Lakers Ground the Crimson Hawks in PSAC Semifinals

LOCK HAVEN, Pa.- The #9 Mercyhurst lacrosse team beat #11 Indiana (Pa.), 13-7, Friday afternoon at the PSAC Final Four. With the win, the Lakers advanced to their second PSAC championship in three years.

Mackenzie Jordan scored five goals to lead Mercyhurst past IUP and onto the title match. The Lakers will go for their first-ever PSAC Championship as they square off with Lock Haven tomorrow at 1:00 p.m. at Charlotte E. Smith Field.

Mercyhurst took a 4-2 lead after 30 minutes. Jenna Schlagenhauf assisted on Jordan's second goal of the day with 28:13 left. The duo repeated the feat at the 22:11 mark, giving the Lakers a 6-2 advantage. Taylor Ventre then converted a free position shot with 20:42 to play. After an IUP score, Becca Himes set up a Jordan man-down goal to make it 8-3 with 17:21 showing on the clock.

Indiana tried to come back, scoring three straight goals, but the Lakers responded with a spurt to close out the match. Anna LeGrett assisted on another Jordan goal with 14:36 to go and then Himes finished a Hannah Corton pass for a 10-6 margin with 8:08 left. With 6:32 remaining, Carly Zimmerman scored off a Schlagenhauf assist. LeGrett stretched the lead at the 5:16 mark, and after a Crimson Hawk goal, Himes scored with 40 seconds left to create the final score.

IUP took an early 2-0 lead, but the Lakers quickly rallied, tying the match and taking a halftime lead. Anna LeGrett got the Lakers on the board at the 19:07 mark and then Himes found Jordan to even the contest with 10:57 remaining in the period. A few minutes later, Himes set up Regan Kaestner for the go-ahead goal with 7:29 to go. Jenna Schlagenhauf followed with a score at the 4:52 mark. Olivia Keirn picked up the assist as Mercyhurst entered halftime with a 4-2 advantage.

Jordan finished with five goals. Himes put up two goals and three assists, while Schlagenhauf recorded a goal and three helpers. LeGrett contributed a pair of goals and an assist and Kaestner had a goal and a helper. Rebecca Muscella posted 10 saves in net.

The Lakers held a 30-23 advantage in shots and forced 14 IUP turnovers.

Mercyhurst moved to 16-2, while Indiana dropped to 13-5. The Lakers will take on Lock Haven, who beat West Chester, 10-5, in Friday's other semifinal. LHU beat Mercyhurst, 10-8 in overtime, on April 9.

2014-05-02



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