Second-Half Explosion Pushes Gannon Past Millersville

MILLERSVILLE, Pa. - Gannon erased a halftime deficit with 10 second-half goals and posted a 13-10 victory Tuesday afternoon at Millersville.

It was a tale of two halves for the Gannon offensive unit. After only scoring three first-half goals, the Lady Knights exploded for 10 scores during the final 30 minutes. Stevie Lombardoni (Mexico, N.Y./Mexico) found the back of the net 3:43 into the contest, but Millersville then held Gannon scoreless for the next 15 minutes and 34 seconds.

In the process, the Marauders ripped off five straight goals to assume a 5-1 lead. Christie Valentine (Friendship, Md./Annapolis Area Christian) finally stemmed the tide with an unassisted goal at the 10:43 mark. The final 10 minutes of the opening half turned into a defensive battle, before Kimberly Neagle's (Auburn, N.Y./Auburn) unassisted tally brought the Lady Knights within 5-3 at the intermission.

The Millersville advantage sat at 7-4 when Gannon finally made its move. The Lady Knights scored seven of the next eight goals over the span of 14 minutes and 46 seconds. Lombardoni accounted for three of those seven goals. Tessa Mitchell (Rush, N.Y./Rush Henrietta) drew Gannon even, finishing a pass from Kelsey Bright (San Diego, Calif./Rancho Bernardo) to knot the score at seven with 17:51 to play.

Brooke Fisher's 47th goal of the season momentarily gave Millersville the lead back, but the Marauders only enjoyed their final lead of the afternoon for another 42 seconds. That's when Lombardoni tied the game at eight, igniting a mini 4-0 run.

Mallory Delaney (Clarence Center, N.Y./Clarence) and Neagle followed with goals, before Lombardoni capped the run with her fourth tally of the match. The rally gave the Lady Knights an 11-8 edge with 10:17 to play.

Millersville made one last run, clawing within 11-10 with the next two goals. But Gannon put the finishing touches on a victory with a Valentine unassisted goal at the 2:21 mark and a Neagle unassisted score at the 1:32 mark.

Gannon out-shot Millersville 35-34 and won 15 of 25 draw controls. The Marauders produced advantages in saves (16-15), ground balls (18-15) and fewest turnovers (10-11).

Lombardoni led all scorers on both sides with four goals. Both Neagle and Valentine added hat tricks. Delaney, Mitchell and Ashley Mozingo (Fallston, Md./Fallston) rounded out the scoring with one goal each.

Margaret Maslyn (Penn Yan, N.Y./Penn Yan Academy) had 15 saves between the pipes, recording her second-highest total and sixth double-digit performance of the campaign. Bright dished out Gannon's only two assists.

Gannon evened its overall record at 7-7 and moved to 4-5 in the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) while snapping a brief two-match losing streak. As a result, the Lady Knights improved to 12-2 all-time against Millersville. The Marauders dropped to 5-8 overall and 1-7 in conference action.

Head coach Lindsey Lowman's club returns to action Friday, April 18 against eighth-ranked Lock Haven at Gannon University Field. Game time is scheduled for 3:00 p.m.

2014-04-15



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