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IUP Athletics | March 23, 2014

No. 15 IUP gets upset win, takes down No. 4 Lock Haven in overtime

INDIANA, Pa. --  The 15th-ranked Crimson Hawks scored two goals in the overtime and didn't allow Lock Haven to control the ball at all in the extra period as IUP upset the fourth-ranked Bald Eagles 11-9 in a nationally-ranked women's lacrosse matchup on Sunday.

The Crimson Hawks two overtime goals came within the first three minutes of overtime, with Drew Hayden and Alex Edwards each finding the back of the net.

IUP owned the ball for nearly all six overtime minutes, with the exception of a 21-second span at the beginning of the midway field change. After Lock Haven picked up that draw control, Kim Hooven forced a turnover and the Crimson Hawks played keep away for the rest of the contest to gain the win.

It was the second consecutive win over a top 10 team for the Crimson Hawks, who ran their overall record to 4-2 overall on the season. They're also the only 2-0 team in the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) and sit atop the standings. It was Lock Haven's second consecutive loss, falling to 2-2 and 0-1 on the year.

Hayden finished with a game-high five goals on the day while Edwards added four. Hayden added three ground balls and two draw controls while Edwards had three ground balls and caused two turnovers. She went a perfect 3-for-3 in free position attempts.

It was a low-scoring, 3-3 affair at halftime, but the points picked up in the second half. The Crimson Hawks opened with five consecutive goals in the first 15 minutes as they appeared to be taking control of the game. Four different players scored on the run, with two coming off the stick of Hayden. Edwards, Hooven and Michelle Zakrzewski also found the net.

The Bald Eagles got back in the game, scoring three consecutive over a 3:17 span to cut IUP's lead to 8-6 with just under nine minutes remaining. Edwards ended the run with a goal at the 5:42 mark and IUP kept Lock Haven off the scoreboard for nearly four minutes.

However, the Bald Eagles reeled off three goals in the final 1:51, including the tying score by Kelly Hamilton with 25.4 seconds left in regulation. The Crimson Hawks gained the ensuing draw control and got the ball into Lock Haven's zone, but couldn't get a shot off before time expired.

With the exception of the brief stretch late in the second half, the IUP defense was excellent, allowing just 10 shots and three goals in the game's first 47:50. Katie Davis got the win in the net, going all 66 minutes and saving nine shots while picking up four ground balls. Hooven and Paige Beierschmitt each caused three turnovers apiece while Hooven, Zakrzewski and Beierschmitt each picked up three ground balls.

This was IUP's fourth ranked opponent in the season's first six games, going a combined 2-2 against them.

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