Hannah Cowan, Erin Eckert score nine goals in No. 10 West Chester's win
WEST CHESTER, Pa. -- Hannah Cowan scored five goals Friday and Erin Eckert added four more to lead No. 10 West Chester to a 16-8 victory against Slippery Rock on a blustery and windy afternoon at Vonnie Gros Field.
West Chester (5-1, 2-1 PSAC) opened a four-game homestand with a convincing win over Slippery Rock (3-4, 0-2).
Cowan finished the game with a career-high eight points to lead the Golden Rams' attack. She scored three of the first four goals for West Chester, who jumped out to a 7-1 lead. Eckert had three goals as well in the spurt. Melinda Speers scored the other goal.
West Chester, who led by as many as 10 goals until late in the game, forced Slippery Rock into 21 turnovers in the first half and held a 16-10 advantage in draw controls over the course of the entire game. A strong wind blowing toward the north end of the field challenged the players all game long.
Ashley Pyle, Sarah Dennison and Dina Cifelli each scored twice for the Rams. Eckert finished with five points while Cifelli notched four.
Gina Eberwein and Dennison each caused three turnovers as West Chester forced Slippery Rock into 32 turnovers for the game.
Jess Henderson made six saves in the cage for West Chester.