Strong First Half Propels Vassar Past Farmingdale

FARMINGDALE, NY (April 19, 2010) After two games of trailing at halftime, the Vassar College women's lacrosse team reversed that trend Monday afternoon in a non-conference game against Farmingdale State. The Brewers bolted out to a commanding 10-4 halftime lead against the Rams and played the hosts goal for goal in the second half in registering an 18-14 victory.

With the victory, the Brewers improve to 6-7 and have two more games this week, at Western Connecticut on Thursday, April 22 at 4:00 p.m. and a Liberty League contest against Rensselaer on April 24 at 2:00 p.m. Farmingdale State falls to 6-5 and hosts Ramapo on April 22 at 4:00 p.m.

Tied 2-2 following a goal by junior attack Allie Morgan, the Brewers exploded for six straight goals three coming off the stick of junior attack Sarah Warner -- for a commanding 8-2 lead. The teams traded two goals apiece before intermission, with Vassar comfortably ahead 10-4.

The Rams threatened to make the contest interesting, scoring the first three goals of the second half, trailing 10-7 with 24 minutes to play. Warner silenced that mini-Ram run with her fifth goal of the game, and then Vassar tacked on four more goals, two coming from sophomore attack Elizabeth Feltch and one each from sophomore midfielder Maura McCarthy and junior attack Moe Byrne, the Brewers sprinted ahead 16-7.

A goal by sophomore midfielder Morgan Namian pushed Vassar ahead 18-10, but the Rams hung tough, getting three straights goals two of them back-to-back from freshman attack Kim Lehmann and one from senior midfielder Kathy Waite, to draw within 18-13 with 4:40 to play. A Farmingdale State goal by freshman midfielder Emily Williams with 17 seconds to play accounted for the game's last goal.

Warner scored five goals, the eighth time she has scored four more goals this season. Feltch recorded her second three goal game of the season and Byrne tallied three goals, the fourth time she has had three or more goals this season.

Vassar played two goalies in the game. Junior Nicole Engelhardt played the first half and had five saves. Sophomore Heather Kessleman played the second half, made four saves and was credited with the victory despite allowing ten second half goals.

Lehmann had five and freshman midfielder Emily Williams each had five goals for the Rams. Senior Courtney Caden started for Farmingdale State and allowed 11 goals and made eight saves. She was replaced in the second half by sophomore Courtney Cook, who allowed seven goals and didn't make a save.

Farmingdale State held a 39-29 advantage in shots, but 26 of Vassar's shots were on goal.


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