Lock Haven's scoring machine
Notes: Mitchell now all-time assists leader at New Jersey
After running roughshod over their opposition through the first four games of the season, winning by an average margin of more than 15 goals, Lock Haven faced its toughest opposition of the season on Sunday when the No. 4 Bald Eagles traveled to Brookville, N.Y., on Sunday to face No. 2 C.W. Post, and they learned that there’s a difference between facing top 10 teams and everybody else.
The Bald Eagles only won by six goals this time.
Lock Haven senior Jaimie Uzialko scored five goals, juniors Gwen Buss and Elyse Fisher added four apiece, and the Bald Eagles defeated the Pioneers, 17-11, at Hickox Field.
C.W. Post struck early, as junior attacker Lauren Spaglonetta scored the first two goals of the game, and Ashley Janelli followed to give the Pioneers a 3-0 lead after four minutes of play. Lock Haven battled back, though, and took a 7-6 lead with 2:15 left in the first half on Buss’ third goal of the game before Spagnoletta scored her third with 27 seconds left to send it to halftime tied.
In the second half, Uzialko completed her hat trick with 40 seconds gone to give the Bald Eagles the lead, but C.W. Post scored three of the next four goals to regain the advantage with 23:50 to play. From there, however, it was all Bald Eagles.
In a span of just over 12 minutes, starting with 16:43 remaining in the game, Lock Haven outscored the Pioneers 8-1, producing the final margin of victory. Allison Berger scored both of her goals in this stretch, after assisting on four others earlier in the contest. Fisher scored her third and fourth goals, while Buss added her fourth along with goals by Kate Smyth and Chelsea Borrino. Finally, with 4:41 remaining in the game, Uzialko closed the scoring with her fifth of the game, her 20th of the season.
With the win over C.W. Post in the books, the Bald Eagles are set to return to Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference play, facing East Stroudsburg on Friday at 4 p.m.
Need to Know
• After sitting idle while teams like No. 1 Salisbury and No. 3 College of New Jersey ran off long win streaks to start their seasons, No. 2 Hamilton finally took the field last week, and the Continentals showed that they are every bit as good as their ranking in the IWLCA poll indicates. Opening the season at Disney’s Wide World of Sports Complex against a No. 5 Gettysburg team that had already beaten two Top 20 opponents in Mary Washington and Stevens, Hamilton scored six of the first seven goals en route to an 8-2 halftime lead, then held off a furious second-half charge by the Bullets for a 13-9 victory. Two days later, the Continentals jumped on Wheaton (Mass.), scoring 10 of the first 11 goals, cruising to a 12-3 halftime lead and a 14-6 victory. With their spring break trip to Florida over, the Continentals return to Clinton, N.Y., for a six-game homestand, starting with their home opener on Tuesday against No. 8 Cortland.
• After starting the season in a tie for seventh in the IWLCA Division I Pre-Season Poll, Georgetown has had a very rough go of it in the early part of the season, falling to No. 2 Northwestern, No. 10 Florida and No. 3 Duke in the Hoyas’ first three games. However, Ricky Fried’s team picked up its first win on Wednesday with a 12-11 victory over Johns Hopkins. Freshman Hannah Franklin scored the game-winner for the No. 13 Hoyas, who would later fall to No. 5 North Carolina. The Hoyas remain the second-highest ranked Big East team in the poll behind No. 11 Syracuse, and will look to assert themselves in conference play when they face Villanova on Friday in their Big East opener.
• After No. 7 Mercyhurst opened its season with a loss to No. 3 Limestone – likely to move up to No. 2 after C.W. Post’s loss – the Lakers have come back strong with a five-game win streak, including wins in their first two PSAC games. In their most recent victory, a 16-5 win over Slippery Rock on Thursday, leading goal-scorer Kimberly Masterton scored six goals, giving her 24 on the season, while points leader Ally Keirn scored a goal and added three assists.The Lakers hit the road Monday afternoon for a non-conference game with Seton Hill before a key PSAC weekend. The Lakers will play at Kutztown on Friday before visiting No.6 West Chester on Saturday, the highlight of the PSAC season.
• With five assists in a 17-1 win over FDU-Florham on Saturday, junior Leigh Mitchell became the all-time assists leader at The College of New Jersey. With just five games in the books in her junior season, Mitchell – who set the TCNJ single-season record last year with 50 helpers - has 87 career assists, breaking the eight-year-old record of 87, set by Liz O’Connor.
• No. 2 Northwestern and No. 16 William & Mary took the sport to a new venue on Saturday, when they played in front of 2,235 fans at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas as part of the “Dallax” women’s lacrosse event sponsored by womenslax.com. Shannon Smith and Brooke Matthews scored four goals apiece, with Smith assisting on four goals as well, and the Wildcats stormed to an 18-8 victory over the Tribe.
• No. 14 Catholic made a bid to move up in the IWLCA Division III Poll on Saturday with a 15-13 win over No. 11 Washington & Lee. Mary Swarthout had three goals and five assists to lead the Cardinals, who dealt the Generals their third straight loss after defeats against No. 1 Salisbury and No. 8 Cortland.