May 9, 2009

Courtesy of Mercyhurst

Lock Haven, Pa. – The fifth-ranked Mercyhurst College women’s lacrosse team saw its season come to an end Saturday afternoon, as the Lakers fell to Lock Haven, 17-11, in the first round of the 2009 NCAA Division II Women’s Lacrosse Tournament at Charlotte E. Smith Field.

Lock Haven will now advance to play top-seeded Limestone in the NCAA Semifinals at Kerr Field in Salem, Va. Mercyhurst finishes its season with an overall record of 14-4 and its first appearance in the NCAA Tournament.

Junior Kristie Jennings and sophomore Kimberly Masterton led the offense with four points apiece. Jennings scored three goals and added an assist while Masterton netted two goals and two assists. Senior Breanna Haggerty tallied two goals and an assist for three points. Seniors Jessie Horeth and Kristen Toomey, sophomore Elizabeth Tice and freshman Ally Keirn each had a goal.

Despite playing to an 8-8 tie at halftime, Mercyhurst could not contain the Lock Haven offense in the second half as the Bald Eagles outscored the Lakers 9-3. Kate Smyth’s back-to-back scores started a five-goal run that took the teams deep into stanza. Jennings broke up the run with a free-position shot at 9:04, but four LHU scores sandwiched around a Tice tally followed to push the advantage to 17-10. Haggerty closed out the scoring with .2 showing on the clock.

Junior Maeve McGoff suffered the loss with eight saves. Lock Haven held a 29-27 advantage in shots, including a 14-13 edge in the first half.

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