Lacrosse rallies to defeat No. 11 West Chester

Bret Pallotto

Managing Editor

bmp6070@lockhaven.edu

April 13, 2017

 

The No. 19 Lock Haven University women’s lacrosse team defeated the No. 11 West Chester Golden Rams 13-12 at Charlotte Smith Field on Wednesday, April 12.

The visiting Golden Rams raced out to a 3-0 lead in the first four minutes of the game. The second and third of which came within a 38 second span.

Freshman Braxtin Reddinger netted her 10th goal of the season to start the scoring for the Bald Eagles. That goal sparked a run of four consecutive goals to give LHU the lead, 4-3.

Coach Lindsay Reese’s team took an 8-6 lead into halftime.

Two quick goals at the beginning of the second half staked The Haven to a four goal lead. Senior Emily Brunie scored the first of the two and assisted on the second. Her strong play was certainly a theme throughout the duration of the game.

At the halfway mark of the second half, Lock Haven lead West Chester, 12-8. The nationally ranked Golden Rams would not go down without a fight and rattled off three consecutive goals to draw closer, 12-11.

Brunie tacked on the eventual game-winner with 8:12 remaining en route to their seventh victory of the season and the fourth in Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) play.

Coming into the contest, Brunie had three goals on the season and did not score more than one in any other game. Against West Chester she recorded five shots, five shots on goals and five goals in addition to two assists.

Junior midfielder Ashley Gochenaur added four goals, two ground balls and forced two turnovers. Fellow junior midfielder Alex O’Herrick grabbed seven of 19 ground balls which was instrumental in the win.

The defensive quartet of Katie McDonough, Sam Dotterer, Emily Gerhart (picture middle) and Madison Eberly helped force nine total West Chester turnovers.

The 22 points that LHU registered were the most given up by West Chester this season.

Reese and her team will play three road games at Slippery Rock, Bloomsburg and Gannon before returning home to close out the regular season.

Wednesday, April 26 marks the team’s return to Charlotte Smith Field against Millersville. Senior Day, which also serves as the final game of the regular season, is Saturday, April 29 against Mercyhurst.

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