Gannon Rolls Past East Stroudsburg

ERIE, Pa. Gannon broke open a close match with the final seven goals of the first half and rolled past East Stroudsburg, 19-7, Saturday afternoon at Gannon University Field.

Gannon held a 4-2 lead, before dominating the final 20 minutes of the first half. Jess Fugate (Wooster, Ohio/Wooster) started the blitz with back-to-back free-position goals as part of a monster day. The senior midfielder added two more goals during the final 92 seconds, including her sixth goal of the half with 24 seconds remaining that pushed the Lady Knights into halftime with a commanding 11-2 lead.

Stevie Lombardoni (Mexico, N.Y./Mexico), Katie Hinsdale (Arlington, Va./Yorktown) and Christie Valentine (Friendship, Md./Annapolis Area Christian) also scored during the decisive run. Hinsdale's goal was her first of the season. Gannon dominated the first half, out-shooting the visitors 22-5 and winning 11 of 14 draw controls.

East Stroudsburg tried to rally after the break, scoring the first two goals. But Gannon produced a running clock with the next three scores. Fugate started the run yet again. Kelsey Bright (San Diego, Calif./Rancho Bernardo) followed with her second goal of the season, before the clock ran after Kimberly Neagle's (Auburn, N.Y./Auburn) tally with 22:43 to play.

ESU mustered one last rally to pull within 15-7 at the 13:20 mark, but the Warriors would not score again. Meanwhile, Gannon ripped off the final four goals to account for the final 19-7 score.

Fugate was the talk of the stadium, producing 11 points with eight goals and three assists. Her eight goals represented the second-most in school history, finishing only one behind the school record. Her 11 points equaled the fifth-highest single-match total in school history and was only three shy of the school record. She also finished with seven draw controls, three caused turnovers and three ground balls.

Neagle was next on the scoring chart with four goals and one assist. Lombardoni filled the statistical sheet with three goals, one assist, five draw controls, five ground balls and four caused turnovers.

Valentine, Hinsdale, Bright and Natalie Bonnepart (San Jose, Calif./Gunderson) completed the scoring with one goal each. Caitlyn Fisher (Cypress, Texas/Cy-Fair) dished out a team-best four assists.

Margaret Maslyn (Penn Yan, N.Y./Penn Yan Academy) and Chrissy Yoest (Erie, Pa./McDowell) split the goalkeeper duties for the third consecutive match. Maslyn recorded three saves in 51:54, before Yoest played the final 8:06 without facing a shot on goal. The Lady Knights ended the contest with a 32-13 shot differential and a 19-9 edge in draw controls.

Gannon improved to 5-2 overall and 2-0 in the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) with its fourth consecutive victory. East Stroudsburg dropped to 1-5 overall and 0-2 in conference action. The Lady Knights return to action Tuesday, April 2 at Slippery Rock. Game time is scheduled for 7:00 p.m.


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