Gannon Offense Erupts for Victory at Lake Erie

PAINESVILLE, Ohio Gannon snapped a brief two-match losing streak in a big way Tuesday afternoon, erupting for a season-high 21 goals en route to a 21-14 non-conference victory at Lake Erie. It represented the program's highest single-match scoring total since the Lady Knights defeated Tiffin 21-2 on April 26, 2012.

Gannon never produced a run larger than four consecutive goals, but gradually built its lead throughout the contest. Deadlocked at three, the Lady Knights assumed a 7-3 lead after their biggest run of the afternoon. Natalie Bonnepart (San Jose, Calif./Gunderson) started the blitz off an assist from Kimberly Neagle (Auburn, N.Y./Auburn) 11:46 into the affair. Neagle followed with a free-position goal, before Jess Fugate (Wooster, Ohio/Wooster) scored back-to-back goals for a four-goal advantage with 9:52 left in the half.

Outside of a mini three-goal rally by Gannon midway through the second half, neither team was able to string together more than two scores in a row the remainder of the match. In fact, Lake Erie managed consecutive goals only twice during the entire contest.

Gannon grabbed its biggest lead of the afternoon at 19-11 with 7:31 to play after Becky Hilker (Bowmanville, Ontario/Clarington Central SS) connected on back-to-back goals off assists from Fugate and Kelsey Bright (San Diego, Calif./Rancho Bernardo). The goals capped a mini 3-0 run that started with a Fugate tally off a pass from Steve Lombardoni (Mexico, N.Y./Mexico). Caitlyn Fisher's (Cypress, Texas/Cy-Fair) third goal of the match with 1:16 remaining ended the scoring before the horn sounded for a 21-14 Gannon victory.

Fugate's nine points on four goals and five assists led both teams. The senior midfielder produced her best scoring output since ripping off 11 points against East Stroudsburg on March 30.

Lombardoni and Neagle finished with six points each. Lombardoni tied a career-high with five goals and set a new career-high with six points. Neagle added four scores and two helpers. Fisher completed the foursome of hat tricks with three goals and one assist.

Hilker and Christie Valentine (Friendship, Md./Annapolis Area Christian) chipped in two goals apiece. Bonnepart also produced a score. Margaret Maslyn (Penn Yan, N.Y./Penn Yan Academy) recorded eight saves in 50 minutes and three seconds, before Chrissy Yoest (Erie, Pa./McDowell) turned away two shots of her own during the final nine minutes and 57 seconds.

Gannon improved to 8-5 overall while remaining perfect in three all-time matches against Lake Erie. The Storm dropped to 8-4 with its first home loss of the season. The Lady Knights return to action Friday, April 19 against Millersville at Gannon University Field. Game time is scheduled for 4:00 p.m.


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