April 19, 2009

Hickey Scores Seven in Manhattan Win

from press release

LORETTO, Pa. - Caralyn Hickey scored seven goals and freshman Chrissy Gutenbeger added five tallies to power the Manhattan College women’s lacrosse team to a 21-11 win over Saint Francis University 21-11 Sunday afternoon. It was the regular season finale for the Lady Jaspers (11-4 overall and 4-2 in the MAAC) who now head to the MAAC Championships, which will start this Friday at Iona College in New Rochelle, N.Y. The Lady Jaspers will be the fourth seed and take on Fairfield University at noon.

In addition to Hickey and Gutenberger combining for 12 goals, the Lady Jaspers also got offensive firepower from freshman BrieAnne Spatarella, who had a hat trick, and Phelicia VanOverbeke, Julia Lavelle and Helen Kerrisk, who had two goals each. Gutenberger had three assists and Hickey had two. The Lady Jaspers also got a terrific game in midfield from Keri Morrison, who had seven ground balls and three caused turnovers.

Early on, the two teams traded goals, with Kerrisk and Gutenberger notching goals for the Jaspers while Brittany Kovacs picked up two for the Red Flash. Kate Simmons then scored two consecutive goals to put SFU up 4-2 halfway through the first half of action. Manhattan netted another and SFU’s Chelsea Kent netted her first of the day before the Jaspers scored four unanswered goals to take a 7-5 lead with 8:05 remaining in the first.

The Red Flash tallied a goal, but the Lady Jaspers fought back with a goal of their own. SFU netted two goals with a Manhattan goal in between. The Lady Jaspers got another to end the half at 10-8 in their favor.

SFU scored to start the second half, but then Manhattan tallied three more before SFU put one past Allison Brown to end the Lady Jasper’s scoring streak.

But then Manhattan tallied six consecutive goals to end any hope of a Red Flash comeback, taking a 19-10 lead with 6:44 left to play. SFU notched a goal with 4:21 to go, but that effort was in vain as Manhattan put in two more to take the 21-11 decision.

Kent led the scoring for the Red Flash with four goals, followed by Simmons with three and Kovacs with two.

Manhattan outshot Saint Francis 45-40. Brown had 19 saves in goal for the Lady Jaspers, while Danielle Pokusa grabbed eight of the Flash’s ground balls and made 10 saves in the game.

Saint Francis ends its season at 1-12 overall and 0-8 in the Northeast Conference.

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