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Brown's hat trick sends Rams to semifinals

WEST CHESTER, Pa. -- Alayna Brown scored her first career hat trick to help No. 4 West Chester to  a 6-1 victory against East Stroudsburg in PSAC quarterfinal action Tuesday afternoon.

West Chester started applying pressure from the start and opened the scoring at the 2:15 mark, when Nancy Stehman started the play with a corner and finished it. Marnie Kusakavitch deflected a Kelsi Lykens shot to Stehman who was all alone on the left side of the net to make a 1-0.

Brown scored the first of her three on a beautiful individual effort beating her defender off the baseline and chipping the ball over the keeper to make it 2-0.

Brown added to the lead with her second of the game in the 42nd minute, controlling a Megan Callanan pass and patiently sliding it past the keeper.

She completed her hat trick with her 11th of the season by tipping home a Kelsi Lykens shot two minutes later.

PSAC Tournament

No. 6 Bloomsburg 2, No. 10 Indiana (Pa.) 0

BLOOMSBURG, Pa. -- Bloomsburg advanced to the semifinals of the 2013 Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) championships with a 2-0 win against Indiana (Pa.) on Tuesday afternoon. The Huskies will now face top-seeded Shippensburg on Friday.

With just over four minutes left in the half, Bloomsburg's Samantha Facciolla stole a ball and quickly moved up the field into the center of the circle. She then directed a shot toward the goal that was redirected by Laura Gerhard putting Bloomsburg on top 1-0.

With just 30 minutes to play, Brittany Mathews was centered in the circle and drilled a shot that was saved by IUP's Darian Shuker. The Huskies continued to pound away being awarded five penalty corners, including three in a three-minute stretch. On the third corner, Beasley directed a pass out to Mathews who quickly directed the ball down to Gattone to the left corner of the goal. Gattone then directed the ball to Sam Peters, who had come in from the right side, who then tapped in the ball for a 2-0 lead in the 59th minute.

NE-10 Tournament

No. 5 Stonehill 5, Southern Connecticut State 0

EASTON, Mass. -- Third-seeded Stonehill, ranked fifth in this week's coaches' poll, scored all five goals in the first half and cruised to a 5-0 triumph against sixth-seeded Southern Connecticut State in first round action of the 2013 Northeast-10 Conference tournament.

Stonehill (17-2, 8-2 NE-10) advances to Friday's semifinal round and will visit second-seeded and 7th-ranked Merrimack (13-4, 9-1 NE-10) in North Andover, Mass. The Warriors earned a first round by in the tournament after posting a 1-0 victory at Stonehill last week. The Skyhawks will be making their fifth semifinal appearance in the last six year and tenth overall on Friday. Southern Connecticut State sees its season come to a close with a 5-14 record overall, including 4-6 in the Northeast-10 to make its eight NE-10 tournament appearance.

Sophomore Erika Kelly posted five points to lead Stonehill to the win with two goals and an assist. Her program and NE-10 record 34 goals this season are six shy of the NCAA Division II record of 40 set by Jamie Vanartsdalen from Bloomsburg in 2008. Kelly's program's record 70 points rank second in the NE-10 and nationally and is the third-highest single-season total in NE-10 history.

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