March 23, 2012

Niagara Scores in Final Seconds to Beat Detroit

from press release

NIAGARA UNIV., N.Y. – Junior Fran Pollastro tallied the game winning goal to propel the Niagara women’s lacrosse team to a 14-13 victory over the Detroit Titans on Friday evening at Niagara Field.

With five seconds left on the clock and the game tied at 13 apiece, freshman Carrie-Jo Farrugia chose to dish a perfect feed to Pollastro on a free position attempt, who ripped a high shot past Titan’s goaltender Lexie McCormick.

Pollastro and senior Emily French each finished the game with five goals while senior Nicole Karek added two.  Farrugia also contributed a tally and added two helpers in the victory.   

"I'm very proud of my team today," head coach Amber Hill said.  "They showed a lot of heart and desire for the ball.  It's a mentality that we are building upon and tonight they dug deep and pulled it out."

Despite the Titans (1-6; 0-1 NLC) shooting out to a 5-0 lead a little more than 10 minutes into the opening half, the Purple Eagles (2-4; 0-0 MAAC) fought back to regain the lead heading into the first intermission.

Senior midfielder Emily Boissoneault tallied a hat-trick in the Titan's 5-0 run, before Karek got the Purple Eagles on the board on a free position shot with 17:12 remaining in the half.  

After Karek’s goal, Niagara poured on the pressure, scoring eight of the next 10 goals, with French spearheading the run with four tallies.  Karek gave the Purples their first lead of the game with seven seconds left in the opening half off a feed from senior Colleen George.     

The second thirty minutes remained tight, as the Titans and Purple Eagles battled for the lead, but the superb defending of Niagara did not allow Detroit to get that opportunity.  Senior Anna Eidem kept the Titans within reach as she scored a hat-trick in the second stanza, including the game-tying goal with 51 seconds left in the game.

Niagara goaltender Kaitlin Sorgi completed the game with 4 saves.

"We can only keep building from here and concentrate on MAAC play," Hill added.  "There's no celebration until we bolster a positive mentality and solid fundaementals.  I'm happy to say that progress showed its head tonight in this game"  

The Purple Eagles will travel to Fairfield on Saturday, March 31 in its next game.  Action is set to begin at 12 p.m.

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