March 29, 2011

East Stroudsburg Upends No. 10 Gannon

from press release

ERIE, Pa.
- The No. 10 Gannon women's lacrosse team rallied from a four-goal deficit in the final 4:21 of regulation to force overtime, but eventually fall 15-14 to East Stroudsburg Tuesday afternoon at Gannon University Field.

Trailing 13-9, Gannon staged a furious rally to force overtime. Caitlyn Fisher (Cypress, Texas/Cy-Fair) ignited a half-ending 4-0 run with a free-position goal at the 4:21 mark.

Mary Eshenour (Waterloo, N.Y./Waterloo) followed with her third goal of the match off an assist from Rachel DerCola (Rochester, N.Y./Brighton). The goal with 3:13 remaining cut the deficit to 13-11.

DerCola brought the Lady Knights within 13-12 when she scored unassisted with 2:44 left. Jess Fugate's (Wooster, Ohio/Wooster) third score of the match with 13 seconds showing on the clock then capped the comeback and sent the two squads into overtime.

East Stroudsburg controlled the first half of overtime, winning all three draw controls and holding the ball for all but 24 seconds of the period. Christine Bradley's and Jamie Wesztergom's goals at the 2:37 and 1:07 marks gave the Warriors a 15-13 advantage heading into the second half of overtime.

Gannon provided pressure immediately in the final three minutes, getting off three shots in the first minute and 30 seconds. However, East Stroudsburg goalkeeper Katie Zollo turned away all three shots.

Head coach Steve Wagner's club finally converted with 44 seconds remaining when Sarah Grzybinski (New Market, Md./Linganore) finished a feed from Kimberly Neagle (Auburn, N.Y./Auburn). Gannon won the ensuing draw control and raced down field. The Lady Knights were granted a free-position shot with eight seconds left, but were called for a false start. The turnover all but sealed Gannon's fate as East Stroudsburg rolled off the final eight seconds to secure a 15-14 overtime victory.

Gannon initially took a 2-0 lead on goals from Grzybinski and Fugate in the opening two minutes and two seconds. East Stroudsburg roared back with five consecutive goals to assume a 5-2 lead with 20:43 left in the first half.

The two teams split the next four goals, before Gannon rolled off three consecutive scores to knot the contest at seven. Eshenour scored the first two, followed by Fugate's tying goal with 30 seconds left in the half.

East Stroudsburg gained a little momentum heading into the half on Kelsey Pfautz's goal with six seconds left, giving the Warriors an 8-7 lead at the break.

The visitors continued their run with three more tallies to open the second half, eventually taking an 11-7 lead. In the process, East Stroudsburg held Gannon scoreless for the opening 16 minutes and 21 seconds until Fisher's goal at the 13:39 mark snapped the drought.

Fisher, Fugate and Eshenour led an even scoring attack with three goals each. Neagle and Grzybinski added two goals apiece. DerCola chipped in one goal while dishing out a team-high three assists.

East Stroudsburg won 18 of 33 draw controls, including 11 of 16 in the first half. Meanwhile, Gannon out-shot East Stroudsburg 35-28. Margaret Maslyn (Penn Yan, N.Y./Penn Yan Academy) recorded nine saves in goal, all coming during regulation.

Gannon, ranked 10th in the latest Intercollegiate Women's Lacrosse Coaches Association (IWLCA) national rankings, dropped to 6-3-1 overall and 3-2 in the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) with Tuesday's verdict. East Stroudsburg improved to 5-4 overall and 3-2 in conference play. The Lady Knights return to action Saturday, April 2 at Bloomsburg. Game time is scheduled for 1 p.m.


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