No. 14 Mercyhurst Offense on Fire vs. Kutztown

KUTZTOWN, Pa. Kutztown fell to No. 14 Mercyhurst, 18-4, in a Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) match-up Friday afternoon at Keystone Field.

The Golden Bears (2-6, 1-3 PSAC) divided four goals between Kelsey Hogan (Mt. Laurel, NJ/Lenape), Krystine Beodeker (Dingmans Ferry, PA/Delaware Valley), Cara Lord (Media, PA/Penn Crest), and Brittany Heimbach (Reading, PA/Exeter), while Katie Feairheller (Ocean City, NJ/Ocean City) and Morgan Harris (West Deptford, NJ/West Deptford) accounted for one assist each.

The Lakers opened the game with three unanswered goals before KU made an impact in Harris causing a turnover leading to Lord scoring the first goal for KU six minutes into the first half.

MU struck again, but the Golden Bears retaliated when Boedecker connected on an assist by Feairheller to score the second goal for KU with 18:03 remaining in the first half to take the score to 4-2.

The Lakers then held the offensive advantage with seven unanswered goals, but KU recuperated with Hogan scoring the third goal for the Maroon and Gold on a free position shot to send the teams to halftime with the Lakers in the lead 11-3.

Throughout the second half of play, Mercyhurst controlled the field with seven unanswered goals until Heimbach scored the fourth and final goal for KU on an assist from Harris with 7:26 left in the second half. The Golden Bears then held the Lakers off the clock for the final 7:26.

Gina Carmina (Flanders, NJ/Mt. Olive) led KU in the open field with three ground balls and two caused turnovers.

Three players netted a hat-trick for the Lakers (Rebecca Himes, Kayla Minner, and Anna LeGrett). Rebecca Muscella picked up the win in goal with four saves.

Kutztown returns to action on Saturday, April 6 when it hosts Gannon University in a PSAC game at Keystone Field beginning at 3:00 p.m.

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KUTZTOWN, Pa.- No. 14 Mercyhurst won, 18-4, at Kutztown Friday afternoon. The Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) win is the eight straight victory overall for the Lakers.

Mercyhurst started quickly and did not look back. It went ahead, 3-0, after 3:53 of action. Anna LeGrett, Kayla Minner and Alisha Catalino each scored to give the visitors the early lead. After a Kutztown goal, Hannah Corton scored. With 18:03 remaining, KU scored again.

The Lakers answered with seven straight goals, effectively wrapping up the game. LeGrett and Minner scored a minute apart, and then Rebecca Himes found the back of the net for a 7-2 advantage. LeGrett assisted on a Catalino goal and then Minner, Himes, and LeGrett each scored to make it 11-2 with 7:12 left in the half. The Golden Bears scored late in the frame, but the Lakers went into the half with an eight-goal margin.

In the second period, Mercyhurst recorded another 7-0 spurt to maintain control. Regan Kaestner scored 52 seconds in and Erin Byrnes followed with a goal 13 seconds later. Byrnes then found Olivia Keirn for a goal and a 14-3 lead. Kaestner scored again and Kyla Keefe posted two goals of her own. With 9:22 left, Himes closed the Lakers' scoring with her third goal.

Six different players scored at least two goals for Mercyhurst. Minner led with three goals and two assists, while LeGrett and Himes each had a hat trick and a helper. Catalino added two goals and an assist and Keefe and Kaestner both scored twice. Rebecca Muscella made four saves in goal.

The Lakers outshot KU, 32-16, and won 16-24 draw controls in the match.

The Lakers improved to 9-1 overall and 4-0 in the conference. Their eight-game winning streak is the longest for the program since 2009, when Mercyhurst reeled off nine consecutive wins.

Mercyhurst next plays at #2 West Chester on Saturday, April 6. The PSAC match is set for a 3:00 p.m. start.

2013-04-05



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