Lombardoni's Game-Winner Takes Gannon by Shippensburg

ERIE, Pa. - It's starting to become an regular habit. Stevie Lombardoni (Mexico, N.Y./Mexico) scored the game-winning goal for the fourth time this season with 2:09 remaining to give Gannon a 12-11 victory against Shippensburg Sunday afternoon at Gannon University Field.

With the match tied at 11, Shippensburg was unable to convert three chances to take the lead. Margaret Maslyn (Penn Yan, N.Y./Penn Yan Academy) made the initial stop with a save on Kayla Dalzell with 4:41 remaining. The Raiders then had a shot blocked at the 3:51 mark and hit a post with 3:43 left.

Jessica Kallenborn (Elmira, N.Y./Horseheads) picked up the ground ball after the third Shippensburg shot and headed back the other way. Gannon sent a shot wide with 2:43 to play, but retained possession behind the net. Lombardoni finished a pass from Kimberly Neagle (Auburn, N.Y./Auburn) 34 seconds later to give the Lady Knights a 12-11 lead. Gannon won the ensuing draw and ran out the final 129 seconds of play.

The game-winner was Lombardoni's fourth of the season, including three that came late during one-goal victories. The senior midfielder netted the game-winner with 1:23 left during a 12-11 win at Notre Dame on March 19. Three days later, she scored the decisive goal with 19 seconds remaining during an 8-7 victory against Seton Hill.

Gannon opened the contest with three consecutive goals. Lombardoni sandwiched a Tessa Mitchell (Rush, N.Y./Rush Henrietta) goal with two of her own. Shippensburg ended an opening scoring drought of 11:28 when it tallied consecutive goals to pull within 3-2. The Lady Knights then responded with another mini 3-0 run. Neagle produced the first two scores, before Ashley Mozingo (Fallston, Md./Fallston) pushed the lead to 6-2 with 4:49 left in the first half.

Head coach Lindsey Lowman's club eventually went to halftime with an 8-5 advantage and extended its lead to four on Christie Valentine's (Friendship, Md. Annapolis Area Christian) goal 17 seconds into the second half.

That's when Shippensburg turned the tide. The Raiders got off the deck with four straight goals to knot the contest at nine with 15:57 remaining. The final 16 minutes proved to be great theatre as the two teams went back-and-forth.

Neagle's third goal of the afternoon put Gannon back in front 10-9, only to see Shippensburg respond with the tying score 1:34 later. The Lady Knights fought back ahead when Valentine completed her hat trick with 9:15 to play. However, the Raiders answered yet again with the tying goal 53 seconds later. Neither team was able to solve the opposing defense for the next 6:13 until Lombardoni's game-winner.

Shippensburg held slight advantages in shots (28-25), ground balls (28-25) and draw controls (15-10). Gannon produced an 11-7 edge in saves while both teams had 16 turnovers.

Valentine, Neagle and Lombardoni all recorded hat tricks. Valentine also dished out two assists while Neagle recorded one helper. Lombardoni led Gannon with six ground balls.

Two goals from Mozingo and one by Mitchell completed the scoring. Kelsey Bright (San Diego, Calif./Rancho Bernardo) had a team-best three assists. Maslyn finished with 11 saves, reaching double digits for the fifth time this season. The senior goalkeeper turned away seven shots during the first half.

Gannon improved to 6-5 overall and 3-3 in the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) with its second victory during the last three matches. Shippensburg saw its two-match win streak snapped, dropping to 6-5 overall and 3-3 in conference action. The Lady Knights return to action Wednesday, April 9 against 13th-ranked West Chester at Gannon University Field. Game time is scheduled for 3:00 p.m.


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