No. 15 Mercyhurst Stymies Shippensburg

ERIE, Pa.- #15 Mercyhurst won, 11-7, over Shippensburg Friday afternoon. Four different Lakers scored two goals in the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) match at blustery Tullio Field.

Anna LeGrett got things started with a goal at the 28:09 mark. Ship responded with two quick goals to take the lead. The Lakers then scored three goals in 57 seconds to take control and they would never trail again. Olivia Keirn finished a Rebecca Himes pass for a goal with 21:04 left in the half. Then LeGrett found Kayla Minner for a goal. Thirty-four seconds later, Himes hit Regan Kaestner for a score and a 4-2 advantage with 20:07 remaining.

After a pair of Raider goals evened the score, Himes converted a free position try with 11:25 to go. Alisha Catalino followed with an assist to Kaestner a few minutes later. With 3:30 showing on the clock, LeGrett found the back of the net for a 7-4 Laker lead. Ship scored with just over a minutes to play, but Catalino assisted on a Kyla Keefe goal with 18 seconds remaining, sending the Lakers into the half with an 8-5 margin.

Scoring slowed in the second half, as Ship struck first with 22:44 left. Catalino answered with a goal at the 18:34 mark and then she found Himes for another score four minutes later, stretching the lead to four. Ship scored again, but LeGrett found Catalino for a final goal in the last minute, sealing the victory.

Catalino finished with two goals and three assists. LeGrett and Himes each had two goals and two helpers. Kaestner scored twice, while Rebecca Muscella made eight saves in goal. Lindsey Kennedy led the Raiders with a goal and two assists.

Mercyhurst outshot Ship, 27-24, while the teams split 20 draw controls.

The Lakers improved to 11-3 overall and 6-2 in the PSAC. The Raiders are now 4-10 overall and 2-6 in the conference. Mercyhurst hosts Millersville tomorrow in another PSAC contest. The match is slated for an 11:00 a.m. start at Tullio Field.


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