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Friday’s college roundup: West Chester women triumph; @LafayetteMLax falls in OT

Saturday, 29th March 2014

Categories Boy's/Men's, College, Girl's/Women's, Posted 3/29/14

Hannah Cowan (Ursuline Academy) scored five goals, and Erin Eckert added four goals, to lead 10th-ranked West Chester University to a 16-8 victory over visiting Slippery Rock in a PSAC women’s lacrosse contest on a blustery and windy Friday afternoon at Vonnie Gros Field.

West Chester (5-1, 2-1 PSAC) opened a four-game homestand with a convincing win over Slippery Rock (3-4, 0-2).

Cowan finished the game with a career-high eight points to lead the Golden Rams’ attack. She scored three of the first four goals for West Chester, which jumped out to a 7-1 lead. Eckert had three goals as well in the spurt. Melinda Speers (Henderson) scored the other goal.

West Chester, who led by as many as 10 goals until late in the game, forced Slippery Rock into 21 turnovers in the first half and held a 16-10 advantage in draw controls over the course of the entire game. A strong wind blowing toward the north end of the field challenged the players all game long.

Ashley Pyle (Garnet Valley), Sarah Dennison and Dina Cifelli each scored twice for the Rams. Eckert finished with five points while Cifelli notched four.

Gina Eberwein and Dennison each caused three turnovers as West Chester forced Slippery Rock into 32 turnovers for the game.

Jess Henderson (henderson) made six saves in the cage for West Chester.

Mercer 8, Lafayette 7, OT

The Leopards scored twice in the final 3:32 of regulation including a goal from sophomore Robert Orazietti with 18 seconds remaining to erase a two-goal deficit and force overtime against Mercer on Friday night from Fisher Stadium. However, the Leopards comeback bid was foiled by Mercer’s Chris Baxa as Baxa found the back of the net with six seconds left to play in the first overtime period.

Mac Gallagher (Shipley School) led the attack for Lafayette (1-7), registering three goals and one assist. Junior Sonny Round added two assists for the Leopards. Classmate Brian Bock (Spring-Ford) had a game-high five groundballs to go along with one tally. Cole Branch paced the Mercer (5-3) attack with four goals while Baxa added two of his own, including the game-winner. Justin Evans recorded a team-high four groundballs.

Trailing 2-0 midway through the second period, the Maroon & White offense came alive ending the half with a three-goal spurt. Gallagher found the back of the cage with 6:41 remaining in the second quarter on a feed from Round to cut the Mercer lead to 2-1. Four minutes later, fellow sophomore Morgan Westby (Episcopal Academy) tied the game up at two apiece on the assist from Bock. Round followed the Westby tally a minute later on a pass from Gallagher to put the Leopards in front 3-2 with 1:34 left before the break.

Branch tallied two goals to open the second half but goals from Jake Mann and Bock put the Leopards back in front 5-4. With 51 seconds remaining in the third, Branch netted his third tally of the quarter to send the game into the fourth deadlocked at 5-5.

Gallagher’s second goal of the game put Lafayette in the lead before Mercer answered with three straight goals to go in front 8-6. The Maroon & White responded with tallies from Gallagher and then Orazietti’s goal with 18 seconds remaining, which forced the extra period. Mercer, however, would come away with the win, scoring late in the overtime session.

Jake Hyatt made 10 saves in the loss while the Bears’ goalkeeper, Mike Nugent, registered eight saves for Mercer.

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