No. 4 women’s lacrosse team demolishes No. 7 Stonehill with a 14-8 victory
The Le Moyne women’s lacrosse team played against Stonehill on Saturday, April 28, at the Thomas J. Niland Athletic Complex. The Dolphins trumped seventh-ranked Stonehill 14-8 in the Northeast-10 Conference regular season’s final game. With this win, the Dolphins claimed their first NE-10 regular season title and will host the two conference semifinal games and the championship game next weekend.
With just 37 seconds into the first quarter, junior attack Brenna Bauer scored her first of five goals of the game. After six minutes of great defense and no scoring, the Skyhawks scored two goals to take their first lead 2-1. The Dolphins immediately answered with three consecutive goals. Sophomore midfielder Jennifer Fabian tied up the game with 21 minutes remaining in the half.
Bauer added another goal for Le Moyne which tallied her 45th goal of her career to put the Dolphins ahead. Just minutes after, she caught a pass from sophomore attacker Kathleen Conese and scored a goal, extending the Dolphins’ lead.
Stonehill scored another goal to make the score 4-3 with 14 minutes remaining in the half.
Senior attacker/midfielder Brittany Brigandi scored her first goal of the game, making her the program’s all-time leading goal scorer with 176 goals in her career. Junior attack, Kelly Condon picked up her first point of the day when she scored a goal off of a feed from Fabian to give the Dolphins a 6-3 lead in the first half.
The Dolphins kept adding on to the scoreboard with a goal from freshman midfielder Anna Daucher off a free-position shot. Brigandi then scored for the 61st time this year with 6 minutes to go in the half off a pass from Condon.
For the next six minutes the Skyhawks scored another goal making it 8-4 and then Le Moyne increased their lead with three more goals for the half one by Bauer, Conese and Condon.
After halftime, Kala Green of Stonehill scored a goal to make it 11-5, but the Dolphins again scored three more goals over a span of 14 minutes. Junior defender Molly Maroney locked in Le Moyne’s lead at seven when she scored a goal assisted by Condon.
Le Moyne scored two more goals — one each by Condon and Bauer. Stonehill scored three more goals but couldn’t put a dent in Le Moyne’s lead.
Le Moyne’s defense played terrifically the entire game. Senior goalkeeper Kelly Fucillo made a season-high 14 saves and to help lead her team to a victory.
Le Moyne has won 22 consecutive regular season conference games and they will play the winner of Wednesday’s first round game between fourth-seeded Bentley and fifth-seeded New Haven on Saturday, May 5, at 11 a.m.