Gannon Falls at No. 12 Indiana (Pa.) in PSAC Quarterfinals

INDIANA, Pa. Gannon fell behind 8-0 before seeing its season come to an end Tuesday afternoon with a 19-10 loss at No. 12 Indiana (Pa.) in the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) Quarterfinals.

Three days after dropping an almost identical 18-10 affair at Indiana (Pa.) in the regular-season finale, Gannon found itself behind the eight ball immediately. IUP exploded out of the gate with the first eight goals of the contest. The Lady Knights didn't get on the board until Kimberly Neagle (Auburn, N.Y./Auburn) scored on a free-position attempt 16:37 into the match.

It was the first of back-to-back goals that included an unassisted score from Natalie Bonnepart (San Jose, Calif./Gunderson) a little over three minutes later, cutting the deficit to 8-2.

Alexa Lodovici answered with three consecutive unassisted goals to push the IUP lead to 11-2 with 6:46 left in the first half. Gannon managed two of the final three goals before the first-half buzzer, including two by Caitlyn Fisher (Cypress, Texas/Cy-Fair) that cut the home team's lead to 13-5 at the intermission.

Indiana (Pa.) netted the first three goals of the second half to produce a running clock until Bonnepart's second tally with 5:25 play cut the deficit back to single digits at 18-9. Christie Valentine's (Friendship, Md./Annapolis Area Christian) unassisted goal with 1:52 to play capped the scoring.

Fisher led the Gannon offensive unit with her fifth hat trick of the season. Bonnepart and Jess Fugate (Wooster, Ohio/Wooster) added two goals each. Neagle finished with one goal and a team-high two assists. Valentine and Heather Vouros (Victor, N.Y./Victor) also chipped in one goal apiece.

Indiana (Pa.) out-shot Gannon 31-19 and won 21 of 31 draw controls. Margaret Maslyn (Penn Yan, N.Y./Penn Yan Academy) recorded six saves in goal, turning away three shots during each half.

Gannon concluded its season with a 10-8 overall record. The Lady Knights have reached double digits in victories during nine consecutive seasons and have played in four consecutive PSAC Tournaments. The program has produced a winning record during all 18 years of its existence.

Indiana (Pa.), ranked 12th in the Intercollegiate Women's Lacrosse Coaches Association (IWLCA) national rankings and sixth in the NCAA Division II South regional rankings, improved to 13-2 overall. The Crimson Hawks will face West Chester in the PSAC semifinals scheduled for Friday, May 3 at regular-season champion Lock Haven.


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