Vassar Rallies But Loses Shootout to St. Lawrence

CANTON, NY (April 17, 2010) In similar fashion to Friday afternoon's game against Clarkson, the Vassar College women's lacrosse team rallied from a big first half deficit with a fierce second half offensive assault. Unfortunately, scoring 10 goals in the second half wasn't enough for the Brewers to overcome a high-scoring St. Lawrence team, which defeated Vassar 19-15 in a Liberty League contest on Saturday afternoon.

The loss drops Vassar to 5-7, 1-5. On Monday, the Brewers will play their third game in four days when they travel to Farmingdale State for a 4:00 p.m. game. St. Lawrence improves to 10-2, 4-1 and next travels to Clarkson on April 20 for a 4:00 p.m. game.

The Brewers were in a deep hole, down 7-0 midway through the first half before junior attack Moe Byrne notched her 19th goal of the season to get Vassar on the board. Behind a three-goal first half by sophomore attack Alanna Piroli, the Saints built a comfortable 10-5 halftime lead, although the Brewers were successful in trimming a 9-1 deficit by scoring three of the final four goals of the half, coming from junior attacks Allie Morgan and Sarah Warner and senior midfielder Liz Pacheco.

St. Lawrence took a 13-6 lead four minutes into the second half, but the Brewers were able to ignite their offensive engine, closing the gap to 15-10 following an unassisted goal by freshman Michela Garrison with 16:34 remaining in the game.

St. Lawrence responded by scoring four of the next six goals, two of which came from junior midfielder Kim Morse for a commanding 19-12 lead with 8:44 remaining. Vassar scored the final three goals of the game in an effort to initiate a similar come-from-behind victory against Clarkson the previous day.

Vassar split its goalie duties with junior Nicole Engelhardt starting the game with four saves and 10 goals allowed. Sophomore Heather Kessleman allowed nine goals with four saves and suffered her first loss of the season after her impressive outing against Clarkson.

Eight different Vassar players broke into the scoring column with Warner tallying four goals, Bryne three, Morgan and sophomore attack Elizabeth Feltch two each.

St. Lawrence junior goalie Anna Marchand made 14 saves in a winning effort. The Saints got seven goals from Morse, four from Piroli and three from sophomore midfielder Kendall Harty.


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