March 3, 2012

Manhattan Holds Off LIU for One-Goal Victory

from press release

BROOKLYN, N.Y. - The Manhattan women's lacrosse team earned its second victory of the young season as they slipped past LIU, 14-13 on Saturday afternoon. The Blackbirds scored the final four goals of the game but the Jaspers defense was able to hold off a late rally to secure the win.  

Manhattan (2-2) jumped out to an early 3-0 lead when seniors BrieAnna Spatarella, Chrissy Gutenberger, and sophomore Brianna Rickert each notched goals in the first five minutes of the contest. The Jaspers defense would hold LIU scoreless in the opening 13:43 before Brittany Rader finally got her team on the board.

Rader would trade a pair of goals with Domenica O'Brey as Manhattan would take a 5-2 advantage with 10:52 remaining in the first half. The Blackbirds would then rally off three consecutive goals to tie the game at five before Gutenberger scored with 0:54 remaining before the break to give the Jaspers a 6-5 lead at halftime.

Out of the locker room, LIU's Ashley Delaney and Shakoya Smith sandwiched tallies around another Gutenberger goal to knot the contest up at 7-7 with 26:23 to play. The Jaspers would then reel of five straight goals over the next nine minutes to take a 12-7 lead. LIU creeped a bit closer with two goals in a row before Gutenberger tickled the twine two times in a span of 2:32 to push the lead back to five at 14-9 with 8:29 left.

The Blackbirds would score the final four goals, cutting the deficit to one at 14-13 with 2:48 remaining. Manhattan's Kelsey Rehain would win the following draw control giving the Jaspers possession. They would turn the ball over with 0:41 seconds remaining before forcing another one, giving them the opportunity to run out the clock.

Gutenberger led all players with seven points, including six goals, while Spatarella and O'Brey each tallied two of their own. A total of seven Jaspers scored in the game as they outshot LIU 31-29 while each team picked up 24 ground balls.

The Blackbirds had seven individual scorers of their own with Delaney, Rader, and Smith each tallying three goals. LIU (0-3) forced more turnovers in the contest (18 to 14), while succeeding in 17 of their 20 clear attempts, as compared to the 11-14 by the Jaspers.

Freshman goalkeeper Christina Fiorinelli made eight saves for her second victory of her career, while also picking up seven ground balls. LIU's Gina Haber took the loss making 11 saves and corralling a game-high eight ground balls.

The Jaspers are back in action tomorrow, Sun., March 4, when they host Brown at 1:00 p.m. at Gaelic Park.

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