Himes' Late Score Gives #13 Mercyhurst Win at ESU

EAST STROUDSBURG, Pa.- #13 Mercyhurst won, 14-12, at East Stroudsburg Wednesday. The teams waited out a weather delay for nearly two hours late in the second half of the PSAC match. Rebecca Himes scored with just over a minute to give Coach Cecil Pilson his 100th career win at Mercyhurst.

Rain and lightning combined to send the game to a delay with nine minutes remaining in a 9-9 contest. After over 90 minutes off, Kayla Minner connected on a free position shot to put the Lakers ahead with 8:56 to go. Just over a minute later, ESU tied the game. Alisha Catalino won the ensuing draw control and eventually Olivia Keirn made a free position shot for her fourth goal with 7:02 to play.

Regan Kaestner took the next draw control and Himes continued the Lakers' success on free position shots, putting Mercyhurst up, 12-10, with 6:22 showing on the clock. The Warriors continued to battle, though, scoring twice to even the score with 2:26 left.

Each team had possession after the goal, but neither side could get a shot off. Emily Koestler picked up a ground ball and sent the Lakers on the attack with less than 90 seconds remaining. Himes scored the game-winner with 1:02 to go. Catalino won the draw control and Minner gave the Lakers insurance with a late goal.

The Lakers took an early lead, but the Warriors fought back and made the game into a back-and-forth contest. Himes found Catalino for a goal 22 seconds in. Less than two minutes later, the duo pulled the trick again, sending Mercyhurst to a 2-0 advantage.

After an ESU score, Catalino won the draw control and eventually scored her third goal of the day. Anna LeGrett assisted. At the 22:16 mark, LeGrett converted a free position shot for a 4-1 lead. Twenty-nine seconds later, Catalino hit Keirn for another score and a 5-1 margin.

The Warriors turned things around after that, shutting out the visitors for the rest of the half. ESU evened the score, tying the game with nine seconds remaining in the period.

In the second half, Himes again played facilitator, setting up two goals to get Mercyhurst back on track. With 25:33 left, she found Minner for a goal. Himes then assisted on a Keirn goal for a 7-5 edge 25 seconds later. ESU scored just over a minute later. A few minutes after that, the Warriors scored and then with 15:18 left, they took an 8-7 lead.

Hannah Corton won the ensuing draw control, allowing LeGrett to find Keirn for her third goal of the game. Himes collected her fifth assist of the day at the 12:32 mark, setting up Minner's second score for a 9-8 edge. Lauren Nunes evened the score again with 9:44 remaining. The match then went into a weather delay.

Pilson is 100-46 in his ninth year at the helm of the Laker program. Mercyhurst has won double-digit games in each of the last six seasons.

Mercyhurst improved to 10-2 overall and 5-1 in the PSAC. East Stroudsburg dropped to 1-9 overall and 0-6 in the league. The Lakers will play at home in their next three contests, starting with a PSAC match against #14 Indiana (Pa.). The match is set for a 3:00 p.m. start at Tullio Field.


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