March 9, 2011

La Salle Rallies from Two Down, Tops PC

from press release

LaSalle rallied from a 6-4 deficit early in the second half with five unanswered goals to take the 9-7 win over the Presbyterian women's lacrosse team this afternoon in cold and rainy conditions at Old Bailey Stadium in Clinton, S.C.

The Explorers opened the contest at 27:33 with a goal by Melanie Sarcinello, her first of a team-leading three on the afternoon.  PC responded with two back-to-back goals from Brianne Ward (23:47) and Rachel Sweeney (20:51).

The lead was short-lived as Sarcinello found the back of the net again, this time with 19:13 remaining in the half, to tie the game a two.

Catherine Ellis (Charlotte, N.C.) and Laura Meade (Acworth, Ga.), who had an assist in the second goal, gave the Blue Hose their first two-goal lead of the game with netters at 18:16 and 9:25.

LaSalle responded by scoring the half's final two goals and the two teams went into intermission tied 4-4.

Katie Prisco (West Babylon, N.Y.) led off the second half with a goal just 12 seconds in and another at the 25:45 mark as PC took its second two-goal lead.

LaSalle cut the margin to one just 51 seconds later and then tied it back up, 6-6, at 19:50.  The Explorers netted three more to go up 9-6, before Ellis scored her second of the night to make it a two goal game with 7:42 remaining.  That would be as close as the Blue Hose would get, their next three shots saved but LaSalle, and fell by the final 9-7.

Prisco and Ellis led PC with two goals and five shots apiece, while Jaime Beamish (Memphis, Tenn.) paced the team in ground balls with six.

The Explorers held a 36-27 advantage in shots, while PC had six more saves, 18-12.  Ground balls were even at 39, while LaSalle finished with six more draw controls, 12-6.

PC next travels to Lassiter, Ga., March 18, to take on New Hampshire in a neutral-site game at 4 p.m.

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