Long Island Falls to Bryant in Season Finale

Brooklyn, N.Y. Long Island University fell to Bryant, 18-8, on Sunday afternoon at LIU Field in the final Northeast Conference contest of the regular season. The Blackbirds got within a goal in the early going, but the Bulldogs scored nine straight goals at one point to pull away. Seniors Sara LaNoir and Jenna Schauder and freshman Shakoya Smith each had two goals for LIU.

Bryant (8-8, 7-2 NEC) jumped out to a 4-0 lead at the 22:23 mark of the opening period before LIU stormed back. Smith scored on an unassisted effort to open a run of three unanswered goals for the Blackbirds. Freshman Katie Williams followed with a free position goal, before sophomore Caitlin Farrell assisted on a goal by freshman Ashley Delaney to make it 4-3 at the 16:11 mark.

The Bulldogs used a timeout to slow LIU's momentum and responded with three straight goals to build a 7-3 margin. Schauder momentarily halted the Bryant run before Lisa Vendel and Kimberley Sniffen each scored to push Bryant's lead to 9-4.

LaNoir got LIU back on the scoreboard with back-to-back goals to make it 9-6 with 2:07 left in the half, but Bryant managed to tack on two more scores before halftime. Haley Bloom scored with 30 seconds remaining and Lindsay Gilfeather converted just before the whistle to make it 11-6 at the intermission.

The Bulldogs continued to click on offense and scored seven straight goals to open the second half to push the lead to double-digits. Schauder and Smith each scored for Long Island to end the Bryant run and make it 18-8 with 3:55 to play, but neither team was able to score from there.

LaNoir led LIU with four ground balls, while Farrell collected a team-high two caused turnovers. Junior Jacqueline Simonian and redshirt freshman Gina Haber split time in goal and each had one save.

Lauren Sheridan led Bryant with four goals, while Bloom had three goals and two assists. Lauren Filippone made seven saves and picked up six ground balls to anchor a solid defensive effort.

Senior Annie Kalata finished the season with a team-high 28 points and 26 goals for Long Island. Williams, Smith and LaNoir each finished with 24 draw controls, while Simonian led the team with 33 ground balls. LaNoir also caused 17 turnovers to lead the Blackbirds.

The Northeast Conference Tournament will be played on April 29 and May 1. The top four teams in the regular season standings will qualify for the right to represent the league in the NCAA Tournament.


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