March 19, 2013

LaSalle Rallies Past Lafayette, Now 8-1

from press release

EASTON, Pa. - La Salle rallied from a four-goal first half deficit to take a lead before halftime and never trailed after that as the Explorers defeated Lafayette 11-8 in the final nonconference game of the season on Tuesday night in Easton.

The Explorers move to 8-1, extending their best start in program history and winning their seventh straight game.

Caitlyn Brostrand led the Explorer attack with another five-goal game. Lauren McDermott and Melanie Sarcinello added two goals and an assist each, and Katelyn Fay drained two goals.

Laura Kleiber led the Leopards (6-4) with four goals. Lafayette played without the services of Addie Godfrey, who is third in the nation in scoring. The Explorers limited Lafayette's top two active scorers to three combined goals.

"In light of the recent tragedy at Seton Hill University, our pregame meeting was focused around playing with a purpose," Head Coach Candace Taglianetti Bossell said. "I wanted our team to know how lucky we are to be part of our Explorer lacrosse family and how we have to live and play in the moment. We had a plan to dedicate this game to Seton Hill and their women's lacrosse program. We have two current players whose high school teammates play for SHU and this win is for them."

The Explorers donned Crimson & Gold shoelaces to honor the Seton Hill program on Tuesday night.

Kleiber got Lafayette on the board 1:56 into the contest and Brostrand responded just over a minute later with her first goal of the evening.

Lafayette rattled off four straight goals in a span of 2:51 on two more Kleiber goals and two Ana White goals to take a 5-1 lead.

Brostrand broke the scoring drought at the 13:07 mark to spark a five-goal rally. McDermott drained back-to-back goals at 11:18 and 9:17, Sarcinello added one at 4:23 to knot the game at 5-5 and Brostrand added her third goal with just 18 seconds left until halftime to give the Explorers their first lead of the game. Lafayette closed first half scoring with a Jessica Rothstein score with four seconds on the clock as the teams took a 6-6 tie into the break.

Brostrand put the Explorers ahead for good just 40 seconds into the second half. Fay scored her first of the night at the 26:52 mark to give the Explorers an 8-6 lead.

Lafayette's Cammie Linville scored at 25:26 to draw within 8-7 but Sarcinello responded just 13 seconds later with her second goal of the night. Kleiber added her fourth to once again make it a one-goal game at 23:58 but that was the last time the Leopards would find the back of the net.

Brostrand scored her fifth goal at 22:13 and neither team scored again until Fay drained her second of the night with just 1:28 remaining for the final 11-8 score.

"We definitely did not get the start we wanted being down 5-1," Taglianetti Bossell added. "After the timeout, we regrouped, refocused and came together to finish the game which is what is most important."

Lafayette held slim leads in shots (24-23) and draw controls (11-10), but the Explorers picked up 12 ground balls to the Leopards' nine.

Senior keeper Maura Malone picked up her eighth win on the back of an 11-save performance. Meghan Curtin saw the majority of time in goal, making six saves. Mimi Connell finished out the game in net for the Leopards.

The Explorers now enjoy an 11-day break before they open Atlantic 10 play on Saturday, March 30, when they host league favorite Massachusetts at noon in McCarthy Stadium.

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