LOCK HAVEN, Pa. – The Lock Haven University lacrosse team is set to host its NCAA Division II First Round Tournament game on Saturday, May 10.

Saturday’s game between the No. 5 Lady Eagles and No. 7 Pfeiffer is set for a noon start.

#2 vs. #3:
Lock Haven earned the South Region’s No. 2 seed and will host No. 3 seed Pfeiffer on Saturday. LHU is 17-2 overall, while the Falcons enter the game at 13-4.

NCAA Tournament Field set:

On Sunday (May 4) night, the NCAA announced the eight-team NCAA DII Tournament Field.

In other South Region action, top-seed Limestone (18-0) hosts fourth-seed Lindenwood (14-3).

Adelphi (19-0) grabbed the top-seed in the North Region and will host St. Anselm (13-4). Two-time defending national champion LIU post (#2 seed, 17-1) hosts New Haven (16-3).

All four games are at noon on Saturday.

Dancing for two straight:
The NCAA Tournament bid marks Lock Haven’s second straight.

Last time in the NCAA First Round:
Last season, Lock Haven lost at Rollins, 11-10 in NCAA First Round action. Jessica Pandolf scored a pair of goals in the game.

Seventh NCAA appearance:
Saturday’s game marks Lock Haven’s seventh all-time appearance in the NCAA Division II Tournament. LHU is 2-6 all-time in tournament games. The Lady Eagles last hosted a First Round match in 2011 (lost to West Chester, 9-8).

Lock Haven advanced to the Final Four in 2010 and appeared in the Championship game in 2009 vs. Adelphi.

IWLCA National Rankings:
On Monday (May 5), the IWLCA released its updated national rankings and Lock Haven jumped up two spots to No. 5.

Saturday’s opponent Pfeiffer is ranked No. 7.

PSAC Champions:
On Saturday (May 3), the Lady Eagles defeated Mercyhurst 9-7 to claim in the 2014 PSAC Championship. It was Lock Haven seventh conference crown and first since 2011. Leading the way for LHU was Tournament MVP – Kelly Hamilton, who scored a hat trick in Saturday’s championship game.

LHU defeated rival-West Chester 10-5 in the semifinals.

The Lady Eagles were playing as the tournament’s top-seed after winning the PSAC regular season title, thanks to a 11-1 conference record.

LHU heads into Saturday’s First Round NCAA match riding a 15-game win streak. After starting the season, 2-2, Lock Haven has rattled off 15 straight wins and hasn’t lost since March 23 (L, 11-9 OT at IUP).

Last week, five Lady Eagles were named to the All-Conference team, including Jessica Pandolf, who was named the PSAC Player of the Year. Joining Pandolf on the First Team was seniors Chelsea Borrino and Lindsay WalbrandtKelly Hamilton and Melinda Wojt both earned Second Team honors.

On the season, Lock Haven is outscoring opponents 284-141, while averaging nearly 15 goals per game.

Leading the way is Jessica Pandolf, who has 70 goals on the year. Kelly Hamilton has 51 on the season and a total of nine players have more than 12 goals.

As the old saying goes, “defense wins championships,” and that’s certainly been the case with Lock Haven. The Lady Eagles are only allowing 5.57 goals per game – second-best in the NCAA and shutout Kutztown in the second to last game of the regular season. LHU has forced 150 turnovers on the season.

All-Time series with Pfeiffer:
Lock Haven is 3-1 all-time vs. Pfeiffer, winning the last three meetings. The two teams last met in 2011 and LHU won 18-6 on the road.

Scouting the Falcons: 
Pfeiffer is 13-4 overall and making its second straight NCAA Tournament appearance. Last year, the Falcons lost to Limestone in the First Round. This season, Pfeiffer went 5-1 in the Conference Carolinas action. The Falcons are led by Asheleigh Kassab’s 54 points (44 goals).