Blackbirds Silenced by Central Connecticut

Brooklyn, N.Y. Long Island University raced out to an early lead, but could not maintain the momentum and fell to Central Connecticut State, 21-11, on Thursday afternoon at LIU Field. Freshmen Shakoya Smith and Katie Williams led the offense with three goals apiece.

The teams traded goals in the early going, with senior Annie Kalata and Smith scoring for Long Island (1-14, 1-7 NEC) to make it 2-2 with 26:29 remaining in the opening half. Senior Jenna Schauder converted an unassisted effort to give LIU a 3-2 lead at the 21:04 mark.

Central Connecticut State (7-8, 2-6 NEC) responded with a 5-1 run to take the lead for good. Following a Michele Conway goal, Betsy Vendel converted back-to-back tallies to make it 5-3. A goal by Smith interrupted the spurt before two more CCSU goals made it 9-5 with 5:34 left in the half. A goal by freshman Kimberly Kovar with 1:55 left in the half made it 9-6 at the intermission.

Senior Sara LaNoir got LIU within 9-7 in the opening minute of the second half, but CCSU came back with three two-goal spurts that were on either side of a Williams goal that made it 15-9 midway through the period. Another goal by Williams got the Blackbirds within five goals, but the Blue Devils pulled away with four straight goals to push its lead to 19-9. A goal by senior Jenna Schauder momentarily interrupted the CCSU surge, but two goals over the final 7:03 by Ashley Perkoski and Conway closed out the scoring in the contest.

Smith added a team-high four draw controls for Long Island, while Schauder and Williams each caused two turnovers. Junior Jacqueline Simonian made eight saves and collected four ground balls, while redshirt freshman Gina Haber made nine saves in the second half.

Mackenzy Ryan led CCSU with five goals and three assists on the afternoon, while Vendel added two goals, four assists and had a team-high five draw controls. Erin Delancey made nine saves

The Blackbirds close the season against Bryant on Saturday, April 23, at 2:00 p.m. Prior to the contest, LIU will honor its seniors: Kalata, Schauder, Sara LaNoir and Felicia Reynolds.


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