March 13, 2011

St. Mary's Holds Off Lafayette

from press release

MORAGA, Calif. - The Saint Mary's lacrosse team jumped out to a 7-2 lead and held on against Lafayette, defeating the Leopards 9-8 on Sunday afternoon at Saint Mary's Stadium. The game was the home opener for the Gaels, as SMC won its second straight game after defeating Fresno State on Thursday.
With the win, Saint Mary's improves to 2-4, while Lafayette drops to 1-4.

Saint Mary's was led by Jillian Chong with four goals and one assist, while Juliet Munroe scored twice with an assist. Mariah Walk had a goal and two assists, while Krista Morgan and Anna Turpit also scored for SMC. Kathleen Worsdale tallied nine saves in goal.

Lafayette was led by Addie Godfrey with three goals and Cammie Linville with two goals. Meghan Curtin notched six saves in goal.

Saint Mary's outshot the Leopards 30-27 and had a 23-12 edge in groundballs. Anna Maria Carabini led the Gaels with five groundballs while five different Leopards had two groundballs apiece.

Walk got the Gaels on the board first, scoring on a pass from Chong just 35 seconds into the game. After Lafayette tied the game, Chong scored, followed by two Munroe goals to give the Gaels a 4-1 advantage with 16:13 remaining.

The teams would each score one more goal before halftime as the Gaels led 5-2 at the break.

SMC's Morgan and Chong scored the first two Gael goals of the second half as SMC took a 7-2 advantage with 20:40 remaining, and it looked like the Gaels had the game secured.

Lafayette responded by scoring four of the next five goals to pull within 8-6 with 12:56 remaining. Turpit stopped the bleeding with a key goal with 10:53 left on a pass from Sarah Howard to put SMC up 9-6.

Lafayette pulled within one score after goals by Godfrey and Linville with 7:03 remaining. Saint Mary's picked up its defense over the final seven minutes as the Gaels shutout the Leopards the rest of the way. Worsdale made a key save and SMC ran out the clock.

Saint Mary's is back in action on March 26 when it faces Saint Joseph's in Philadelphia, Penn.

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