Heading into Tuesday’s PSAC lacrosse game against Bloomsburg, Lock Haven was down 12 players. Five of those 12 have had their names regularly penciled into the starting lineup.
Lock Haven had other ideas as they defeated Bloomsburg 10-9, moving to 11-2 overall on the season and 7-2 in the PSAC,
Jenna Dingler put Lock Haven on the board first, scoring her ninth goal of the year seven minutes into the first half. Hope Thomas picked up her first assist of the year on Dingler’s goal.
“Everyone was well prepared,” Dingler said. “People were put in positions that they don’t normally play but were studying the roles of those players and still gave it their all.”
Rachel Engler followed up Dingler’s goal with her 40th of the season two minutes later.
Lock Haven’s defense was the story for over 15 minutes in the first half. After a turnover by goalkeeper Hannah Houde, Nikki Fisher tied the game at one with 11:22 to go in the first half following an extended offensive possession for Bloom.
“I think they played a huge role,” Shannon Bissnette said of the defense. “In the end, we weren’t really getting the draws, so it was a lot of defense. They held them and really worked together even though they all aren’t use to being on the field together.”
Hope Thomas came right back three minutes later, scoring on a free possession and pushing Lock Haven’s lead back to two, and Emily Brunie scored her second of the year less than a minute later to make it 4-1 Bald Eagles.
Engler scored her second of the game on a perfect setup from Shannon Bissnette, as it was Lock Haven’s third goal in 1:40.
Freshman Kate Hooper, making her first career start, set Thomas up beautifully for her second of the game with near two minutes left in the first half, putting Lock Haven up 6-1
On a beautiful crease roll, Bissnette scored her ninth of the season, extending Lock Haven’s lead to 7-1 with 38 seconds to go in the first half.
Hannah Jaskuta scored her 16th of the season with three seconds to go in the first half, cutting their deficit to five going into halftime of a first half that Lock Haven dominated.
Lock Haven started off the second half quickly, as Dingler scored her second of the game on another brilliant feed from Bissnette.
The Bald Eagles had given up a combined 21 goals in the second half of their previous four games. After Dingler scored early in the second half, Bloomsburg struck for three quick goals to cut Lock Haven’s lead to three with just under 23 minutes to play.
Dingler scored her second of the half, the third of the game, making it 9-6 Bald Eagles. It was Dingler’s second hat trick of the season, and Bissnette had yet another assist.
Bloomsburg scored three goals in the final minutes, including two in the last minute, but they weren’t enough as Lock Haven pulled out win.
Lock Haven will return to action on Saturday when they host Gannon at 12p.m. at Charlotte Smith Field.
“We had zero subs and we weren’t used to that,” said Engler. “We had people playing midfield, people coming down on attack that weren’t used to that. The chemistry still was there, but in a different way. We all worked together as a team.”