Fisher Pulls Away in Second Half to Beat Hartwick

PITTSFORD, NY St. John Fisher scored the game's final five goals to pull away from Hartwick's women's lacrosse team on Saturday in Rochester, 20-9. The Hawks, who trailed 15-9 before the run, slip to 1-10 on the year. The Cardinals are now 3-9 overall and 2-3 in the conference.

Brittany LaVaute (Skaneateles, NY/Skaneateles) scored three goals and dished out an assist for Hartwick. She has scored in every game this year for the Hawks and tallied 18 goals and five assists in E8 games. Tiffanie Bishop (Shoreham, VT/Middlebury) and Erica Scicchitano (Centerport, NY/Harborfields) each scored twice and registered assists.

Fisher led 9-1 in the first half of play before the Hawks got back into the contest with four goals in the final six minutes. LaVaute scored from a feed from Scicchitano for 'Wick lone tally in the first 24 minutes. Bishop scored her first of the day to make it 9-2 and Ryan McGovern (Miller Place, NY/Rocky Point) and Jen Lin (Albany, NY/Colonie) tallied 35 seconds apart to cut the lead to six, 10-4. Fisher added another goal with under two minutes left before halftime but Scicchitano answered 13 ticks later to make the score 11-5 after 30 minutes.

Bishop scored her second of the day 17 seconds into the second half to shave the lead down to five, but three straight Cardinal goals in a 1:27 span pushed the lead back to eight. LaVaute scored twice with Scicchitano adding another goal as the Hawks made it 15-9 with 20 minutes left before Fisher closed the door on a comeback with four tallies in six minutes and another with under two minutes to go for the final 20-9 score line.

Hartwick was outshot 38-29 in the contest. The Hawks finished with 26 ground balls which was a season-high. They also won 16 of 31 draws on the day. Scicchitano recorded a game-high nine ground balls and caused two turnovers. Bishop added five ground balls and three draws while LaVaute had a team-best five draws and caused a pair of Fisher turnovers. Goalie Jen Kaye (Altamont, NY/Guilderland) also recorded two caused turnovers and made eight saves.

The Hawks wrap up the regular season next week. The team travels to Marywood on April 23rd and close the season at home on Sunday against RIT.


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