Erie, Pa. --- Senior Lauren Smith tallied her second goal of the weekend but tenth-ranked Minnesota State was unable to salvage a split Saturday afternoon falling to fifth-rated Mercyhurst 3-1.
The scoreboard showed zeroes after the first frame as both teams played strong defensively. Junior Danielle Butters made ten stops to hold MU scoreless on three power-play opportunities.
Mercyhurst's offense would strike at 4:32 of the second period when Christine Cicero snuck a shot past Butters to give the Lakers a 1-0 lead.
Emily Janiga stretched the lead to two on the power-play at 2:49 of the third period, but the Mavericks would provide an answer. The Minnesota State top line went tic-tac-toe to Smith at 14:54 who beat MU netminder Stephanie Ciampa to pull the Mavericks within a goal.
MSU created numerous chances but could not complete the comeback as Janiga recorded an empty net goal with 22 seconds left to close out the scoring.
The Mavericks failed to score on five power-play chances, while the Lakers finished one-of-six on the advantage.
Minnesota State (4-4-2, 2-2-1-1 in WCHA) return to league play next weekend traveling to Madison, Wis. for a conference collision with Wisconsin. Game time is scheduled for 2:07 p.m. at the newly christened LaBahn Arena.