King Scores 100th Career Goal as Gannon Women’s Lacrosse Team Almost Upsets No. 20 Seton Hill

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THE RUNDOWN
•Final Score: No. 20 Seton Hill 14, at Gannon 10
•Records: Gannon (3-8, 1-6 PSAC), Seton Hill (7-6, 5-4 PSAC)
•Location: Erie, Pa. – McConnell Family Stadium
•The Short Story: Five consecutive goals by No. 20 Seton Hill late in the first half eventually proved to be the difference as the visiting Griffins posted a 14-10 victory against Gannon Wednesday afternoon at McConnell Family Stadium.

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HOW IT HAPPENED •The two teams settled into a scoreless defensive affair for the first five minutes and 16 seconds until freshman Erin Rotondo (Manalapan, N.J./Manalapan) scored unassisted for a 1-0 Gannon lead.
•After Seton Hill took a lead with consecutive goals, Gannon countered with two scores of its own to reassume a 3-2 advantage. Senior Tessa Mitchell (Rochester, N.Y./Rush-Henrietta) tied the match off an assist from Rotondo at the 13:11 mark.
•Junior Leilani King (St. Albans, Vt./Bellows Free Academy) followed 39 seconds later with a free-position score to push the Lady Knights in front. The goal was King’s 100th of her career.
•Seton Hill then generated a 5-0 run that eventually proved to be the difference. The blitz gave the Griffins a 7-3 edge with 2:27 remaining in the first half.
•Gannon managed one more score when Mitchell scored off a free-position attempt with 1:25 left on the clock, cutting the deficit to 7-4 at the intermission.
•The Lady Knights were the first to score in the second half. King converted a pass from sophomore Kat Martinelli (Airmont, N.Y./Suffern) two minutes and two seconds into the half, cutting the difference to 7-5.
•Seton Hill responded with four consecutive goals to assume control at 11-5 with 20:12 to play.
•Gannon continued to fight as King produced back-to-back unassisted tallies to climb back within 11-7 at the 14:27 mark.
•The Griffins regained the six-goal advantage with a pair of goals by Katelyn Cressman.
•Gannon finished strong with three of the final four goals. Sophomore Alexa Bower (Rochester, N.Y./Brighton), King and freshman Kennedy Walters (Webster, N.Y./Webster Schroeder) accounted for the scores before the final horn sounded for a 14-10 Seton Hill victory.

GAME NOTES •Both teams took 30 shots. Seton Hill had a 17-15 advantage during the first period, before Gannon flipped the chart with a 15-13 edge during the final 30 minutes.
•Seton Hill generated a 19-16 advantage in ground balls.
•Gannon held the upper hand in draw controls (16-10), fewest fouls (8-26) and fewest turnovers (10-14).
•King led the Gannon offensive unit with five goals, one assist, seven draw controls, five ground balls and three caused turnovers.
•Mitchell added two scores.
•Rotondo, Bower and Walters completed the scoring with one goal each.
•Sophomore Micaela Capozzo (Medford, Mass./Pinkerton Academy) aided King in the middle with five draw controls.
•Freshman Charla Tate (Valencia, Pa./Mars Area) made her 11th consecutive start in goal, recording six saves. She also had six ground balls and two caused turnovers.

BEYOND THE BOX SCORE •Seton Hill is ranked No. 20 in the latest Intercollegiate Women’s Lacrosse Coaches Association (IWLCA) Top 20 Poll.
•King became the 18th Lady Knight in program history to score 100 goals when she found the back of the net with 12:32 left in the first half.
•Seton Hill tied the all-time series with its third consecutive victory after Gannon won the first three contests in the series.
•King moved in sixth place all-time at Gannon since 2004 in ground balls with 140, moving past Christina Alexander (2006-09) and Shannon Pagano (2004-07).
•Gannon reached double digits in goals for the fifth time this season.
•King jumped into seventh place all-time at Gannon since 2004 in caused turnovers with 64, moving past Pagano and Joanne Heintz (2004-07).
•Capozzo captured at least five draw controls for the fourth time in 2017.
•King won at least seven draw controls for the third time this season.
•Tate secured a career-high six ground balls and caused multiple turnovers for the fourth time in 2017.

UP NEXT •Gannon begins a two-match road swing Saturday, April 15 at Bloomsburg.
•The Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) contest is scheduled for 1 p.m.
•Gannon holds a 9-7 edge in the all-time series against Bloomsburg.
•The Huskies have won the last four encounters, including a 13-11 victory last season at McConnell Family Stadium.

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