April 22, 2011

No. 2 Le Moyne Rocks D-I Detroit Mercy

from press release

– Senior attacker Michelle Phillips (Johnson City, N.Y./Maine-Endwell) scored a career-high 10 points on career-bests of five goals and five assists to lead the second-ranked Le Moyne College women's lacrosse team to a 22-7 victory over Division-I Detroit on Friday afternoon at the Thomas J. Niland Athletic Complex.

The teams split the game's first eight goals over the opening eight minutes of the contest. Senior Rebekah Elmer (Syracuse, N.Y./West Genesee) got the Dolphins on the board first just 22 seconds into the contest off a pass from sophomore Brenna Bauer (Rochester, N.Y./Brighton). The Titans answered back with a pair of goals from Emily Boissonneault in a span of 32 seconds. Phillips tallied her first goal of the game 35 seconds after Boissonneault's second goal to even the score at two.

Elmer regained the lead for the Dolphins with an unassisted marker at the 25:34 mark. Boissonneault completed her hat trick with a unassisted goal 42 seconds after Elmer scored. Just over a minute later, freshman Victoria Nies (Syracuse, N.Y./Jamesville-DeWitt) found the back of the net for the 11th time this season to put the Dolphins in front 4-3. Lindsey Saunders answered back for the Titans with 22:21 left to tie the game for the final time.

Elmer scored her third goal of the game with just over 21 minutes left to give the Dolphins the lead for good. After almost seven minutes of scoreless action, Elmer tallied her 31st goal of the campaign to start a run of three goals in less than three minutes. Bauer followed with an unassisted goal at the 13:34 mark and Phillips capped the streak with a goal off a pass from sophomore Kelly Condon (Victor, N.Y./Canandaigua) to give the Dolphins an 8-4 lead.

After Morgan Lear scored off a pass from Saunders to snap a scoreless stretch of 13:31 for the Titans, junior Brittany Brigandi (Syracuse, N.Y./Christian Brothers Academy) pushed the Le Moyne lead back to four with her 51st goal of the season. Phillips capped the scoring in the half by converting a free-position shot with one second left.

The Dolphins scored twice over the opening five minutes to extend their lead to 12-5. Brigandi scored 1:43 into the half off a pass from Bauer, while Phillips scored three minutes later off a feed from Elmer.

Corina Mahorn netted Detroit's sixth goal with 24:52, but the tallied eight unanswered goals in a span of 12 minutes to put the game out of reach. The Dolphins got two goals from Condon in the stretch and single goals from Bauer, Nies, Brigandi, senior Mia Valletta (Niskayuna, N.Y./Niskayuna), freshman Kathleen Conese (Liverpool, N.Y./Liverpool) and Phillips, while Phillips assisted on five of the goals and Elmer recorded two assists.

Olivia Mendoza came around the left side of the goal to score Detroit's final goal with 10:05 remaining in the contest. The Dolphins got goals from Condon (off a pass from Conese) and Nies to close out the game's scoring.

Junior goalkeeper Kelly Fucillo (Camillus, N.Y./West Genesee) registered four saves to earn her 13th win of the season, the second-best total in the program's history. Jenna Alberts turned away six shots in the loss for the Titans.

Le Moyne (13-1), which had its highest scoring output since a 22-3 win over Iona on April 9, 2006, returns to action on Saturday against Franklin Pierce at 12:00 p.m. Prior to the game, the six members of the Class of 2011 (Elmer, Phillips, Valletta, Nerissa Barzee, Leah Lazarz and Katlin Walker) will be honored for their contributions to the program.

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