March 4, 2011

Le Moyne Wins Division II Debut with Authority

from press release

SYRACUSE, N.Y. – Junior midfielder Brittany Brigandi (Syracuse, N.Y./Christian Brothers Academy/UMass) registered seven points on five goals and two assists to lead the sixth-ranked Le Moyne College women’s lacrosse team to a 16-9 win over East Stroudsburg in its first-ever Division II game on Friday afternoon at the Thomas J. Niland Athletic Complex.

The teams traded 2-0 runs to open the game. Brigandi tallied a pair of goals 57 seconds apart six minutes into the contest. Sophomore Brenna Bauer (Rochester, N.Y./Brighton) assisted on the first goal at the 24:57 mark, while the second goal was unassisted. Molly O’Hara got the Warriors on the board with a free-position shot with 21:46 left, while Nicole Miller followed by finishing off a pass from Michelle Mangiaruga with 19:22 to go in the opening half.

Le Moyne rattled off the game’s next five goals over a span of 3:23 to take control of the contest. Sophomore Kelly Condon (Victor, N.Y./Canandaigua) started the run at the 15:48 mark off a pass from classmate Gabrielle Kamide (Deferiet, N.Y./Carthage). Kamide picked up her second of four assists on the day 22 seconds later as senior Mia Valletta (Niskayuna, N.Y./Niskayuna) found the back of the net. Senior Rebekah Elmer (Syracuse, N.Y./West Genesee) tallied her first of three goals with an unassisted tally at the 13:35 mark. Bauer followed 12 seconds later by converting off a pass from Brigandi. Elmer capped the five-goal outburst with another unassisted marker with 12:25 remaining in the half.

Mangiaruga snapped Le Moyne’s streak with an unassisted goal with 12:07 left, but the Dolphins answered back with three consecutive goals. Condon extended Le Moyne’s lead back to five goals by finishing off a pass from senior Michelle Phillips (Johnson City, N.Y./Maine-Endwell) at the 9:35 mark. Senior defender Katlin Walker (Penn Yan, N.Y./Penn Yan) followed by scoring off a pass from Kamide, while Phillips scored unassisted 20 seconds later to get the Dolphins into double-digits.

Following a free-position goal by Jamie Wesztergom with 2:50 left in the half, Brigandi closed out the scoring in the period off a feed from Kamide with 1:07 to go.

Elmer opened the scoring in the second half just 57 seconds in to give the Dolphins their largest lead of the game.

The teams then traded 2-0 runs over a span of 22 minutes and 10 seconds. Danielle Marceca and Mangiaruga netted consecutive goals for the Warriors 1:48 apart to get East Stroudsburg within 12-6 with 25:02 left in the game.

After 10 and one-half minutes of scoreless action, freshman Victoria Nies (Syracuse, N.Y./Jamesville-DeWitt) and Brigandi converted free-position shots 24 seconds apart.

East Stroudsburg answered with back-to-back goals in a span of 13 seconds. Wesztergom found the back of the net for the first, while Maure Perrymond scored off the ensuing draw.

Brigandi had a hand in the next two goals as the Dolphins pushed their lead back to eight goals. She fed Condon at the 5:27 mark for a 15-8 lead and followed at the 4:40 mark with her fifth tally of the game off a pass from junior Emily Pierson (Fayetteville, N.Y./Fayetteville-Manlius/Onondaga C.C.). Laura Riegel closed out the scoring in the game off a free-position shot with 4:11 left.

Junior goalkeeper Kelly Fucillo (Camillus, N.Y./West Genesee) made nine saves in recording her 15th career victory. Katie Zollo turned away 14 shots in between the pipes in the loss for the Warriors.

Le Moyne (1-0), which won its season-opener for the first time since 1996 and for just the third time in the program’s history, returns to action on Sunday at Bentley at 1:00 for its first-ever Northeast-10 Conference game.

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