March 20, 2009

Rossetti Paces Mount Past LIU

from press release

EMMITSBURG, Md. - Kathleen Rossetti (Perry Hall, Md./Perry Hall) scored six goals to lead Mount St. Mary's past Long Island 16-6 in the Northeast Conference (NEC) women's lacrosse opener for both teams on Friday.

Rossetti notched her third career six-goal performance on the afternoon and second this season after also registering six tallies against Longwood on Mar. 7. Rossetti scored four of the Mount's first five goals in the first 16 minutes to help the Mountaineers jump out to a 5-0 advantage before adding two markers and an assist in the second half.

Emily Kirby (Reisterstown, Md./Franklin) added a career-high two goals and two assists for Mount (1-8, 1-0 NEC) while Caitlin Preas (Rockville, Md./Our Lady of Good Counsel), Ashley Johnson (Arvada, Colo./Arvada West) and Breana Waraksa (Media, Pa./Strath Haven) all found the twine twice in the winning effort.

Annie Kalata paced the Blackbirds (1-4, 0-1 NEC) with a hat trick, and Claire Ranney chipped in two goals in the loss.

Rossetti helped stake the Mount out to the early lead and the Mountaineers never looked back to earn its first win of the season and improve to 10-2 in NEC openers.

Rossetti powered a 5-0 run in the first 15 minutes and seven seconds. The senior scored unassisted 18 seconds into the match and again at 1:43. After Waraksa scored unassisted at 6:49, Rossetti took a feed from Briana Gauthier (Severna Park, Md./St. Mary's) and found the back of the net at 7:06 before the senior notched her fourth goal in the first 16 minutes unassisted at 15:07 to give Mount St. Mary's a five-goal margin.

Kalata put Long Island on the scoreboard with an unassisted tally at 15:36, but Kirby answered for the Mountaineers when she fed Johnson at 17:30 and then scored unassisted at 19:57.

After Ranney scored unassisted for the Blackbirds at 20:31, Kirby helped the Mount with the next two scores. Kirby fed Alexis Salerno (South Setauket, N.Y./Ward Mellville) at 22:16 and then the junior scored off a Katelyn Catanese (Huntington, N.Y./St. Anthony's) helper at 23:43 to give Mount St. Mary's a 9-2 advantage.

Ranney notched her second tally of the afternoon at 26:29 to go into halftime trailing, 9-3.

The Mount came out of the intermission and scored the first four goals of the stanza. Johnson started the scoring unassisted at 31:17 before the senior class took over for the next three tallies. Preas scored consecutive goals off helpers from Catanese at 31:56 and Rossetti at 34:28 before Waraksa found the back of the net unassisted at 36:22 to give Mount St. Mary's a 13-3 lead.

Kalata answered for Long Island at the 38 minute mark, but Rossetti responded for the Mountaineers with an 8-meter goal at 41:09 and an unassisted marker at 46:30 for a 15-4 margin.

The Blackbirds rolled of the next two scores thanks to free position goals by Christie Wienckowski (48:00) and Kalata (54:38). Esther Rufolo (Woodstock, Md./Chapelgate Christian Academy) sealed the 16-6 win with an unassisted goal at 58:08.

Brigid McTavish (Mount Airy, Md./South Carroll) made seven saves in her first collegiate win while Erin Kelly (Derwood, Md./Magruder) made five stops and Melanie Showers (Poolesville, Md./Academy of Holy Cross) recorded one save. Jaqueline Simonian had 10 saves for Long Island and Amber Meeks turned away three shots in the loss.

Aly Jost (Abington, Md./Bel Air) paced the defense with five ground balls, two draw controls and a caused turnover. Along with her career-best two goals, Preas had four ground balls, a draw control and a caused turnover. Catanese had two assists, three ground balls, three draw controls and a caused turnover.

The Mount has won six-straight league openers after playing Long Island for the first time in the inaugural NEC game of the year and played at home for the fourth-consecutive season.

Mount St. Mary's returns to action on Sunday at home against Saint Francis (Pa.). Game time is 1 p.m.

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