Mercyhurst Rallies Past Millersville

ERIE, Pa.- Mercyhurst rallied to beat Millersville, 20-13, Saturday afternoon. Becca Himes scored seven goals to lead the Lakers to the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) victory at brisk Tullio Field.

After falling behind, 7-1, with 19:24 left in the first half, Mercyhurst flipped the game around, going on a 16-4 run that included a stretch of eight straight Laker goals.

Mackenzie Jordan got the ball rolling for Mercyhurst, finishing an Anna LeGrett pass to cut the deficit to 7-2. A few minutes later, Himes scored. She followed with another goal 16 seconds later to make it 7-4 with 15:13 left in the period. Millersville answered with a goal, but LeGrett found Jordan for another goal at the 7:15 mark. The visitors converted a free position shot, but Hannah Corton finished one of her own late in the half. After another Marauder goal, Taylor Ventre hit Jordan for a goal with 17 seconds remaining, cutting the margin to 10-7.

In the second half, Mercyhurst completely took over the contest. Ventre scored with 27:51 left and then Jenna Schlagenhauf tallied a free position goal. Less than two minutes later, Schlagenhauf assisted on a Himes goal, making it 10-all with 24:55 to play.

Corton followed with an assist to Schlagenhauf and then LeGrett hit Himes for another goal. Jordan then came up with a pair of goals 25 seconds apart, giving the Lakers a 14-10 advantage at the 14:51 mark.

Millersville finally slowed the run with a goal with 10:44 left, but Regan Kaestner found Himes for a goal and then Himes assisted on a Corton score at the 7:00 mark. Kaestner scored before a Marauder goal and Corton hit Himes for her seventh goal of the day. Corton and Carly Zimmerman closed the Lakers' scoring in the final three minutes of play.

Himes finished with seven goals, one assist, five ground balls, and three caused turnovers. Jordan scored five times, while Corton posted three goals and three assists. Schlagenhauf registered two goals and three helpers and LeGrett dished out three assists. Kaestner and Ventre each had a goal and an assist. Rebecca Muscella made three saves in net. The Lakers held a 38-21 advantage in shots and took 27 of 26 draw controls.

Mercyhurst moved to 5-1 overall and 1-0 in the PSAC. Millersville dropped to 3-2 overall and 0-1 in the league. The Lakers hit the road for a pair of PSAC matches next weekend, playing at East Stroudsburg and West Chester.

2014-03-22



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