April 2, 2009

ERIE, Pa. - No. 8 Lock Haven erased a 6-3 deficit with six consecutive goals and then held off a late rally en route to a 9-8 victory over No. 6 Gannon in women's lacrosse action Wednesday night at Gannon University Field.

The decision snapped Gannon's six-match win streak and nine-match home win streak. It marked the Lady Knights' first home loss since an 11-9 setback to Lock Haven on April 16, 2007.

Gannon seemed to be in control early. The Lady Knights opened a 6-3 lead on Dana Rousseau's (Easton, Md./Easton) free-position goal with 4:26 left in the first half. Six different Gannon players scored in the first half. The Lady Knights were also controlling possession and did not commit a turnover for the first 15 minutes and 51 seconds.

However, Lock Haven grabbed the momentum heading into halftime. The Bald Eagles scored twice in the final 46 seconds and cut the deficit to 6-5 on Amber Hoch's score with nine ticks left on the clock. Both goals came after Gannon turnovers as the Lady Knights had three in the final two minutes.

The visitors continued the pressure and needed only one minute and 51 seconds of the second half to tie the match at six. Lock Haven tallied the first four goals of the final stanza and built a 9-6 advantage following Hoch's fourth goal of the evening with 14:57 remaining.

Gannon tried to rally with the next two goals. Rachel DerCola's (Rochester, N.Y./Brighton) tally with 12:17 to play cut the deficit to 9-7. It stopped a 6-0 Lock Haven run and was Gannon's first score in 22 minutes and nine seconds.

Colleen Dixon's (Lafayette, N.Y./Lafayette) second goal of the match at the 7:05 mark brought Gannon within 9-8, but the Lady Knights were never able to score the tying goal. In fact, Gannon was not able to get a shot off in the final five minutes of regulation. The Lady Knights had possession of the ball twice late in the match, but turned the ball over with 3:07 remaining and 1:24 showing on the clock. The squad never regained possession following the last turnover.

Dixon and DerCola led the Gannon offensive unit with two goals each. Rousseau, Taryn Millerd (Shortsville, N.Y./Midlakes), Mary Eshenour (Waterloo, N.Y./Waterloo), and Krista Schunk (Honeoye Falls, N.Y./Honeoye Falls-Lima) had one score each.

Kayla Nelson (Oswego, N.Y./Oswego) dished out Gannon's only three assists. Acacia Cook (Syracuse, N.Y./Cicero North Syracuse) turned away seven shots in goal.

Gannon dropped to 8-3 overall and 2-2 in the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) Western Division. Lock Haven improved to 9-2 overall and 4-1 in conference play. The Lady Knights return to action Saturday, April 4 against rival Mercyhurst at Gannon University Field. It will be Senior Night with the first draw control scheduled for 7 p.m.