April 8, 2011

Down Five, LIU Comes Back for First Win

from press release

BROOKLYN, N.Y. – The Long Island University women's lacrosse team erased a five-goal deficit in the second half to defeat Saint Francis (Pa.), 13-12, in Northeast Conference action at LIU Field on Friday afternoon. The Blackbirds used a 9-2 run over a span of 17:44 in the second half to pick up the victory. Senior Annie Kalata led the LIU attack with four goals.
LIU (1-10, 1-3 NEC) trailed, 9-4, at the 27:51 mark following a goal by SFU's Catherine Helming before embarking on the game-clinching run. Kalata led the charge with consecutive tallies before freshman Gina Eberwein converted an unassisted goal at the 19:45 mark to cut the deficit to 9-7.
Saint Francis (4-8, 1-4 NEC) responded with a goal by Helming at the 18:55 mark to momentarily interrupt LIU's run, but freshman Kimberly Kovar answered with a goal at the 18:04 mark off an assist from classmate Ashley Delaney before Kalata scored again to make it 10-9. Following a goal by SFU's Danielle Conwell, the Blackbirds came back with a run of four straight goals to take the lead.
Senior Sara LaNoir and Eberwein scored within 26 seconds of each other to make it 11-11 with 14:28 to play. Senior Jenna Schauder scored the eventual game-winner with 13:00 to play before sophomore Caitlin Farrell scored with just under six minutes remaining to make it 13-11. Helming got the Red Flash within a goal with 4:54 to play, but could not get the equalizer as the Blackbirds were able to successfully run out the clock for the win.
Saint Francis jumped out to a quick lead and responded to each LIU goal with two of its own to build a 8-3 halftime lead. Freshman Katie Williams, LaNoir and Kalata each tallied goals for LIU in the first period, while freshman Shakoya Smith scored at the beginning of the second period to help set up the exciting comeback.
The Blackbirds squad played a strong all-around game and held a narrow 33-32 edge in shots, while forcing 19 SFU turnovers. LIU also had a 30-27 edge in ground balls and 14-13 margin in draw controls. Junior Jacqueline Simonian and redshirt freshman Gina Haber combined to make 11 saves, while Schauder led the team with five ground balls. LaNoir added four ground balls and four draw controls.
Saint Francis was led by Helming's four goals and one assist game. She added three ground balls. Danielle Pokusa made 15 saves and had 12 ground balls.
The Blackbirds will be back in action on Sunday, April 10, at Noon against Robert Morris.

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