Gannon Can't Stave off No. 8 Lock Haven

ERIE, Pa. - Gannon was unable to rally behind Margaret Maslyn's (Penn Yan, N.Y./Penn Yan Academy) season-high 16 saves, and the Lady Knights dropped a 15-5 decision to No. 8 Lock Haven Friday afternoon at Gannon University Field.

In its second consecutive home match against an NCAA Division II Top 15-team, Gannon went toe-to-toe with Lock Haven for the first portion of the contest. Kimberly Neagle (Auburn, N.Y./Auburn) scored the first goal off a Christie Valentine (Friendship, Md./Annapolis Area Christian) assist 2:52 into the affair. After back-to-back Bald Eagle scores, Valentine knotted the match at two with 23:12 left in the first half. Tessa Mitchell (Rush, N.Y./Rush Henrietta) assisted on the game-tying goal.

Lock Haven, ranked eighth in the IWLCA Poll and sixth in the initial NCAA Division II South regional rankings, responded with a decisive run that arguably put the game away early. The Bald Eagles ripped off six consecutive goals to assume an 8-2 lead. Gannon was held scoreless for 21 minutes and 14 seconds until Valentine's second goal with 1:58 left capped the first-half scoring and sent the Lady Knights into the break staring at an 8-3 deficit.

The visitors poured it on during the opening minutes of the second half, extending its lead to 12-3 with the first four goals. Gannon's first tally of the final stanza resulted from a great give-and-go between Neagle and Mitchell. The play was finished by Neagle with 15:02 remaining. It brought the end to a scoring drought of 16 minutes and 56 seconds.

Following Gannon's final goal off Stevie Lombardoni's (Mexico, N.Y./Mexico) stick at the 7:44 mark, Lock Haven scored two more times to produce a running clock with 4:41 left and then proceeded to run out the time remaining.

In addition to owning a 36-14 edge in shots, Lock Haven also held advantages in ground balls (28-21) and draw controls (15-7). The Crimson Hawks committed only eight turnovers compared to the Lady Knights' 16.

Neagle and Valentine scored two times each. Lombardoni accounted for the final Gannon goal. Mitchell dished out two assists while Valentine added one helper.

The result offset a tremendous effort by Maslyn between the pipes. The senior turned away a season-high 16 shots, including eight during each half. She finished one save shy of her career-high set during a 21-16 victory against Bloomsburg on April 6, 2012. Maslyn reached double digits in saves for the second consecutive match and seventh time this season.

Gannon dropped to 7-8 overall and 4-6 in the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC). Lock Haven improved 12-2 overall and 8-1 in conference action with its 10th consecutive victory overall and 12th straight against the Lady Knights.

Head coach Lindsey Lowman's club returns to action Wednesday, April 23 against Edinboro at Gannon University Field. It will be Senior Night as five Lady Knights are scheduled to be honored during pre-match festivities. Gannon also needs to win its final two regular-season matches against Edinboro and Kutztown to keep its streak of a winning record during all 19 years of its existence alive. Wednesday's opening draw is slated for 5:00 p.m.


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