BRIGANDI TIES CAREER GOALS RECORD AS #4 WOMEN’S LACROSSE DEFEATS AMERICAN INTERNATIONAL, 21-2
Springfield, Mass. – Senior attacker Brittany Brigandi (Syracuse, N.Y./Christian Brothers Academy/UMass) tied the program's career goals record by scoring four goals in the fourth-ranked Le Moyne College women's lacrosse team's 21-2 win at American International on Tuesday evening in Northeast-10 Conference action at Abdow Field. With the victory, the Dolphins clinched at least a share of the Northeast-10 Conference regular season title and will claim the championship outright with a victory over #7 Stonehill on Saturday.
The Dolphins scored the first nine goals of the game en route to their second straight 19-goal win over the Yellow Jackets. Junior attacker Kelly Condon (Canandaigua, N.Y./Canandaigua) started the scoring with an unassisted goal in an extra-man situation at the 25:24 mark. Brigandi followed two and one-half minutes later with her 56th goal of the campaign. Freshman midfielder Laura Hoffman (Canandaigua, N.Y./Canandaigua) converted a free-position shot for her fourth goal of the year with 20:13 remaining in the half. Junior attacker Brenna Bauer (Rochester, N.Y./Brighton) netted her 41st goal of the season with 17:48 left to give the Dolphins a 4-0 lead.
Brigandi then scored three goals in a span of 74 seconds. Her first of the run came on a free-position shot with 16:33 remaining, while the second was off another free-position shot 31 seconds later. She capped the run with 15:19 left after taking a pass from Condon. The goal - the 175th of Brigandi's career - tied her with Amanda Keegan '07 for the most goals in the program's history.
Sophomore attacker Kathleen Conese (Liverpool, N.Y./Liverpool) tallied consecutive goals to complete the opening scoring outburst. She finished off a feed from freshman attacker Catie McKay (Penfield, N.Y./Our Lady of Mercy) with 12:08 for Le Moyne's eighth goal, while scoring with 8:55 remaining off a pass from Bauer.
Whitney McKay got the Yellow Jackets on the scoreboard with 4:54 remaining in the half off a pass from Courtney Szawlowski.
Sophomore midfielder Jennifer Fabian (Clay, N.Y./C.W. Baker) pushed Le Moyne's lead back to nine just 31 seconds later off a pass from Bauer. Conese completed the scoring in the half with her 30th goal of the season with 1:53 remaining.
Bauer had a hand in the first three goals of the second half as the Dolphins extended their lead to 14-1. She registered her 15th assist of the season with 28:09 remaining in the game as Fabian recorded her 16th goal of the season. Bauer followed 53 seconds later by finishing off a pass from Condon. She found the back of the net for the 43rd time with 24:47 remaining on a free-position shot.
Szawlowski tallied American International's second goal on a free-position shot with 21:41 left in the contest.
Five Dolphins accounted for Le Moyne's final seven goals of the contest. Conese recorded her fourth goal of the day with 20:48 remaining to make the score 15-2. Three and one-half minutes later, freshman midfielder Anna Daucher (Liverpool, N.Y./Liverpool) converted a free-position shot. Exactly two minutes later, McKay took a pass from Bauer and found the back of the net for the eighth time. Condon picked up her 22nd goal of the campaign with an unassisted tally with 12:00 to go. Freshman attacker Sam Yaro (Baldwinsville, N.Y./C.W. Baker) scored for the fifth time on the year with 9:39 remaining off a feed from classmate Julia Suriani (Buffalo, N.Y./West Seneca East). McKay netted Le Moyne's 20th goal of the night with 5:03 to go after taking a pass from Fabian. Daucher completed the game's scoring with 3:29 left with her 10th goal of the year off a pass from McKay.
Senior goalkeeper Kelly Fucillo (Camillus, N.Y./West Genesee) made three saves in the first half to pick up the win between the pipes. Freshman Molly Marbut (Edgewater, Md./South River) turned away three shots in the second half for the Dolphins. Nicole Sawula suffered the loss for the Yellow Jackets despite making 14 saves.
Le Moyne (14-1, 11-0 NE-10), which has won 21 consecutive conference games, closes out the regular season against Stonehill on Saturday at 12:00 p.m. Prior to the game, the senior class of Brigandi, Fucillo, defender Carolyn Barry (Liverpool, N.Y./Liverpool) and midfielder Stephanie Dussing (Syracuse, N.Y./Bishop Ludden) will be honored by the Dolphin Athletic Association for their contributions to the program.