Penn State Abington Outguns Wilson for 2nd Victory

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - Nichole Hayes (Warminster, Pa.) broke the program's record for most goals scored in a game, dishing out nine, to lead Penn State Abington to its second straight win with a 18-10 victory at Wilson College on Wednesday. Teammate Tori Kimberly (Doylestown, Pa.) scored a career-high eight goals in the game, while Katelyn Kelly (Springfield, Pa.) was responsible for Abington's other goal in the win.

Playing with just 11 bodies on the field to start the game, the Nittany Lions (2-12, 2-5 NEAC) out-hustled the Phoenix throughout the entire game. Hayes opened the first half scoring three unanswered goals in just seven minutes into the opening half for the 3-0 Abington lead, before Wilson's Jess Menard responded with a hat-trick of her own in just less than four minutes to tie up the game with 18:58 to play.

After nine minutes of action, Hayes finally broke the tie at the 9:38 mark, giving Abington the lead once again, only to be outmatched by Menard once again, scoring two goals for the Phoneix to not only tie but give Wilson its first lead of the game with 5:09 remaining in the first stanza.

Kimberly then managed to find the back of the net off a feed by Hayes, knotting the game at five before a pair of goals by Wilson extended the Phoenix lead to 7-5 at the end of the first half.

Out of the halftime break, the Nittany Lions went into overdrive and blitzed Wilson with seven-straight goals, four from Kimberly and three from Hayes, to push its lead to five, 18-3, with 12:32 remaining.

Despite playing two man down in the second half due to injuries, Kaitlin Gossner (Philadelphia, Pa.) held the defensive squad together as Wilson would draw no closer than eight the rest of the way and the Nittany Lions cruised to a 10-goal victory for its second consecutive win of the season.

Wilson had a slight edge on the draw control battle, 17-11, however Abington outshot the Phoenix 50-28 and scored 4 of 17 free position goals, three of them by Kimberly. Sandy Cao (Philadelphia, Pa.) played all 60 minutes in goal and made nine saves in the win.

The Nittany Lions return home for their next two games on Saturday, April 27 against Medialle College before hosting SUNYIT on Sunday, April 28th. The game marks the final regular season game of the year. Senior Melanie Brown (Philadelphia, Pa.) will be honored before the game on Sunday. Both games are scheduled for a 4:00 p.m. start.


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