Gannon Drops Rainy, Windy Verdict to No. 8 Lock Haven

ERIE, Pa. No. 8 Lock Haven broke open a close match by holding Gannon scoreless for 31 minutes and 24 seconds en route an 11-5 victory Saturday afternoon at Gannon University Field. The contest was played in heavy winds and rain throughout the second half.

The first half was a hard-fought 30 minutes with neither team being able to pull away. Gannon came out strong, holding Lock Haven without a goal for the first 14 minutes and four seconds. However, the Lady Knights could only muster two goals of their own during that time span.

Kimberly Neagle (Auburn, N.Y./Auburn) opened the scoring off an assist from Jess Fugate (Wooster, Ohio/Wooster) 7:29 into the affair. Fugate pushed the lead to 2-0, scoring off an assist from Caitlyn Fisher (Cypress, Texas/Cy-Fair) with 17:23 left in the half.

Lock Haven finally dented the scoreboard with 15:56 showing on the clock, cutting the deficit to 2-1 on Kelly Hamilton's score. The Bald Eagles rattled off three straight goals to assume a 3-2 lead, before another Neagle score off a free-position shot tied the contest at three with 10:54 left in the first half.

The visitor's lead stood at 5-4 after Neagle's third goal of the half at the 6:26 mark. That's when Lock Haven started to control the match. The Bald Eagles scored twice during the final four minutes and took a 7-4 advantage into halftime.

Lock Haven's run continued after the break in extremely poor weather conditions. The Bald Eagles rattled off four more scores, extending their lead to 11-4 with 7:28 to play.

Christie Valentine's (Friendship, Md./Annapolis Area Christian) 29th goal of the season finally ended Gannon's scoreless drought of 31:24 with 5:02 remaining. The score came off a Fisher assist. It was the Lady Knights' only goal of the second half and first since the 6:26 mark of the first half.

Neither team produced another goal the rest of the way as the weather conditions continued to deteriorate. Lock Haven out-shot Gannon 27-17 overall while converting 5 of 7 free-position shots during the first half.

Neagle scored three of Gannon's five goals, recording her seventh hat trick in 11 matches. Fugate and Valentine chipped in one goal each. Fisher dished out a team-high two assists while Fugate also had an assist. Margaret Maslyn (Penn Yan, N.Y./Penn Yan Academy) recorded nine saves in goal, turning away five shots in the first half and four more during the final 30 minutes.

Gannon dropped to 7-5 overall and 4-3 in the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) with its second consecutive loss. Lock Haven, ranked eighth in the latest Intercollegiate Women's Lacrosse Coaches Association (IWLCA) national rankings, improved to 10-1 overall and 7-0 in conference action. The Bald Eagles have won 11 consecutive matches in the all-time series.

Head coach Lindsey Lowman's club returns to action Tuesday, April 16 at Lake Erie. The contest is a make-up from the March 20 match that was snowed out. Game time is scheduled for 1:00 p.m.


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