April 3, 2011

Flash Gets First Win in Dramatic Fashion

from press release

LORETTO, Pa. – It took an extra period but the Saint Francis lacrosse team made a huge second half comeback count as it downed Central Connecticut State, 18-17, at DeGol Field on Sunday afternoon. Not only was the win the first of the season in Northeast Conference play for the Red Flash, but it marked the first triumph over the Blue Devils in the program history.

“I'm very proud of how hard everyone fought today,” said Flash head coach Steph Marcon. “We stuck to our game plan and were able to execute it extremely well against a very scrappy and aggressive CCSU team.”

After playing to a 6-6 tie in the first half, CCSU scored the first four goals of the second and seven of the first nine to go up 13-8 with just under 16 minutes to play.

The Red Flash then reeled off seven-straight scores – including three in a 40-second span midway through the run – to seize a 15-13 edge. The two teams then combined to furnish a wild finish to regulation by combining for four goals in the final 97 seconds to send the game to overtime.

Kara Ledgerwood (Canandaigua, N.Y./Canandaigua) drew first blood in the bonus frame with an unassisted marker at the 3:10 mark and, ten seconds later, Rachel Larson (Corning, N.Y./Corning East) collected a Sheri Fort (Sicklerville, N.J./Washington Twp) pass and buried the eventual game-winner.

Ledgerwood stole the show offensively for Saint Francis racking up five goals and three assists on only nine shots. Danielle Conwell (Succasunna, N.J./Roxbury) and Kate Simmons (Delran, N.J./Delran) 'chipped in' four goals apiece in the victorious effort. Simmons also tallied three assists on the day, which was second only to the school-record-tying four dished out by Fort.

“Kara stepped up today on the attack end and made some crucial plays,” said Marcon. “Today was a total team effort, though. We got support from every player on the field.”

Goalie Danielle Pokusa (Cinnaminson, N.J./Cinnaminson) highlighted the defensive side for SFU, making a season-high 19 saves on the afternoon.

As a team, Saint Francis outshot the Blue Devils, 51-41 and doubled up CCSU, 22 to 11 in ground balls.

Saint Francis visits Long Island on Friday to kickoff its final road trip of the regular season. The opening draw is set for 4 p.m.

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