April 20, 2011

St. Francis Staves Off Detroit Comeback

from press release

LORETTO, Pa. – The Detroit Mercy women's lacrosse team played great in the second half, but an 11-5 halftime deficit proved to be too much as Detroit fell by the final score of 18-14 on Wednesday afternoon. Emily Boissonneault had her best offensive game of the season with a team-high eight goals.

Four Titans paced the offense for Detroit against Saint Francis. Boissonneault was the leader of the comeback with a season-high eight goals and an assist against the Red Flash, while Anna Eidem, Corina Mahorn, and Zaynib Hamze all chipped in with two goals each.

Danielle Conwell and Catherine Helming helped Saint Francis hold on for the win. Helming scored two of her five goals down the stretch, and Conwell left the field with a four-goal performance. Sheri Fort also had a big impact on the game with five assists and two goals for seven points.

Detroit (3-11) out shot Saint Francis 44-29 and forced Danielle Pokusa to make 17 saves, but it just wasn't enough as their second half comeback fell short. Jenna Alberts faced 29 shots as the goalkeeper for UDM. She ended the game with eight saves.

Saint Francis jumped out to a 4-0 lead early in the first half forcing Detroit to take a timeout. The strategy paid off as Detroit scored their first goal of the game less than a minute later cutting the Red Flash lead to three. Emily Boissonneault came up with an unassisted goal to put UDM on the scoreboard.

Rachel Larson pushed the lead back to four with a goal at the 22:29 mark, but Corina Mahorn answered for the Titans with an unassisted goal nearly a minute later.

After three more Saint Francis goals, Detroit once again chipped away at the lead with a goal from junior Anna Eidem. She was assisted on the play by Boissonneault. The Red Flash responded by winning the next draw control and scoring their ninth goal of the game 20 seconds later.

Rachel Larson and Katie Jenkins rounded out the first half scoring for Saint Francis. Boissonneault finished the half strong for Detroit by adding her third goal of the game with 13 seconds left on the play clock.

The Titans came out of the locker room ready to play in the second half. Boissonneault and Zaynib Hamze each recorded a goal less than a minute into the action cutting the lead to 11-7. Boissonneault was nearly unstoppable as her fifth goal of the game came at the 27:12 mark cutting the deficit down to three.

Sheri Fort stopped the Detroit scoring streak, but the momentum wouldn't be with the Red Flash for long as Boissonneault responded with her sixth goal of the game.

Kate Simmons scored a goal from Fort making the score 13-9, but Saint Francis could not build a comfortable lead as Boissonneault continued to slash the defense with her seventh goal of the game at the 17:44 mark.

Mahorn would get the Titans within two goals, but Saint Francis pushed the lead back after a Katie Jenkins goal. Catherine Helming was credited with an assist on the play.

Boissonneault recorded her eighth goal of the game midway through the second half, and the scoring would then slow down a touch. The Red Flash defense played great in crunch time, and Helming put the Titans away with two goals in the final two minutes of play giving Saint Francis the 18-14 victory.

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