Gannon Falls at No. 13 Indiana (Pa.) in Regular-Season Finale

INDIANA, Pa. 13th-ranked Indiana (Pa.) used a 4-0 burst late in the first half to snap a 4-4 tie and posted its first-ever victory against Gannon via an 18-10 score Saturday afternoon during the regular-season finale for both programs.

The two squads will now get three days to prepare for a rematch in the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) Quarterfinals scheduled for Tuesday, April 30. Indiana (Pa.) enters the postseason as the PSAC's third seed while Gannon earned the sixth seed. Game time is scheduled for 4:00 p.m. The winner moves into the PSAC Final Four hosted by regular-season champion Lock Haven May 3-4.

Jess Fugate (Wooster, Ohio/Wooster) and Caitlyn Fisher (Cypress, Texas/Cy-Fair) scored consecutive goals for an early 2-1 Gannon lead 10:06 into Saturday's affair. Christie Valentine (Friendship, Md./Annapolis Area Christian) and Natalie Bonnepart (San Jose, Calif./Gunderson) later went back-to-back to create a 4-4 tie with 10:06 to play in the first half.

IUP turned the tide at that point, ripping off the next four goals to pull ahead 8-4. Gannon managed one more score when Valentine scored off a Fugate assist with five seconds left to put the halftime score at 8-5.

The host squad pulled away after the break. The Crimson Hawks scored five of the first six second-half goals to assume a 13-6 advantage 8:55 into the final stanza. The IUP lead grew to 18-9 after a quick 4-0 run late in the match, before Bonnepart's second tally with 25 seconds left drew an end to the scoring.

Fugate, Bonnepart and Valentine had identical lines of two goals and two assists. Fisher also tallied two goals to go along with one assist.

Stevie Lombardoni (Mexico, N.Y./Mexico) recorded one goal and one assist while Sabrina McMaster (Kingwood, Texas/Kingwood) produced her second goal of the season. Margaret Maslyn (Penn Yan, N.Y./Penn Yan Academy) turned away eight scoring attempts.

Gannon concluded the regular season with a 10-7 overall record and a 6-5 PSAC record. Indiana (Pa.), ranked 13th in the latest Intercollegiate Women's Lacrosse Coaches (IWLCA) national rankings and sixth in the latest NCAA Division II South regional rankings, improved to 12-2 overall and 9-2 in conference action.

2013-04-27



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