March 16, 2009

Long Island Picks Up First Win

from press release

FARMVILLE, Va. - The Long Island University women's lacrosse used a solid team effort to power its way past Presbyterian College, 17-11, on Monday afternoon at Longwood Athletics Complex. Junior Jenna Schauder (Jackson, N.J.) paced a quintet of Blackbirds' goal scorers with five goals to give head coach Heather Levins her first career victory. The win also improved LIU's record to 1-3 on the season.

Junior Christie Wienckowski (Newton Square, Pa.) opened the scoring with a goal just 1:15 into the game and Schauder tacked on consecutive goals to give LIU a 3-0 lead at the 22:37 mark of the opening period. Following a Presbyterian goal, sophomore Annie Kalata (Nesconset, N.Y.) converted a free position shot to make it 4-1.

Presbyterian (1-6) responded with a 5-0 run during a six-minute span to take a 6-4 lead. The Blackbirds, however, stormed back with two unassisted goals from freshman Claire Ranney (Jarrettsville, Md.) and a marker from junior Jillian Maricondo (Levittown, N.Y.) just 13 seconds before intermission to take a 7-6 lead at the break.

Kalata opened the scoring after halftime to give LIU a brief two-goal cushion before the Blue Hose scored back-to-back goals to tie it 8-8 at the 22:55 mark. Schauder and PC's Jordan Newberry traded goals before Wienckowski sparked a 3-0 LIU run. The attacker opened the run with a free position goal and after senior Allison Funk (Lumberton, N.J.) converted another attempt, Wienckowski finished the spurt with another free position goal to make it 12-9.

PC's Jenna Handshoe scored consecutive goals to cut the LIU lead to 12-11 with 5:30 to play before the Blackbirds ripped off five unanswered goals. Freshman Ashley Prizio (Brookfield, Conn.) scored off a pass from Wienckowski to open the run. Schauder book ended unassisted goals by Kalata and Prizio to seal the LIU win, capping the scoring with three seconds to play.

Freshmen Jacqueline Simonian (Farmingdale, N.Y.) and Amber Meek (Woodbridge, Va.) split time in net, but Simonian record all 10 LIU saves, including several crucial saves in the second half. Funk added a game-high six ground balls for LIU.

Handshoe led PC with five goals and two assists. Erin McBurnette made 16 saves.

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