|Huskies and Lakers Participate in Lax 4 Life|
BLOOMSBURG - Bloomsburg University attempted to rally late but fell short, losing to sixth-ranked Mercyhurst 12-10 in Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) cross-over action on Saturday afternoon at Sports Stadium.
Mercyhurst jumped out to a quick lead, getting a goal from Kimberly Masterton less than a minute into the game. The Lakers made it a 2-0 lead nearly six minutes later before senior Tia Mazzie (Barto/Boyertown) from the back of the net off a pass from freshman Samantha Mazzie (Barto/Boyertown) just 20 seconds later.
The Huskies (5-3, 2-1) then went on to get two straight goals from freshman Lyndsey Babilon (Boyertown/Boyertown) to take a 3-2 lead with 16:52 left in the first half. Mercyhurst tied up the score seven minutes later, but Bloomsburg would respond with another goal from Tia Mazzie to take a 4-3 lead at the 8:16 mark. The Lakers then came back to score four unanswered goals, with the final one coming 48 seconds before halftime, to take a 7-4 lead.
The Lakers (7-0, 2-0) would strike again, taking a four-goal lead less than two minutes into the second half when Melissa Leonhard found the net for her second time. Senior Kim Springman (Downingtown/Bishop Shanahan) stopped the Mercyhurst streak when she scored four minutes later, cutting the Huskies deficit to three goals. Both teams would trade goals before the Huskies got two within 39 seconds of each other from Samantha Mazzie, as Bloomsburg came back to within two scores at 10-8 with 14:03 remaining.
Mercyhurst responded quickly, getting another goal from Masterton and then from Leonhard to go back on top by four with 11:12 left. The Huskies tried to rally, getting goals from sophomore Allie Kakareka (Royersford/Spring-Ford) and freshman Natalie Draham (Blue Bell/Wissahickon) to get back to within two with a little more than five minutes remaining. However the Lakers would play keep away from Bloomsburg over the final few minutes, preserving the two-goal win.
Leonhard and Ally Keirn each scored three goals for the Lakers, as Keirn added three assists to her point total. Babilon, Kakareka and Tia and Samantha Mazzie all scored two goals apiece for the Huskies while freshman Shelby Iezzi (Pottstown/Owen J. Roberts) went the entire 60 minutes in goal, posting eight saves.
Both teams participated in "Lax 4 Life" to help raise funds and awareness for the Allyson Fund, which was started three years ago after Allyson Green, the younger sister of former West Chester goalkeeper Mary Beth Green, committed suicide. Both schools wore "Lax 4 Life" t-shirts in pregame warm-ups and had a collective photo taken to commemorate the occasion. Additionally, a collection was taken in the stands at halftime to help raise money for this worthy cause.
The Huskies are back in action Sunday when they host Bentley. Start time is set for 1:00 p.m.