Lock Haven Tops Mercyhurst to Claim the PSAC Crown

LOCK HAVEN, Pa. The No. 7 Lock Haven lacrosse team won the 2014 PSAC championship today with a hard-fought, 9-7 win over No. 8 Mercyhurst.

The championship was Lock Haven's (17-2) seventh in school history and first since 2011.

It marked LHU's second win this year over Mercyhurst (16-3) as The Haven beat the tournament's No. 2 seed, 10-8 in overtime in early April.

Today's victory also helped Lock Haven runs its win streak to 15 games. The Lady Eagles started the year 2-2, but haven't lost since March 23.

Leading the way today for the top-seeded Lady Eagles was Kelly Hamilton (Warrington, Pa./Central Bucks South), who netted the hat trick.

Hamilton was named the PSAC Tournament MVP as she was brilliant over the last two games. Hamilton added three key draw controls in today's win to go along with a two-goal, one-assist effort in yesterday's semifinal victory.

Jessica Pandolf (Holbrook, N.Y./Sachem North) added two goals and one assist in today's win.

Jenna Dingler (Turnersville, N.J./Washington Township) and Chelsea Borrino (Webster, N.Y./Webster Thomas) each scored twice today for Lock Haven.

Mercyhurst was led by Becca Himes, who had three goals today.

Lock Haven led 6-4 at halftime, thanks to a late first-half surge.

With the game tied 3-3, Hamilton scored her first goal of the game to make it 4-3. Borrino added two goals in the final 7:55 minutes of the first period, helping The Haven to the lead.

The Lady Eagles struck twice early in the second half and LHU's defense held strong, fighting off the Laker blitz in the final 10 minutes.

Not enough can be said for the play of goalie Chrissy Baffuto (Long Valley, N.J./West Morris Central), who came alive for Lock Haven late in the first, while also standing tall in the second when called upon. She finished with four saves, all of which were crucial to the game's outcome.

Haven defender Melinda Wojt (Telford, Pa./Souderton) was tremendous for LHU. She finished three caused turnovers and three ground balls as her spirited play led another shutdown effort form Lock Haven's defense.

Yesterday, Lock Haven took down rival West Chester 10-5 in semifinal action. The Lady Eagles used a strong second half to push past six-seed West Chester.

Mercyhurst advanced to today's championship with a thrilling 13-7 win over No. 11 IUP.

Lock Haven will now await tomorrow's (Sunday, May 4) NCAA Division II Selection Show.

Lock Haven was ranked No. 3 in the NCAA Division II South Region rankings when they came out on Wednesday. The top four teams from each region in the final NCAA Regional Rankings North and South are selected to the NCAA Tournament.

The Lady Eagles would be search of their second consecutive NCAA bid and seventh total in school history.

2014-05-03



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