The Lock Haven University women’s lacrosse team has gotten off to a flying start in the 2016 season, winning each of their first seven games.
Lock Haven won all but one game last season, finishing 20-1 but falling in the national championship to Adelphi 5-4 in overtime.
The Bald Eagles opened up the regular season with a 14-4 win over Shepherd University on March 5. The team then took on a week-long trip to Colorado in which they won all three games.
Lock Haven opened up the Colorado slate with a 19-9 win over Colorado State – Pueblo in which junior Shannon Bissnette had eight points (three goals, five assists), and sophomore Hayley Kilian had seven points with two goals and five assists. Junior Rachel Engler tacked on five goals.
The Eagles followed up the rout of Colorado State – Pueblo with a 14-6 victory over Fort Lewis in Denver behind five goals from Engler, seven assists from Bissnette and four points from Kilian. Senior Jenna Dingler also scored three goals for Lock Haven in the win over Fort Lewis.
To close out the Colorado trip, the Bald Eagles eked out a 9-8 win over Regis University in Denver. Sophomore Dana Laulis scored three goals in the win, and sophomore Ashley Gochenaur scored twice for Lock Haven.
Lock Haven returned home to open up PSAC play with a 10-9 win at Kutztown on March 17. Engler scored four goals for Lock Haven, while Gochenaur and senior Hope Thomas each scored two. Bissnette had a goal and three assists for the Eagles, and Kilian led Lock Haven with four assists.
In another close game, Lock Haven won their PSAC home opener 9-8 over Seton Hill on Saturday afternoon at Charlotte Smith Field.
Laulis scored three goals and dished out two assists, Thomas and sophomore Alex O’Herrick each added a goal and Bissnette had three assists for Lock Haven.
Most importantly, however, was goalie Hannah Houde’s save with a second remaining in the game to preserve the win for Lock Haven.
The Eagles closed out game No. 7 on the season with an 18-7 rout of Shippensburg on Wednesday. Kilian had eight points (two goals, six assists) for Lock Haven, Engler scored five goals, and Gochenaur and Laulis combined for seven goals.
Lock Haven will travel to Edinboro at 4p.m. on Friday.