Gannon Scores First Eight, Rolls by Edinboro

ERIE, Pa. Gannon erupted for the first eight goals of the match and never looked back in a 17-8 victory against Edinboro Wednesday night during the PSAC opener for both squads at Gannon University Field.

Gannon had the match well in hand halfway through the first half. Four straight unassisted goals to open the match gave the Lady Knights a 4-0 lead. Kimberly Neagle (Auburn, N.Y./Auburn) later scored back-to-back goals 33 seconds part to give the home squad an 8-0 advantage with 15:34 left in the first half. Six different Lady Knights scored during the opening blitz, led by two goals from both Neagle and Jess Fugate (Wooster, Ohio/Wooster).

Edinboro stopped the run with Katie Magee's unassisted tally at the 15:23 mark. However, Gannon never lost momentum and finished with five of the half's final seven scores. A great opening 30 minutes resulted in 13-3 Gannon lead at the break. The Lady Knights held a 24-11 edge in shots during the first half.

The second half was played on more even terms. Neither team could muster more than two goals in a row. The final 26 minutes saw the two rivals exchange single goals, before the Lady Knights captured a 17-8 victory.

Neagle led the offensive unit with a season-high five goals. Fugate and Natalie Bonnepart (San Jose, Calif./Gunderson) tallied four scores and one assist. Caitlyn Fisher (Cypress, Texas/Cy-Fair) produced two goals and a team-high three assists.

Gannon out-shot Edinboro 32-22 for the entire match. Margaret Maslyn (Penn Yan, N.Y./Penn Yan Academy) recorded 10 saves between the pipes, including seven during the opening period. Chrissy Yoest (Erie, Pa./McDowell) made one save during eight minutes and one second of relief.

Assistant coach Taryn Millerd earned her first career coaching victory after assuming the reigns when head coach Lindsay Lowman returned home for family reasons. Gannon improved to 4-2 overall and 1-0 in the PSAC with its third consecutive victory. The Lady Knights are now 6-0 all-time against the Fighting Scots.

Edinboro dropped to 4-2 overall and 0-1 in conference action while seeing its four-match win streak come to an end. Gannon returns to action Saturday, March 30 against East Stroudsburg at Gannon University Field. The match is scheduled for 11:00 a.m.

2013-03-27



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