Brigandi Nets Nine, as #4 Le Moyne Runs by Merrimack

North Andover, Mass. Junior Brittany Brigandi (Syracuse, N.Y./Christian Brothers Academy/UMass) scored a program-record nine goals as fourth-ranked Le Moyne recorded a 20-9 victory over NE-10 foe Merrimack on Sunday. Michelle Phillips (Johnson City, N.Y./Maine Endwell) added four goals and two assists to help Le Moyne to its fourth consecutive win.

Sophomore midfielder Gabrielle Kamide (Deferiet, N.Y./Carthage) got the Dolphins on the board just over one minute into the game after cashing in on a failed Warrior clear to record her fourth goal of the season. Brigandi notched her first goal off a free-position attempt, giving the Dolphins a 2-0 advantage at the 27:53 mark. Goals by Phillips and sophomore Brenna Bauer (Rochester, N.Y./Brighton) increased the Dolphin lead to 4-0 less than eight minutes into the game.

Following a Merrimack timeout, the Warrior broke through with a goal from Mary Pasquantonio, cutting the Dolphin lead to 4-1. Brigandi scored the Dolphins' next three goals, sandwiched around a free-position goal from Pasquantonio, to give the Dolphins a 7-2 advantage midway through the first period.

The Warriors closed the gap to 7-6 with four consecutive goals by four different players to trim the lead down to just one with under five minutes to play in the first half. Le Moyne responded with three goals over the final four-plus minutes to take a 10-7 lead into halftime.

The second half was all Le Moyne as the Dolphins took control of the game scoring ten unanswered goals. Phillips scored back-to-back goals to open the second half, pushing the Le Moyne lead to five at 12-7. Brigandi scored the next four goals over a span of 6:39 and recorded her program-record ninth goal of the game. The previous record was held by Liz Hewitt '06 as she scored eight goals in a game against Niagara on April 24, 2005.

Mia Valletta (Niskayuna, N.Y./Niskayuna) scored her 17th goal of the season at the 12:43 mark to give the Dolphins a 17-7 advantage. Following a Bauer goal off a pass from Phillips, freshman Victoria Nies (Syracuse, N.Y./Jamesville-DeWitt) added the Dolphins' final two goals of the game. Two late goals from Merrimack's Colleen Strachan cut the Dolphin lead to 20-9 before the final whistle.

Ranking among the nation's elite in goals against average and save percentage, junior Kelly Fucillo (Camillus, N.Y./West Genesee) picked up with win in goal for Le Moyne, recording seven saves on the day.

Le Moyne (8-1, 4-1 NE-10), which scored 20 goals for the second time in as many games, returns to action on Saturday, April 9th as it hosts Southern New Hampshire at 11:00 a.m. at the Athletic Turf Complex.

2011-04-03



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