#7 WOMEN’S LACROSSE KNOCKS OFF #13 NEW HAVEN, 16-11
West Haven, Conn. – Junior midfielder Victoria Nies (Syracuse, N.Y./Jamesville-DeWitt) scored a career-high four goals to lead the seventh-ranked Le Moyne College women's lacrosse team to a 16-11 win over 13th-ranked University of New Haven on Wednesday afternoon in Northeast-10 Conference action at Kayo Field.
New Haven (4-5, 2-2 NE-10) opened the game's scoring with the first two goals of the contest. Kristina Curry got the Chargers on the scoreboard with an unassisted tally at the 24:16 mark, while Kathryn Campbell extended the lead to two with 19:47 left in the first half off a pass from Natalie Lieberman.
The Dolphins cut their deficit in half just 60 seconds later as senior midfielder Jennifer Fabian (Clay, N.Y./C.W. Baker) converted a free-position shot.
The Chargers regained their two-goal margin only 36 seconds later as Lieberman netted her 22nd goal of the season. The see-saw continued as Fabian countered with an unassisted goal with 14:41 remaining to make the score 3-2. Lieberman gave New Haven its final two-goal lead of the contest 50 seconds later with another unassisted goal.
The Dolphins responded with six straight goals over the final 13:28 of the half to take control of the game. Fabian started the run by finishing off a feed from freshman attacker Maggie Monnat (Baldwinsville, N.Y./C.W. Baker) for her career high-tying third goal of the game. Junior attacker Kathleen Conese (Liverpool, N.Y./Liverpool) evened the score at four apiece with an unassisted goal with 11:40 left. Just 15 seconds later, senior attacker Kelly Condon (Canandaigua, N.Y./Canandaigua) gave the Dolphins the lead after taking a pass from Monnat. Senior attacker Brenna Bauer (Rochester, N.Y./Brighton) extended the lead with an unassisted goal with 8:48 to go, while Nies followed 87 seconds later with a free-position goal. Senior midfielder Gabrielle Kamide (Deferiet, N.Y./Carthage) finished off the scoring in the half with her eighth goal of the season off a pass from Condon at the 5:11 mark.
Le Moyne extended its run to eight straight goals with two goals over the opening 4:02 of the second half. Conese started the scoring in the half with an unassisted goal just 17 seconds into the stanza, while Nies followed with a free-position goal at the 25:58 mark.
The teams then traded goals over the next seven and one-quarter minutes. Lieberman snapped a New Haven scoreless stretch of 18:25 with an unassisted goal with 25:26 remaining. Sophomore attacker Sam Yaro (Baldwinsville, N.Y./C.W. Baker) countered with 21:07 left off a pass from Monnat to put the lead back to six. Courtney Ackland got the Chargers within 11-6 with a free-position goal with 18:11 remaining.
Le Moyne pushed its lead to 15-6 with four goals over a span of 2:38. Yaro ignited the run with her fifth goal of the year off a pass from Condon with 16:51 left. Condon followed 54 seconds later with her 12th marker of the campaign. Nies then scored two goals in a span of 42 seconds. The first came with 14:55 left on a free-position shot, while her fourth goal of the day came off a pass from freshman midfielder Mary Fadden (Liverpool, N.Y./Liverpool).
The Chargers attempted to get back into the game with a 5-1 run over the final 12:52 of the contest. Ackland registered her second goal of the day off a pass from Campbell with 12:52 left, while Lieberman followed 1:10 later with an unassisted goal to make the score 15-8. Conese ended Le Moyne's scoring for the day with 10:58 left with her team-best 15th goal off a pass from Bauer. Marissa Fisher pulled the Chargers within 16-9 with an unassisted goal with 10:29 to play, while Campbell netted her 20th goal of the year with 9:00 left. Lieberman tallied the last goal of the game off a free-position shot with 7:48 left.
The Dolphins won the draw after Lieberman scored her fifth goal of the day and were able to run three minutes off the clock. The Chargers were able to put two shots on goal over the final 3:49 of the game, but sophomore goalkeeper Molly Marbut (Edgewater, Md./South River) stopped both.
Marbut finished the game with 10 saves to record her third straight victory between the pipes. Marissa McDermott turned away 11 shots in the loss for the Chargers.
Le Moyne (5-2, 3-1 NE-10), which has scored 52 goals over its last three games (40 over its first four games), returns to action on Saturday against ninth-ranked Stonehill College at 12:00 p.m.