March 4, 2014

Niagara Wins Second Straight, Tops LIU-Brooklyn

from press release

BROOKLYN, N.Y. – Hannah Barnett and Maria Battista combined for nine goals as the Niagara women's lacrosse team defeated LIU Brooklyn, 17-15, in non-conference action on Tuesday afternoon at LIU Field.

Barnett scored five goals and dished out an assist for a season-high six points, while Battista contributed four goals.  The Purple Eagles improve 2-1 this season, while the loss drops the Blackbirds' mark to 0-5 overall.

"It was great to come away with a win today in what proved to be a very high-scoring game," head coach Wendy Stone said.  "We finished well and handled their pressure throughout.  We will look to improve our game next time out against Binghamton. "
Carrie-Jo Farrugia, Erin Patenaude and Taylor Wolf each scored two goals in the game.   Farrugia also added an assist for three points, while Patenaude collected a season-high five points with an additional two assists.  Teammates Kayla Smith and Jaclyn Schreiber also scored for the Purple Eagles.

Paige Matecki won a game-high six draw controls, while Laura Messer  picked up a game-high three ground balls.  Starting NU goaltender Andrea Francisco made four saves in the victory.  

Niagara marched out to an early lead, taking a four-goal advantage, 5-1, at the midway point of the first half.  Patenaude and Shakoya Smith traded tallies in the opening three minutes, but the Purple Eagles gained territorial control with scores from Battista, Smith and a pair from Barnett.      

The Blackbirds answered with their own five-goal run piggy-backed by a trio of goals from Mary McQueen to grab their first lead of the contest, 6-5, with just over six minutes remaining in the half.  Battista stopped the Blackbirds' momentum with a pair of quick goals to pocket a first half hat trick, giving Niagara a 7-6 lead.  Danita Stroup would tie the game at seven apiece, but Battista would once again find the back of the net, ending the half with goal number four to give the Purple Eagles an 8-7 lead heading to intermission.

After LIU's Jenn Peters and McQueen scored the opening two goals of the second half to take a 9-8 lead, Niagara received goals from Schreiber, Barnett and Wolf to regain a two-goal advantage.  The Blackbirds would then go on a 4-3 run, with Farrugia and Barnett combining for NU's three goals, and make it a one-goal game with 11:02 left on the clock.  The Purple and White countered with a three-goal effort via Wolf, Farrugia and Patenaude to give the team a four-goal lead that LIU Brooklyn could not dig themselves out of despite a late push in the final minutes of the contest.

The Purple Eagles outshot the Blackbirds, 42-26, in the game, including a 20-10 in the first half.  The Purple Eagles also collected 11 ground balls in the game, and had a 20-14 advantage in draw controls won.   

Niagara returns to action on Thursday, March 6 as it takes on Binghamton in a non-conference match-up.  The game is scheduled to begin at 3 p.m.

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