February 27, 2014

Seton Hill Wins Season-Opener Over Notre Dame (Ohio)

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The Seton Hill women's lacrosse team on Thursday beat Notre Dame (Ohio), 16-5, in the Griffins' first game since a tragic team bus accident last March 16.  (Brian Kunst)

GREENSBURG, Pa. — The Seton Hill women's lacrosse team opened its 2014 season on a blustery and snowy Thursday afternoon in western Pennsylvania and won an emotional first game out since the tragic team bus accident last March 16 that killed coach Kristie Quigley, her unborn son and injured several players.

The Griffins took a seven-goal lead into halftime on Thursday and cruised to a 16-5 victory over visiting Notre Dame (Ohio) in coach Courtney Grove's return to the Griffin bench.

She was Seton Hill's coach before Quigley, leaving after four seasons for a promising assistant coaching job at Division I Marquette. Last May, Grove decided to return to Seton Hill, the small Division II Catholic school, to help with the healing. She originally recruited most of the juniors and seniors.

Emma Simmers opened the scoring Thursday just 1:59 into the first period when she scored off a feed from Alessandra Nicholas. Notre Dame tied the score at one before Morgan Cain scored at the 21:13 mark of the first half to give SHU a 2-1 advantage. NDC tied the score at two at the 17:51 mark but Emily Fagan scored 18 seconds later to give the Griffins the lead right back.

The Falcons again tied the score at three before the Griffins went on an 8-0 goal scoring run to take an 11-3 advantage. Cain scored three goals and assisted on two more during the run. Christine Palmeri and Fagan each scored twice during the 8-0 run. NDC scored the final goal of the half as the Griffins took an 11-4 lead into the halftime break.

Seton Hill opened the second half by scoring the first four goals. Palmeri, Rachel Hilbert, Nicholas and Simmers scored the goals for the Griffins. After Notre Dame made it 15-5, Elizabeth Otwell ended the scoring with a goal at the 5:56 mark of the half.

Morgan Cain led the Griffin offense with four goals and three assists. Emma Simmers and Emily Fagan each scored three goals and added one assist. Christine Palmeri also scored three goals. Renee Kania added three assists. Meghan Hollar recorded seven saves in the first half for the win.

Seton Hill will travel to Holy Family on Saturday.

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