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Women’s lacrosse: West Chester edges Bloomsburg, 9-8, in PSAC battle

Monday, 21st March 2011

Categories College, Girl's/Women's, Posted 3/21/11
From Press Releases

Tori Dugan (Bayard Rustin) scored four goals and teammate Erin Oczkowski (Archbishop Wood) notched the game-winner with two minutes left in the contest as eighth-ranked West Chester edged visiting Bloomsburg, 9-8, in a PSAC women’s lacrosse match at Vonnie Gros Field Monday afternoon.

West Chester (5-1, 2-0 PSAC) moved into a tie for first place with the win while Bloomsburg (4-3, 1-1) fell from the ranks of the unbeaten within conference play.

Bloomsburg was whistled for an offsides in an unsettled situation with :21 left in the game as the Huskies raced down field looking for the equalizer. Aubrey Bossert (Wissahickon) stripped West Chester’s Claire Grimwood from behind with :39 left, and Sarah Bennett (Boyertown) scooped up the ground ball to initiate the break.

Oczkowski broke an 8-all tie with two minutes left with her sixth tally of the season. That goal thwarted a two-goal comeback effort by the Huskies, who drew even in the game for the first time since a 1-1 deadlock in the first three minutes.

Sam Mazzie (Boyertown) took a nice feed from her sister Tia Mazzie (Boyertown) and buried a shot with nine minutes left to draw the visitor’s to within one at 8-7. Bossert followed up a little over two minutes later with an unassisted marker at 6:52.

Dugan’s goal at the 10:40 mark had given West Chester an 8-6 advantage. Bloomsburg, which trailed 7-4 at halftime, scored twice in the first seven minutes of the second half to pull within one (7-6), before Dugan doubled that cushion with her season-high fourth tally.

Grimwood finished with two goals, and Jackie Hoover (Cheltenham) and Nicole Pyle (Henderson) scored the other two tallies for the Golden Rams. Hoover notched her goal with :03 left in the first half to stake West Chester to that 7-4 halftime lead.

Sarah Bates made nine saves in the cage for Bloomsburg. MacKenzie O’Keefe (Downingtown East) stopped five shots in the first half, and Jess Henderson (2-0) came on in the second half, making five saves as well, to pick up her second straight decision in goal.



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