Gannon Drops PSAC Contest at Bloomsburg

BLOOMSBURG, Pa. The late second-half rally came up a bit short as Gannon dropped a 14-8 Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) decision Tuesday afternoon at Bloomsburg.

Bloomsburg held a 5-3 advantage after a defensive first half. Becky Hilker (Bowmanville, Ontario/Clarington Central SS), Christie Valentine (Friendship, Md./Annapolis Area Christian) and Jess Fugate (Wooster, Ohio/Wooster) tallied goals during the opening 30 minutes.

The first 12 minutes and the final six minutes of the second half eventually proved to be the difference. Bloomsburg erupted for four consecutive goals after halftime to assume a 9-3 lead with 18:48 remaining.

Gannon bounced off the deck to score five of the next seven goals to climb within 11-8. Four different Lady Knights scored during the run, led by a pair of goals from Natalie Bonnepart (San Jose, Calif./Gunderson). Her second tally off an assist from Valentine with 6:26 to play cut the deficit to three goals.

However, Bloomsburg stopped the momentum at that point. The Huskies held Gannon scoreless for the remainder of the match while scoring three goals during the final 5:07 to ice a 14-8 victory.

Fugate, Valentine and Bonnepart recorded two goals and one assist each. Hilker and Stevie Lombardoni (Mexico, N.Y./Mexico) added the other two scores. Margaret Maslyn (Penn Yan, N.Y./Penn Yan Academy) reached double digits in saves for the fourth time this season with 10. It represented her first double-digit outing since turning away 10 shots March 27 against Edinboro.

Gannon dropped to 7-4 overall and 4-2 in the PSAC with Tuesday's setback. Bloomsburg improved to 4-7 overall and 2-4 in conference play. The Lady Knights return to action Saturday, April 13 against eighth-ranked Lock Haven at Gannon University Field. Game time is scheduled for 5:30 p.m.


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