Johnson Dishes Nine Assists as Lock Haven Rolls Over East Stroudsburg
from press release
EAST STROUDSBURG – Kayleigh Johnson set a PSAC record with nine assists, setting up eight of Lock Haven's 12 goals in the second half, to lead the No. 2-ranked Bald Eagles to a 17-6 win over East Stroudsburg University in PSAC lacrosse on Friday afternoon at Whitenight Field.
Elyse Fisher scored four goals, Gwen Buss had three goals and two assists and Allison Berger added a goal and four assists for Lock Haven (6-0, 3-0), which had helpers on 16 of its 17 goals to remain undefeated this season.
Senior Michelle Mangiaruga led ESU (3-4, 1-2) with two goals and two assists, junior Laura Riegel had a goal and an assist and seniors Christine Bradley and Molly O'Hara and freshman Sarah Studdiford also found the net.
The Warriors scored four straight goals in an eight minute span to take a 4-2 lead at the 15:20 mark, but the defending PSAC champions responded with the last three goals of the first half to take a 5-4 lead at intermission.
Johnson had a hand in Lock Haven's first six goals of the second half, recording five assists and netting a free position goal in the first 10 minutes as the Bald Eagles took an 11-5 lead. She added three more assists later in the period and broke the conference record on the final goal of the game, a score by Emily Cilla with 1:16 remaining.
Johnson is one of three PSAC players to record eight assists in a game, hitting the mark last season against Slippery Rock. Gannon's Rachel Dercola had eight assists against Gannon last season and Lock Haven's Sharon Kreider set the original record against Philadelphia Textile in 1997.
O'Hara became ESU's second-leading scorer in school history with her 141st career goal on a free position shot with 16:46 left in the first half. The goal gave the Warriors a 3-2 lead and Mangiaruga converted on an assist from senior Jamie Wesztergom just under 1:30 later, forcing a Lock Haven timeout before the Bald Eagles recovered.
Lock Haven held a 35-16 advantage in shots, including a 21-7 edge in the second half. Heather Sacko made six saves for Lock Haven, while sophomore Katie Zollo (eight saves in 37:02) and junior Amanda Simms (three saves in 22:58) shared time in goal for ESU.
The Warriors have a quick turnaround for a Saturday afternoon game against IUP at 1 p.m. at Whitenight Field.