Bloomsburg blows by Mercyhurst
Faulk notches five goals as Huskies capture PSAC crown
LOCK HAVEN, Pa. -- Bloomsburg (12-7, 7-4 PSAC) captured the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) championship with a 15-9 victory against Mercyhurst on Saturday afternoon. With the win Bloomsburg recorded its fourth PSAC title in school history and first since 2003. The Huskies, who were the sixth seed in the tournament, are also the lowest seeded team to win a PSAC title in conference history.
Head coach Erin Cunnane said despite being the lowest seed, the team was determined to win the title.
"We came into the tournament with the idea to win it all," Cunnane said, who is in her first season as head coach. "We [the team] knew we could do this and we were able to achieve our goal."
"The team has come together nicely, especially over the last few weeks," Cunnane added. "The players all trusted each other and everyone was pulling for each other."
Bloomsburg jumped out to a 2-0 start goals from Ashley Bossert and Maggie Canavan with less than two minutes into the first half. The Lakers and the Huskies would then trade goals for the next six consecutive goals. Julie Falk would score two of those goals with one off an assist from Sam Mazzie. Sam King would score the other goal for the Huskies at the 18:38 mark, putting them up 5-3.
"It was great for us to once again get off to a fast start," Cunnane said. "It is something we did in all three of the playoff games and it gave us a lot of confidence the rest of the game."
Mercyhurst would tally the next goal to cut the lead to 5-4 with 18 minutes left in the half. The Huskies then registered three consecutive goals to end the half up 8-4. Ashley Bossert, Falk and King all had a goal apiece among the three tallies.
Canavan opened the second half with an unassisted goal less than three minutes into the half, extending Bloomsburg's lead to 9-4. The Lakers' Kelly Palmer would then score the next goal for Mercyhurst with 24:22 left in the regulation.
From there, the two teams would again trade goals as King would score off an assist from Canavan to make it 10-5. With less than 19 minutes left, Bloomsburg would score back-to-back goals to increase their lead 12-6. Falk and Aubrey Bossert would each record a goal for the Huskies.
The Lakers would score three more goals in the game but that would be it as the Huskies claimed a 15-9 win as they added three more goals with eight minutes left in the game. Sarah Bates earned the win iby making 11 saves for the Huskies.
Falk led the Huskies attack with six points on five goals and one assist and was named the tournament MVP, while King added four goals. Canavan also chipped in four points as she scored two goals and assisted on two others. Ashley Bossert also added two goals and one assist.