March 21, 2011

Bloomsburg Gives No. 8 West Chester a Scare

from press release

WEST CHESTER, Pa.
– Tori Dugan scored four goals and teammate Erin Oczkowksi 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 stripped West Chester's Claire Grimwood from behind with :39 left, and Sarah Bennett 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 took a nice feed from her sister Tia Mazzie 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 and Nicole Pyle 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 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.

West Chester will be back in action at Vonnie Gros Field on Friday, March 25 when it welcomes ninth-ranked Gannon University for a 4 p.m. faceoff.


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