FDU-Florham Ousts Alvernia in ECAC Mid-Atlantic Semifinals

Madison, N.J. (May 15, 2010) - Top-seeded FDU-Florham (15-6) used a four-goal streak to build an eight-goal, second half lead and held off #4 Alvernia University (12-6) for a 19-15 win in Eastern College Athletic Conference Mid-Atlantic Women's Lacrosse semifinal action at FDU.

Devils' reserve goalie Kelly Butler made five saves in a four-minute stretch after Alvernia had cut the lead back to 18-14 with 11 minutes to play and the hosts advanced into the ECAC Final against #2 Washington & Jefferson, a 13-11 winner over #3 Ramapo.

Alvernia struck first in Saturday's opening semifinal getting an unassisted goal from junior Felicia Sippel (Philadelphia, Pa./St. Hubert) in the first minute of play. FDU came back with three straight and built a 5-2 lead after the first 10 minutes of play.

The first half lead was a big as four goals for FDU at 9-5. Alvernia cut that in half when Megan Corrigan (Boyertown, Pa./Boyertown) scored with under two minutes left in the half for a 10-8 score, but Breana Kilpatrick scored her fourth goal of the game with a second left on the half for an 11-8 count at the break.

Kilpatrick assisted on a goal with 21:38 left in the game and the Devils pushed their lead to eight, 17-9.

Alvernia won the ensuing draw control -- they won 19 of 35 on the day -- and got the ball to Sippel who's tally sparked a streak of four straight to cut the gap in half. She scored again at 12:20 to post a 17-13 score.

FDU stopped the streak with a goal less than 20 seconds later, but Allison Bainbridge (Pottstown, Pa./Pottsgrove) got that goal back at 11:14.

From there, Butler, who finished with 11 of the team's 12 saves turned aside five straight shots to keep the Crusaders at bay.

Kilpatrick led all scorers with seven goals while Sippel scored a team-high four for the Crusaders. Vicky Kearn (Merrick, N.Y./Sanford H. Calhoun) made six saves in 24 minutes and Jen Czarnecki (Philadelphia, Pa./St. Hubert) made four saves over the last 36 minutes.


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