Mercyhurst Upends #10 Lock Haven in PSAC Semifinals

LOCK HAVEN, Pa. No. 10 Lock Haven (11-6) led by three goals with less than 10 minutes to play, but a late Laker rally lifted Mercyhurst (13-6) past the Lady Eagles, 10-9 in today's PSAC semifinal.

The Lady Eagles controlled the play early and led 5-2 at half. Lock Haven's strong play continued early in the second and The Haven stretched its lead to 9-6 with 9:02 to play in the match.

The Lakers rallied for four straight goals to close out the game. The win moves Mercyhurst into tomorrow's (Saturday, May 5) PSAC Championships game (4:00 p.m.). The Lakers will take on Bloomsburg in the title game after the Huskies upset No. 6 West Chester in the day's second semifinal.

Offensively, Lock Haven was led by Elyse Fisher (Jackson, N.J./Jackson Memorial) and Kayleigh Johnson (Fairport, N.Y./Fairport), who combined for five goals. Fisher had three and Johnson added two.

Johnson recorded a five-point game, as she also dished out a team-best three assists. Emily Cilla (Kings Park, N.Y./Kings Park) was also tough offensively for LHU. She finished with two goals and four draw controls.

Gwen Buss (Harrisburg, Pa./Mercersburg Academy) and Julie Moran (Unionville, Pa./Unionville) both scored for Lock Haven. Moran turned in a sensational all-round effort as she also had three caused turnovers and two ground balls.

Clare Gaeng (Frederick, Md./Governor Thomas Johnson) and Melinda Wojt (Telford, Pa./Souderton) were both tough on defense for LHU. Gaeng had two caused turnovers and three ground balls, while Wojt had four caused turnovers and two ground balls.

Haven goalie Heather Sacko (Fairport, N.Y./Fairport) made seven saves in the loss. Mercyhurst was led by Rebecca Himes, who scored a game-high four goals. Anna Legrett dished three assists and added one goal in the win.

Mercyhurst will take on Bloomsburg tomorrow in the title game. The Huskies endured a four hour and eight minute weather delay on the way to their huge upset over West Chester.

Tomorrow's title game will mark the first time in since 2005 that LHU and West Chester are not playing for the championship. Lock Haven was in search of its fourth straight crown.

In 2005, it was West Chester beating Bloomsburg for the title. Bloomsburg will be in search of its fourth conference crown overall and first since 2003, while this marks Mercyhurst's first trip to the title game since becoming a member of the PSAC.

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LOCK HAVEN, Pa.- Mercyhurst won, 10-9, at #10 Lock Haven in a Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) semifinal Friday afternoon at Charlotte E. Smith Field. Rebecca Himes scored four goals as the Lakers advanced to their first PSAC championship match.

Down 8-3 with 23:37 left in the second half, Mercyhurst took control and never looked back. Himes scored and then Ally Keirn followed to make it 8-5 with 15:02 remaining. Anna LeGrett got the Lakers within two on a free position shot with under 13 minutes showing on the clock.

Elyse Fisher slowed the run with a Haven goal at the 9:02 mark. LeGrett hit Himes for a score to make it 9-7 and then Himes made it a one-goal deficit with 6:39 left. Kelly Palmer tied the contest with 4:55 to play and then LeGrett found Kayla Minner for the go-ahead goal with 3:34 remaining. Lock Haven went on the attack, but the visitors' defense stood tall and ran out the clock, giving Mercyhurst its biggest win since joining the PSAC in 2008.

In the first half, defense controlled the action, as neither attack generated a consistent offense. The hosts went ahead 2-0 in the first five minutes, but the Lakers responded. With 21:16 left, LeGrett hit Himes for a goal. After a defensive stop, Mercyhurst evened the score, as Minner found the back of the net. Lock Haven quickly answered, regaining its edge 19 seconds later. Gwen Buss followed with a goal a few minutes after and then the Eagles stretched their advantage to 5-2 with 4:58 remaining in the first half.

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