Crimson Hawks knock off Mercyhurst in overtime thriller

By Brad O'Hara, Staff Writer, B.L.Ohara@iup.edu, 4/21/17

After a devastating loss to West Chester University last week, the IUP lacrosse team came back strong, picking up a win in overtime against Mercyhurst University.

Mercyhurst was ranked 14th in the nation going into the contest. IUP’s 14-13 win bumped up its record to 8-5 overall and 7-2 in the conference, pushing them into a tie for second in the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference standings.

Carissa Smith (senior, sports administration) led the way for the Crimson Hawks, scoring three goals, including the tying goal with 17 seconds left in regulation to send them into overtime.

Adriana Greco (sophomore, undecided) and Kim Hooven (senior, elementary and special education) added to the scoreboard, scoring three goals and two goals, respectively.

Ally Burrows (sophomore, biology) had a bounce-back game after failing to score in her previous game against West Chester.

IUP is currently 8-5 overall and 7-2 in the PSAC.

Burrows scored five goals, including the game-winner with 1:07 left to play in double-overtime.

This win over Mercyhurst was a very important win for the Crimson Hawks, and Burrows said she was proud to be a part of it.

“It felt so good scoring that goal at the end of the game,” she said. “I was so happy I could step up and put that last goal on the board. Winning against a team ranked higher than us always feels so amazing, and we were so proud of ourselves. We knew we had to prove ourselves yet again and that we needed to show how good we truly are and what potential we have going into playoffs.”

IUP will be traveling to take on Kutztown University Saturday. Kutztown is 7-7 overall and 3-6 in the conference going into the game against IUP.

The game will begin at 1 p.m.