurry of goals, as Alison Bainbridge got the Crusaders (9-7 overall, 3-3 Commonwealth) on the board in the eighth minute and the Warriors (4-13 overall, 1-5 Commonwealth) answered as Strausser scored her 50th goal of the season on a free-position shot less than a minute later.

However, the Crusaders scored the next seven goals to take an 8-1 lead before sophomore Maureen Heagy (Drexel Hill, Pa./Upper Darby) closed the scoring the first half with an unassisted tally.

In the second half, the Crusaders went on a 9-1 run to open the half before the Warriors scored three goals in the final 10 minutes, with two coming from Strausser and one from freshman Casey Maguire (Egg Harbor Township, N.J./Egg Harbor Township).

Strausser finished with three goals and three groundballs and Heagy added two goals and an assist for the Warriors. Heagy also led the squad with six groundballs and sophomore Amber Graybill (Pasadena, Md./Northeast) oisted five groundballs. Junior Hope Pappas (Upper Darby, Pa./Upper Darby) posted four draw controls and one caused turnover.

Alyssa Verrillo and Sarah George each posted five goals and Bainbridge and Megan Corrigan each notched two assists for the Crusaders. Verrillo and George each picked up six groundballs and forced three turnovers and Verrillo added five draw controls.

Senior Kristina Maurer (Jim Thorpe, Pa./Marian Catholic) played well in net for the Warriors, making 13 stops, including 12 in the first half. Jen Czarnecki posted 11 saves to earn the win for the Crusaders.

Before the game, the Warriors honored the team's four seniors: Maurer, Grace Gargiulo (Branchburg, N.J./Immaculata), Valerie Caswell (Silver Spring, Md./The Calverton School) and Elizabeth Treptow (Ewing, N.J./Ewing).


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