Mercyhurst Knocks off No. 10 West Chester in Overtime

WEST CHESTER, Pa.- Mercyhurst won, 11-10 in overtime, at #10 West Chester Saturday afternoon. Regan Kaestner scored with 19 seconds left in OT, lifting the Lakers to the PSAC victory.

With the match even at 9 through 60 minutes, the teams went to overtime. Jenna Schlagenhauf scored with 3:42 left, as Mackenzie Jordan assisted. West Chester came back with a tying goal 34 seconds later. The Rams were given a yellow card in the final minute, giving the Lakers a man-up opportunity. With 19 seconds to play, Jordan found Kaestner for the go-ahead goal. West Chester had a shot as time expired, but Rebecca Muscella came up with a save to preserve the win.

The win is Mercyhurst's first over West Chester since an 11-9 victory in 2009. The Lakers' last overtime win was also in 2009, when Mercyhurst took down Bloomsburg, 15-14.

West Chester scored the first three goals of the contest, but the Lakers quickly responded. Hannah Corton scored with 22:12 left in the half to get Mercyhurst on the board. Anna LeGrett and Kristina Roberti both converted free position shots to even the score with 11:32 left in the period. The teams entered halftime tied.

The Rams scored first in the second half, but Jordan finished a free position attempt at the 24:50 mark, tying the match again. Hannah Cowan followed with two straight West Chester scores, but Schlagenhauf cut the deficit and then Becca Himes assisted on a Corton goal with 16:04 left, making it 6-all.

LeGrett continued the Lakers' momentum with her second goal of the day and then Corton scored on a free position shot, giving Mercyhurst an 8-6 advantage with 12:14 to go. After a Ram goal, Himes found the back of the net with 8:01 remaining. The hosts answered with two goals in less than a minute, eventually forcing overtime.

Corton tallied a hat trick. LeGrett posted two goals and an assist, while Jordan had a goal and a pair of helpers. Schlagenhauf scored twice and Himes had a goal and an assist. Muscella registered 12 saves in goal.

Mercyhurst is now 7-1 overall and 3-0 in the PSAC. It hosts Seton Hill in another PSAC match on Tuesday, April 1, at 4:30 p.m.


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