April 17, 2013

No. 7 Le Moyne Women Rock No. 3 Adelphi

from press release

Kathleen Conese (above) scored four goals and set up a fifth, helping No. 7 Le Moyne take down No. 3 Adelphi.
© Greg Wall

SYRACUSE, N.Y. – Junior attacker Kathleen Conese (Liverpool, N.Y./Liverpool) scored four goals and dished out an assist to lead the seventh-ranked Le Moyne College women's lacrosse team to a 13-11 win over third-ranked Adelphi University on Wednesday afternoon in Northeast-10 Conference action at Ted Grant Field. Adelphi, which had won the previous two meetings in Syracuse, scored the game's first goal at the 26:28 mark as Rachel O'Brien tallied her 35th goal of the season from six yards out.

The Dolphins, who won at Adelphi in the regular season last year, 11-10, answered with two goals in a span of 36 seconds to take their first lead. Senior attacker Brenna Bauer (Rochester, N.Y./Brighton) got Le Moyne on the scoreboard with 22:42 left in the half with her 21st goal by dodging down the left alley. Senior attacker Kelly Condon (Canandaigua, N.Y./Canandaigua) put the Dolphins in front with her 24th goal off a pass from sophomore attacker Sam Yaro (Baldwinsville, N.Y./C.W. Baker).

Devan Crimi, the fourth-leading scorer in the Northeast-10, evened the score at two apiece with her 45th goal with 18:41 remaining, but that would be Adelphi's last goal of the half.

Le Moyne, which has won 20 straight regular season home games since falling to Adelphi on March 23, 2011, regained the lead with 16:07 to play in the half as Conese converted a free-position shot after cutting in front of the cage from the far right hash mark. Just 80 seconds later, junior midfielder Victoria Nies (Syracuse, N.Y./Jamesville-DeWitt) recorded a free-position goal for her career-best 20th tally of the season.

After almost six minutes of scoreless action, the longest such stretch in the game, Conese converted another free-position shot in an extra-man situation to knock Adelphi goalkeeper Jordann Dempsey out of the game in favor of Taylor Hayes. Following back-to-back saves by sophomore goalkeeper Molly Marbut (Edgewater, Md./South River) in a span of four seconds, senior midfielder Jennifer Fabian (Clay, N.Y./C.W. Baker) found the back of the net on a free-position shot with 6:02 left. Off a restart of a missed shot, freshman attacker Maggie Monnat (Baldwinsville, N.Y./C.W. Baker) finished off a feed from Bauer on the left edge of the crease to give the Dolphins a 7-2 lead with 5:16 remaining and force an Adelphi timeout. Junior defender Megan Collins (Baldwinsville, N.Y./C.W. Baker) won the draw out of the timeout and the ball eventually ended up in the stick of Conese, who scored Le Moyne's final goal of the stanza with 4:14 left in the half from the left edge of the crease after faking out her defender.

Adelphi got back into the game with three goals in a span of 65 seconds just over two minutes into the second half. Alexa Froccaro started the rally by converting a free-position shot just 1:03 into the second half. After the Panthers won the ensuing draw, Froccaro scored again 29 seconds later to force a Le Moyne timeout. Following a Le Moyne foul 30 seconds later, Melyssa Mathewson scored off a free-position shot with 27:52 left to make the score 8-5. O'Brien then pulled the Panthers within two with a free-position goal with 24:14 remaining.

Nies ended the Adelphi run by netting a free-position goal of her own with 20:25 left.

Following five minutes and 45 seconds of action without a goal, Adelphi scored twice in 36 seconds to cut its deficit to one with 14:04 remaining. Froccaro scored Adelphi's seventh goal with 14:40 to play, while O'Brien scored off a free-position shot at the 14:04 mark to force another Le Moyne timeout.

Nies won the draw out of the timeout and 45 seconds later Conese drew a foul. Conese proceeded to net her third free-position goal of the game to push Le Moyne's lead to 10-8 with 13:11 left. Just over two minutes later, Conese sent a pass from behind the cage to freshman attacker Claire Monnat (Baldwinsville, N.Y./C.W. Baker), who sent a shot into the goal while being pushed to the ground. Claire Monnat extended Le Moyne's lead to 12-8 with 8:47 remaining by netting a free-position goal. Fabian completed Le Moyne's scoring two and one-half minutes later with a free-position goal in an extra-man situation, Le Moyne's eighth of the contest.

Adelphi scored three times in the final 5:18 to deliver the final score. Crimi scored off a free-position shot at the 5:18 mark, while Froccaro converted a free-position shot 52 seconds later. Mathewson ended the game's scoring with a man-down goal with 1:22 remaining after curling around the left edge of the goal from behind. The Dolphins won the ensuing draw and ran out the clock, the last 36 seconds of which was played with a two-man advantage.

Marbut, the reigning Northeast-10 Conference Goalkeeper of the Week, registered 10 saves, including six in the second half, to earn her 10th win of the season. Dempsey took the loss for the Panthers after giving up five goals (against two saves) in just over 21 minutes of action. Hayes made eight saves (against eight goals) over the final 38:51.

Le Moyne (10-2, 8-1 NE-10), which clinched a berth in the Northeast-10 Conference Championships and now controls its fate in regards to hosting the Championships for the second straight year, returns to action on Saturday at Saint Anselm College at 11:00 a.m.

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