April 25, 2009

Double Dutch: Union Tops Union, Liberty

from press releases

SCHENECTADY, N.Y. - Behind six goals and three assists from sophomore attack Kristin Joyce the No. 9 Union College women's lacrosse team cruised to an 11-5 victory against No. 14 William Smith (11-3, 6-2), earning them the Liberty League regular season title with an 8-0 conference record. The Dutchwomen (13-2), who last won the regular season during the 2005 season, will host the Liberty League Championship next weekend.

Joyce's nine point effort increased her season goal total to 53 and her point mark to 71. Sophomore attack Chelsea Charette posted two goals and two assists and senior attack Liz Samore had a goal and an assist.

Junior midfields Allie Cuozzo and Keelin Skurek each had goals.

Charette struck first for Union at 28:01 on an unassisted tally, but the Herons answered with three-straight goals to take a 3-1 lead at 14:31.

The Dutchwomen responded during the last four minutes of the half, beginning a nine goal run that would continue well into the second half.

Joyce and Charette teamed for goals at 4:02 and 2:55 of the first, and Zamore posted her six goal of the season at 1:56. On the ensuing draw control, Joyce gained control and streaked into the offensive end for her 50th goal of the season.

Charette capped the first half scoring with a play setup by Joyve with 12 ticks remaining.

The Dutchwomen continued where they left off with goals from Skurek, two from Joyce and finally one from Cuozzo at 16:07.

Joyce put the exclamation point on the win after two straight William Smith goals with a marker of her own at 2:01.

Dutchwomen goaltender Cat Ruggiero made six saves for her 11th win of the season.

Union collected 34 groundballs and claimed 13 draw controls, while William Smith had 28 groundballs and five draw controls.

The Dutchwomen outshot the Herons 29-17.

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