Brigandi Sets Record as #2 Le Moyne Routs AIC

Syracuse, N.Y. Junior midfielder Brittany Brigandi (Syracuse, N.Y./Christian Brothers Academy/UMass) scored four goals to break the Le Moyne single-season goal record as the second-ranked Dolphins defeated American International, 20-1, in Northeast-10 Conference action on Tuesday afternoon at the Thomas J. Niland Athletic Complex.

Due to lightning and inclement weather, the start of the game was delayed for over 45 minutes and once the game was started, the halves were shortened to 24 minutes each due to the threat of more lightning and inclement weather.

The Dolphins scored four times over the opening five minutes and 24 seconds before the game was halted due to lightning. Brigandi opened the game's scoring with an unassisted goal 1:20 into the game off a drive from in front of the goal. Just under two minutes later, senior attacker Michelle Phillips (Johnson City, N.Y./Maine-Endwell) tallied her 31st goal of the season by coming around the left side of the goal from behind.

Phillips added a second unassisted goal sixty seconds later to make the score 3-0 with 19:50 left in the half. Senior Rebekah Elmer (Syracuse, N.Y./West Genesee) tallied her career high-tying 34th goal of the season with 18:36 left off a pass from the right side by freshman Victoria Nies (Syracuse, N.Y./Jamesville-DeWitt) before the game was delayed for another 45 minutes.

Once the game was restarted, the Dolphins scored six times in less than eight minutes to take a 10-0 lead. Senior Mia Valletta (Niskayuna, N.Y./Niskayuna) gave the Dolphins a 5-0 lead with her 25th goal of the season at the 17:11 mark. She added her second goal of the contest 55 seconds later off a feed from Elmer.

Sophomore Kelly Condon (Victor, N.Y./Canandaigua) got into the scoring column with 15:30 left off a pass from Phillips. Valletta caught the ensuing draw and raced in uncontested for her third goal in a span 1:51. Just over a minute later, sophomore Gabrielle Kamide (Deferiet, N.Y./Carthage) scored off a free-position shot for her sixth tally of the campaign. Brigandi then gave the Dolphins a double-digit lead with 10:48 remaining in the stanza.

Brigandi then scored twice in a span of 63 seconds to tie and break the single-season record previously set by Amanda Keegan '07 during the 2007 season. Her 62nd goal of the season came off a pass from senior Leah Lazarz (Liverpool, N.Y./Liverpool) with 9:25 remaining, while her record-setting 63rd goal was off a feed from Elmer with 8:22 to go.

Elmer put the Dolphins up 13 with her 35th goal of the year off a feed from sophomore Brenna Bauer (Rochester, N.Y./Brighton) with 7:25 left in the half. Following six minutes of scoreless action, Valletta registered her fourth goal of the game. Condon capped the scoring in the half by converting a bounce shot from left of the cage off a pass from Elmer.

The Dolphins scored three times in the opening 12 minutes of the second half before the Yellow Jackets got on the scoreboard. Valletta scored the first at the 20:19 mark, while senior Nerissa Barzee (Baldwinsville, N.Y./C.W. Baker) scored twice in a span of 1:13. Her 14th goal of the season came off a free-position shot, while Condon assisted on the game's 18th goal.

Ashleigh Szawlowski netted AIC's lone goal with 9:38 remaining in the game off a free-position shot.

Sophomore Kathryn Barry (Syracuse, N.Y./Onondaga) and Bauer closed out the game's scoring over the final 7:49, while Lazarz and Condon picked up assists.

Junior goalkeeper Kelly Fucillo (Camillus, N.Y./West Genesee) made one save to record the win for the Dolphins. Gina Gallo registered four saves in taking the loss for the Yellow Jackets.

Le Moyne (15-1, NE-10 10-1) closes out the regular season on Saturday at #5 Stonehill at 11:30 a.m. The winner of the match-up will earn the second seed and a first-round bye in the Northeast-10 Conference tournament.

2011-04-26



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