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Emily Evans formerly of St.Marks scores a goal for #1 West Chester in 3-1 Win

Emily Evans formerly of St.Marks scores a goal for #1 West Chester in 3-1 Win


                                                                Emily Evans




    ERIE, Pa.- The top-ranked West Chester University field hockey team (9-1, 4-0 PSAC) took to the road on Saturday afternoon to square off against Mercyhurst (2-9, 0-3 PSAC) in a PSAC matchup as both sides enter the final month of the regular season. West Chester utilized a big second half to come away with a 3-2 road victory over an upset-minded Mercyhurst team.

How it Happened:

  • In the 15th minute, Mercyhurst got out to an early lead scoring the first goal of the game when Katelyn Smith took an assist from Katie Lechner to give the Lakers the early 1-0 lead over their visitors.
  • Mercyhurst saw its lead increase in the 21st minute when Haley Skidmore took an assist from Alexis Skibitsky to make the score 2-0 heading to the halftime break.
  • Katie Thompson (Washington, N.J./Warren Hills) was key in the second half comeback scoring two goals in a six-second span in the 41st minute to even the score at 2-2.
  • Emily Evans (Newark, Del./St. Mark's) added a goal of her own just two minutes later in the 43rd minute to give West Chester a 3-2 lead with just over 27 minutes left to play.

Inside the Numbers:

  • West Chester ended the game with a huge 30-6 advantage in shots including a 15-6 advantage in shots on goal. West Chester also held a 16-5 advantage in penalty corners at the end of the match. 
  • Marissa Elizardo (North Wales, Pa./North Penn) played well between the pipes making four saves to hold off the Mercyhurst offense while her counterpart Mercyhurst goalie Libby Jones made 12 saves on the afternoon in the loss.
  • Two goals is the largest halftime deficit the Golden Rams have overcome this season and it is just the third time in nine games that West Chester has allowed its opponent to score two goals.

Up Next:
West Chester will be back in action at home on Wednesday afternoon against PSAC foe Bloomsburg with that game scheduled to get underway at 4 p.m.

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