Bloomsburg downs Shippensburg
Roundup: UMass-Lowell rallies back to win Northeast-10 title
SHIPPENSBURG, Pa. -- Amanda Riley scored two goals and was named tournament MVP to lead top-ranked Bloomsburg to a 3-1 win against No.2 Shippensburg in the 2011 PSAC (Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference) championship game.
The PSAC title was the fourth consecutive for the Huskies and the second for second year coach Nikki Rhoads. It was also the 18th PSAC title in school history.
Shippensburg (17-3) went on the offensive in the opening minutes of the game, getting off two shots with Bloomsburg goalie Meghan Hollenbach making two saves.
Bloomsburg (19-0) got off its first shot in the 13th minute, but Jenna DiSabatino's shot was blocked. Then five minutes later the Huskies were awarded their first penalty corner before Jaclyn Beasley fed Riley who beat Shippensburg goalie Ciarra Delost, putting the Huskies on top 1-0 just 18:41 into the game.
Just over a minute later the Huskies added to their lead on the benefit of another penalty corner. This time Riley's shot was blocked by Delost, but Brittany Mathews was there to put in the rebound quickly making it a 2-0 game.
Shippensburg cut the lead in half before the half. Over a span of three minutes, the Lady Raiders picked up four penalty corners, finally converting the fourth opportunity into a score as Ashley Taylor fed Taylor Jones for the goal with no time showing on the clock.
In the second half both teams had early scoring chances on penalty corners, but could not convert. Then in the 50th minute Riley scored for the second time with Amber Aulenbach getting the assist.
From that point on the Bloomsburg defense stepped to the forefront with Hollenbach making three saves to preserve the win.
No. 5 UMass-Lowell 3, No. 4 Merrimack 2
NORTH ANDOVER, Mass. -- Melissa Effertz scored twice as part of a three-goal outburst in the second half to lead UMass-Lowell to a 3-2 victory against Merrimack and claim its eighth Northeast-10 Championship in program history. Senior defender Kayla Littig, who scored the other UMass Lowell tally, was named the NE-10 Tournament MVP.
The River Hawks improve to 16-3 on the season while the Warriors fell to 17-2 on the campaign.
Merrimack took a commanding two-goal in the first half on scores by Candice Waldie and April Daugherty. Waldie put the Warriors on the board with a rebound tally after a pair of saves by Melanie Hopkins at 4:23. The second score came as Daugherty tipped in a long-range shot by Victoria DeLacey at 15:06.
The momentum flipped in the second half as the River Hawks scored three times in less than five minutes.
Effertz started off the fireworks with a tip-in tally at 54:48. On a penalty corner, Rachel McCarthy ripped a shot at the net that was deflected past the goaltender by Effertz.
Just under a minute later, McCarthy repeated the action only to have Littig tip the shot this time to tie the game at 2-2.
With the crowd whipped into a frenzy, UMass-Lowell kept up the attack. McCarthy chased down a ball into the corner and crossed a pass into the circle. The ball landed on the stick on Effertz, who flung a wrist shot into the net to take the lead at 59:25.
The River Hawks' defense then clamped down to hold off any last ditch efforts by the Warriors and claim their eighth NE-10 title.
Game information and photos compiled from athletic department websites.