#4 WOMEN’S LACROSSE ADVANCES TO THIRD STRAIGHT NORTHEAST-10 CHAMPIONSHIP GAME WITH 15-7 WIN OVER #14 NEW HAVEN
Syracuse, N.Y. – Senior attacker Brenna Bauer (Rochester, N.Y./Brighton) recorded six points in the first half to lead the fourth-ranked and top-seeded Le Moyne College women's lacrosse team to a 15-7 win over #14-ranked and fourth-seeded University of New Haven on Saturday afternoon in the semifinals of the Northeast-10 Conference Championships at Ted Grant Field.
With the victory, the Dolphins advance to their third straight conference championship game, where they will face fifth-ranked and second-seeded Adelphi University on Sunday at 1:00 p.m.
Le Moyne, which has won a program record-tying 13 straight games (also accomplished in 2007 and 2011), jumped out to a 5-0 lead over the opening 12:42 of the contest. On the first possession of the game, junior attacker Kathleen Conese (Liverpool, N.Y./Liverpool), the Northeast-10 Conference Player of the Year, scored from the left edge of the crease just 12 seconds into the contest after dodging down the left goal-line extended. After the team's traded turnovers over a span of four minutes, freshman attacker Claire Monnat (Baldwinsville, N.Y./C.W. Baker) netted her 19th goal of the season with 20:36 left after taking a pass from Bauer. Just 20 seconds later, Monnat sent a pass from the right side of the crease to her twin sister Maggie (Baldwinsville, N.Y./C.W. Baker) on the left edge of the crease, where she tossed in her 14th goal of the campaign.
Bauer then scored twice in a span of 65 seconds to give the Dolphins the five-goal advantage. Her first came on a free-position shot with 18:23 remaining, while her second was off a dodge down the right alley. With the second goal, Bauer became just the fourth player in the program's history to record 200 career points.
New Haven, which advanced to the semifinals with an 18-14 win over Bentley on Wednesday, got on the scoreboard with 16:19 remaining as Courtney Ackland converted a free-position shot.
After first team all-conference goalkeeper Molly Marbut (Edgewater, Md./South River) made a save with 15:33 left, Bauer scored her 31st goal of the season 16 seconds later after receiving a pass from Maggie Monnat.
The Chargers answered with consecutive goals to pull within three, their closest margin of the game. Ackland netted her 27th marker of the season with 12:57 remaining, while Nicole McKee cut across the front of the cage before firing in a shot from the right side of the crease with 11:29 to play in the half.
Le Moyne closed out the half with four goals over the final 10:45 to take a 10-3 lead into halftime. Just 44 seconds after McKee scored, Bauer scored her fourth straight goal to push the lead back to four. Following a two and one-half minute possession after senior midfielder Jennifer Fabian (Baldwinsville, N.Y./C.W. Baker) caused a turnover, senior attacker Kelly Condon (Canandaigua, N.Y./Canandaigua) scored from the right edge of the crease with 3:31 remaining after taking an across the crease pass from Claire Monnat. Just 56 seconds later, senior midfielder Gabrielle Kamide (Deferiet, N.Y./Carthage) tallied her 15t goal of the year off a pass from Bauer. Conese netted the final goal of the half with 41 seconds left after picking up the loose ball after Maggie Monnat had her shot stopped.
New Haven scored the first three goals of the second half to pull within 10-6 3:59 into the half. Just 1:06 into the stanza, Kathryn Campbell converted a free-position shot to start the run. Kristina Curry then netted her 42nd goal of the season with 27:04 remaining, while Natalie Lieberman completed the streak with her 64th goal to force a Le Moyne timeout with 26:01 remaining.
After the Dolphins won the draw out of the timeout, freshman midfielder Kaitlyn Armstrong (Oswego, N.Y./Oswego) scored her 14th goal of the season on a free-position shot with 24:22 left to play.
The Chargers got the goal back with 22:07 to go as Campbell converted a free-position shot for her 45th goal of the season, but that would mark New Haven's final goal of the game.
Following a save by Marbut, the Monnats traded roles from earlier in the game as Maggie carried the ball into the offensive zone before sending a pass to Claire on the left edge of the crease for her 20th goal of the year. The assist was Maggie's 18th of the year, the most by a Le Moyne freshman in the program's history. After seven minutes of scoreless action in the game, Claire recorded a free-position goal to give the Dolphins a 13-7 lead and force a New Haven timeout.
After the Dolphins possessed the ball for two and one-half minutes, Conese completed her hat trick with her 37th goal of the campaign with 7:07 left to play. Sophomore midfielder Laura Hoffman (Canandaigua, N.Y./Canandaigua) completed the game's scoring with 1:54 remaining after taking a pass from Claire Monnat.
Marbut finished the game with eight saves, seven of which came in the second half, to earn her 15th win of the season, tied for the third-most on the program's single-season chart. Marissa McDermott made six saves in the loss for the Chargers.