March 21, 2012

Top-Ranked Le Moyne Snaps Adelphi's Winning Streak

from press release

– Senior goalkeeper Kelly Fucillo (Camillus, N.Y./West Genesee) made 13 saves to lead the top-ranked Le Moyne College women's lacrosse team to an 11-10 win over second-ranked Adelphi on Wednesday night at Motamed Field.

With the victory, Le Moyne snaps Adelphi's 30-game win streak, which dated back to a 21-16 loss to C.W. Post on May 1, 2010. The loss also marks the first in Northeast-10 Conference play by the Panthers since joining the conference for the 2010 season, a streak of 25 games. Additionally, the Dolphins held the Panthers to their lowest goal total since they scored four against C.W. Post in the NCAA Semifinals on May 15, 2008, a stretch of 67 games.

The Panthers, who have won the last three National Championships and won all three meetings with the Dolphins last year, got on the scoreboard first with a pair of goals in the opening 2:29 of the contest. Marissa Mills registered an unassisted goal 1:32 into the game and Meg Brown followed with her first of two goals at the 27:31 mark.

The Dolphins responded with three goals in a stretch of 5:50 to take the lead, which they would not relinquish the remainder of the game. Freshman attacker Catie McKay (Penfield, N.Y./Our Lady of Mercy) found the back of the net with 24:28 left to get her team on the scoreboard. Sophomore midfielder Victoria Nies (Syracuse, N.Y./Jamesville-DeWitt) tied the score at two apiece by converting a free-position shot at the 23:05 mark. Nies gave the Dolphins the lead with 18:38 left by scoring off another free-position shot.

Erica Devito won the ensuing draw and raced in to score her 19th goal of the season to tie the score at three apiece.

Following seven minutes and 46 seconds of scoreless action, sophomore attacker Kathleen Conese (Liverpool, N.Y./Liverpool) finished off a pass from freshman attacker Sam Yaro (Baldwinsville, N.Y./C.W. Baker) to regain the lead for the Dolphins. Adelphi evened the score at four with 5:08 left as Alison Staudt scooped up a ground ball after a save by Fucillo and tallied her second goal of the season.

After an Adelphi turnover, Le Moyne took the lead back on a free-position goal by junior attacker Kelly Condon (Canandaigua, N.Y./Canandaigua) with 48.9 seconds remaining in the half. The Dolphins won the ensuing draw and the ball eventually found its way into the stick of Yaro, who fed junior midfielder Stephanie Dussing (Syracuse, N.Y./Bishop Ludden) as she cut to the goal and fired a shot into the back of the net with 19.4 seconds left.

Devan Crimi started the scoring in the second half just 23 seconds into the stanza with her 17th goal of the campaign. Brown tied the game at six apiece with 27:21 left with an unassisted goal.

The Dolphins went in front 7-6 at the 25:44 mark as senior All-American Brittany Brigandi (Syracuse, N.Y./Christian Brothers Academy/UMass) scored for the 15th time this season. The Panthers got the goal back to tie the score for the final time at seven on the second goal of the game by Mills with 21:45 remaining.

Junior attacker Brenna Bauer (Rochester, N.Y./Brighton) gave Le Moyne the lead for good 49 seconds later by finishing off a feed from Yaro. After 8:29 of scoreless play, Conese beat goalkeeper Jordann Dempsey on a free-position shot for a 9-7 lead.

Just 31 seconds later, Devito ended an Adelphi scoreless drought of 9:49 with her second tally of the day to make the score 9-8.

Le Moyne extended its lead to a game-best three with the contest's next two goals. Freshman midfielder Anna Daucher (Liverpool, N.Y./Liverpool) picked up her first career goal by firing in a free-position shot with 9:39 remaining. After six minutes of scoreless action, Brigandi drove to the goal from the left side an netted her 132nd career goal, tying her with graduate assistant coach Rebekah Elmer '11 for fourth on the program's all-time goals scored chart.

Adelphi rallied in the final minute of action, but was unable to get the chance to tie the score. Crimi registered a free-position goal with 54.4 seconds left and followed with another goal off a free-position shot with 24.6 seconds remaining.

After calling a timeout, the Dolphins won the draw and were able to run the clock out to preserve the victory.

Fucillo registered seven of her 13 saves in the first half to record her 36th career victory. Dempsey took the loss after making five saves.

Le Moyne (4-0, 1-0 NE-10), which has won its first four games for the second straight year, travels to Saint Michael's on Saturday at 1:00 p.m.

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