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Lacrosse beats IUP in double-OT

Jayson Moyer
Managing Editor
jpm362@lhup.edu

12417883_10153916613421259_8995583583188959204_nThe Lock Haven University women’s lacrosse team defeated Indiana (Pa.) 10-9 in double overtime on Saturday at Charlotte Smith Field.

The then No. 6 Bald Eagles (9-1, 5-1 PSAC) got the game-winner from sophomore Ashley Gochenaur with 1:25 left in the second overtime to beat the then No. 20 Crimson Hawks (7-4, 5-1 PSAC).

Lock Haven sophomore Alex O’Herrick tied the game at one early in the first half, before Rachel Engler scored three straight goals, each assisted by Shannon Bissnette, putting the Eagles up 4-1. O’Herrick then scored her second of the game, followed by Gochenaur’s 12th goal of the season to make it 6-1 Lock Haven.

IUP added two more goals before the half, Gochenaur added her second of the game and Lock Haven took a 7-3 lead into halftime, seeming to be in control.

It was a tale of two halves at Charlotte Smith Field, though, as IUP scored six of the eight goals in the second half to tie the game at nine.

Engler scored her fourth of the game, 36th of the season, and freshman Karli Gilbert scored her third of the season before Lock Haven saw IUP score the next four goals in an eight-minute span to send the game to overtime.

In what was a hard-fought battle, Gochenaur completed the hat trick with her 14th goal of the season, giving Lock Haven the 10-9 victory.

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Engler currently ranks second in the PSAC with 36 goals while Bissnette and Kilian both rank in the top 10 in the PSAC in assists. Bissnette had four assists on Saturday, while Kilian had three.

Hannah Houde made 15 saves and got the win in goal for Lock Haven.

The Bald Eagles fell to No. 12 in this week’s Intercollegiate Women’s Lacrosse Coaches’ Association (IWLCA) poll. West Chester is the only PSAC team ranked ahead of Lock Haven at No. 7. West Chester is 10-1 on the season.

IUP and East Stroudsburg (10-2) are the only other PSAC teams ranked in the top 20, as they are ranked No. 19 and No. 20, respectively.

Lock Haven will host PSAC foe Slippery Rock on Saturday at 1p.m. at Charlotte Smith Field. Slippery Rock sits at 7-3 overall on the season.

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