Lakers' Season Ends with Loss to Huskies in PSAC Quarterfinals

ERIE, Pa.- Mercyhurst lost, 17-10, to Bloomsburg in a Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) tournament quarterfinal Tuesday afternoon. The Lakers close the 2013 season with a 12-6 record.

Mercyhurst played the Huskies evenly in the first half, playing strong offense to stay in the match. After Bloom scored twice to open the game, the Lakers struck back with three straight goals. Alisha Catalino hit Kayla Minner for a goal at the 25:35 mark and then Erin Byrnes posted two goals in a row, scoring with 21:52 remaining to give the hosts a 3-2 edge.

Maggie Canavan answered with a goal and then Julie Falk scored to make it 4-3 Bloom with 17:48 left in the frame. Hannah Corton connected on a free position try and 44 seconds later and then Catalino found the back of the net with 14:50 to go, regaining the Lakers' lead. Falk and Minner each scored on free position attempts and then Corton scored with 7:45 remaining to give Mercyhurst a 7-5 advantage.

Falk responded with three goals in a row to put Bloom back ahead, but Byrnes finished her stellar half with a third goal at the 55-second mark, sending the match into the half tied at 8.

The Huskies then took over in the second half, scoring the first nine goals to take a commanding lead. Sam Mazzie scored the first four goals of the period and then Falk added two more to reach eight for the day. Minner and Catalino, each playing in their final games, scored in the final minutes for Mercyhurst.

Minner and Byrnes each had hat tricks. Catalino and Corton both recorded two goals and an assist. Kyra Maludy made eight saves in her first career start in net. Falk had eight scores and Mazzie scored four times. Sara Bates posted six saves in goal.

Bloom improved to 10-7 and will advance to the PSAC Tournament Semifinals to play at Lock Haven on Friday, May 3. Mercyhurst fell to 12-6 to end its year. The Lakers won double-digit games for the sixth consecutive season.


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