Susquehanna Ends Season at Drew in Landmark Semifinal

MADISON, N.J. - Susquehanna University's freshman goalkeeper Emily Stankaitis (Honeoye Falls, N.Y./Honeoye Falls–Lima) tallied game-highs of five ground balls and three caused turnovers, but visiting Susquehanna fell to Drew University, 15–4, in the Landmark Conference championships women's lacrosse semifinals at Ranger Stadium on May 5.

Susquehanna (10–7 overall), the No. 3 seed in the Landmark championships, fell behind No. 2 Drew (10–7 overall), 5–0, just 10 minutes, 17 seconds into the first half before scoring its first goal by freshman midfielder Lindsey Derstine (Coopersburg, Pa./Southern Lehigh) with 9:26 left before halftime. Drew scored three more goals before the break to take a commanding 8–1 lead.

SU netted two of the first three goals of the second half to bring the game to within six scores, 9–3, but the Rangers strung together six straight goals over a 13:43 span to erase any Susquehanna comeback.

Stankaitis also made a game-high 12 saves. For the season, she posted a 9–6 record with a .543 save percentage and a 9.60 goals against average.

Teammate and junior midfielder Sarah Wright (Princeton, N.J./Princeton HS) scored the final goal of the game and her team-leading 40th of the year on a free-position chance with 6:04 left in the game. Wright also won a game-high five draw controls to improve her single-season school record total to 65 this year.

SU's freshman attack Phoebe Nicholls (Princeton, N.J./Rutgers Prep) and sophomore attack Ally Bauer (Kinnelon, N.J./Kinnelon) each registered a goal in the loss. Bauer scored the first goal of the second half, and Nicholls scored a second-half free-position goal with 26:57 left.

Drew moves on to the Landmark championship game on Saturday, May 8, to play the winner of No.1–seeded The Catholic University of America and No. 4 Goucher College's game at a time to be announced. Catholic and Goucher play later on May 5.

2010-05-05



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