Gannon Unable to Sink the Ship on Senior Night

ERIE, Pa. Shippensburg won 16 of 23 draw controls and never allowed Gannon to score more than two consecutive goals while ruining the Lady Knights' Senior Night by a 13-8 score Saturday evening at Gannon University Field.

Shippensburg entered Saturday's match 1-7-1 all-time against Gannon with the only victory coming during the 1997 season. But that was quickly thrown out the window as the two programs battled through an evenly-matched first half.

Gannon held a 4-3 lead after Jess Fugate (Wooster, Ohio/Wooster) scored an unassisted goal with 19:05 left in the first half. Shippensburg was able to respond with one of its two three-goal runs. The Raiders ripped off three straight to assume a 6-4 advantage at the 10:03 mark. Stevie Lombardoni's (Mexico, N.Y./Mexico) tally off a Caitlyn Fisher (Cypress, Texas/Cy-Fair) assist with 3:04 remaining in the half cut the Shippensburg lead to 6-5 at the break.

The visitors controlled the entire second half, turning Gannon away every time the Lady Knights attempted to turn the tide. Shippensburg opened the final 30 minutes with four of the first five goals to increase its lead to 10-6 midway through the second half.

Gannon scored twice during the next four minutes, hoping to start a rally. But the Ship answered both with the next goal. The Raiders capped the night by holding the Lady Knights scoreless for the final nine minutes and 16 seconds, before rushing to field to celebrate a 13-8 victory as the final horn sounded.

Fugate and Lombardoni recorded a team-high two scores each. Four other Lady Knights produced single goals. Fisher was the lone Lady Knight with multiple assists, dishing out two. Margaret Maslyn (Penn Yan, N.Y./Penn Yan Academy) made eight saves between the pipes, including five during the first half.

Gannon dropped to 9-6 overall and 5-4 in the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) while seeing its two-match win streak snapped. Shippensburg improved to 5-10 overall and 3-6 in conference action, snapping a three-match losing streak in the process.

The Lady Knights had hoped to clinch their fourth consecutive PSAC Tournament appearance with a victory, but will have to wait until possibly their next match scheduled for Wednesday, April 24 against rival Mercyhurst. The regular-season home finale is slated for 4:00 p.m.


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