No. 15 Lakers Set Team Record for Goal in Rout of Oilers

ERIE, Pa.- No. 14 Mercyhurst won, 26-5, against Findlay (Ohio) Tuesday afternoon. The Lakers set a school record for goals in a game on a cold, snow-covered Tullio Field.

Mercyhurst got its offense in rhythm early and continued its attack throughout the day. Kayla Minner scored twice in the first 1:38 to put the hosts up 2-0. Anna LeGrett scored 38 seconds later and then Rebecca Himes assisted on a Hannah Corton goal in the same minute. Minner passed to Himes for a 5-0 lead at the 25:59 mark. Findlay scored 22 seconds later, but LeGrett answered with back-to-back goals for a 7-1 advantage.

Alisha Catalino finished a Minner pass and then Catalino assisted on a Minner goal 19 seconds after, making it 9-1 with 18:06 left in the first half. Minner recorded assists on goals by Himes and Shannen Drennon. Catalino, Erin Byrnes, and Minner each scored to put the home team ahead, 14-1, with 9:01 left.

Byrnes found Taylor Santiago for her first goal of the season a few minutes later. Himes connected with Minner for yet another score before the Oilers got back on the board. Regan Kaestner scored off another Himes helper with 21 seconds to go in the period, giving Mercyhurst a 17-2 lead.

Findlay opened the second half with a goal. Himes followed with a goal and two more assists to make it 20-3 with 19:59 left. Olivia Keirn scored her first career goal with 18:35 showing on the clock. After Drennon's second score, Brittany Tucker and Amanda Slavin each posted their first goal of the year as the Lakers took a 24-3 margin. The Oilers scored again, but Keirn came back with two straight goals, tying and breaking the school record for goals in a single game.

Himes finished with three goals and seven assists. Minner had five goals and four assists, while Catalino had two goals and three helpers. LeGrett and Keirn each scored three goals. Byrnes had a goal and two assists. Corton scored twice and collected 10 draw controls. Rebecca Muscella made five saves in net, picking up her fourth win of the season. Kyra Maludy played the second half, tallying five stops of her own.

The Lakers outshot Findlay, 39-22, and won 22-33 draw controls. The previous record for most goals came April 24, 2012, at Lake Erie College. Mercyhurst scored 25 goals in that contest.

Mercyhurst returns to Tullio Field on Friday, March 22, for another non-conference game. The Tiffin Dragons come to town for a 4:00 p.m. match.

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University of Findlay fell by a score of 26-5 to #15 Mercyhurst College on Tuesday, March 19 in Erie, Pa. The loss gives the Oilers a 1-6 record on the season.

The Lakers jumped out to a 17-2 lead at the break and never looked back as they out-shot the Oilers by a 39-22 margin.

Victoria Predmore led the team with three goals while Sarah Lankton scored the other two.

The Oilers will have their first home match on Saturday when they host West Virginia Wesleyan at 1:00 p.m. The match will take place at the Armstrong Sports Complex in Findlay.


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