The Wayne State Warriors travelled to Erie, PA last weekend to take on top-ranked Mercyhurst. Although the Warriors were able to keep both games competitive, they lost on Friday, 3-1, and Saturday, 4-2.
Mercyhurst scored three straight goals in the first period of Friday's game. Seven minutes into the second period, Lindsay DiPietro (pictured) took a pass from Tina Vanderhoeven and scored glove-side to get the Warriors on the board.
Although netminder Valery Turcotte proceeded to shutout the Lakers for the next two periods, the Warriors could not score again, and the 3-1 score stood at the final horn.
Turcotte finished with 33 saves.
In Saturday's game, the Warriors found themselves down 2-0 at the start of the third period. Tegan Schroeder, who also made several critical defensive plays during the game, lost no time taking advantage of the fresh period--and a Warriors power play--to score off a DiPietro pass.
The Lakers retaliated to make the score 3-1, but Brandi Frakie kept the Warriors in the game with an unassisted goal to bring her team within one until the Lakers scored again with four minutes remaining.
After making 34 saves in the game, Turcotte was pulled for an extra attacker, but to no avail.
Mercyhurst outshot Wayne State both nights: 36-18 on Friday and 38-23 on Saturday.
The Warriors will play their last home series next weekend at the Michigan State Fairgrounds, when they will face off against Robert Morris. Both games will begin at 3:30 as part of a doubleheader with the men's program.