March 16, 2013

LIU Brooklyn Falls at Nigara

from press release

NIAGARA, N.Y. – The Niagara women's lacrosse team picked up its third straight victory after dropping LIU Brooklyn, 16-6 on Saturday afternoon at Niagara Field.

This is the first time since the 2006 season that the Purple Eagles (3-5) have notched three consecutive wins, and the team's largest margin of victory since the earning a 23-5 win over Howard in 2009.

"I am very proud of the effort we put forth today," head coach Wendy Stone said. "We finished well and were able to push the pace in transition. We need to continue to improve our stick work and execution on both ends of the field. We will work to be better next time out."

LIU Brooklyn (0-7) came out strong with the game's first tally from Caitlin Farrell in the opening two minutes, but Niagara quickly rebounded with its own score 25 seconds later as Maria Battista netted her first of the afternoon.

The Blackbirds beat NU goaltender Paige Sasser to gain back the lead, however the Purps would go on a 3-0 run off goals from Katherine Pille, Danielle Maio and Courtney Pierce to jump out to a 4-2 lead.

The Purple Eagles buckled down defensively only allowing LIU Brooklyn to find the back of the net two more times in the next 19 minutes, while the NU offensive finished up the first 30 minutes with five straight goals. Battista would net three more to increase her total to four on the afternoon, while Kristen Winter and Carrie-Jo Farrugia made it a 9-4 contest heading into intermission.

The second half saw much of the same as the home team jumped out to a 12-4 advantage after 12 minutes played in the period. Kayla Smith and Farrugia began the offensive onslaught, as Smith netted a pair of tallies and Farrugia scored her second of the contest.

LIU Brooklyn would get scores from Brittany Rader and Colleen Holmes as the contest wore on, but the Blackbirds could not handle the Purple Eagles' attack as NU finished the game with four goals to earn the 16-6 triumph.

Farrugia kept the Blackbirds winless on the season with six points on the afternoon after contributing two goals and four assists. Maio wrapped up the game with a career-high five points, scoring a trio of goals and adding two assists, while Battista added four goals. Pille contributed to the offense as well with a three-point night (1 goal, 2 assists).

Sasser finished the game with six saves.

Niagara heads back on the road for a game against Duquesne on Friday, March 22 at 4 p.m. 

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