#2 Le Moyne Downs Stonehill in NE10 Semifinals

Garden City, N.Y. Junior all-conference attacker Brittany Brigandi (Syracuse, N.Y./Christian Brothers Academy/UMass) scored five goals and dished out an assist to lead second-seeded Le Moyne to a 15-7 win over third-seeded Stonehill in the semifinals of the Northeast-10 Championships on Saturday afternoon at Adelphi's Motamed Field.

The Dolphins advance to the Championship game on Sunday at 12:00 p.m against top-ranked and top-seeded Adelphi, which defeated Merrimack, 24-10, in the day's first semifinal game.

Brigandi got the Dolphins on the board first by scoring her 70th goal of the season 1:36 into the game. After Heather Sullivan evened the score at one three minutes later off a pass from Kelsey Shannahan, the Dolphins scored three times in a span of 90 seconds.

Senior all-conference midfielder Rebekah Elmer (Syracuse, N.Y./West Genesee) scored 19 seconds after Sullivan's goal to regain the lead for the Dolphins. Just 72 seconds later, senior midfielder Nerissa Barzee (Baldwinsville, N.Y./C.W. Baker) netted an unassisted goal. Barzee scored her 17th goal of the season 18 seconds later off a pass from sophomore Brenna Bauer (Rochester, N.Y./Brighton).

Hannah Anderson trimmed Le Moyne's lead to 4-2 with 23:12 remaining in the first half off a pass from Sarah Galligan, but the Dolphins scored the final eight goals of the half to take a 12-2 lead into the intermission. Bauer gave Le Moyne at 5-2 lead with 21:03 left after taking a feed from senior all-conference midfielder Mia Valletta (Niskayuna, N.Y./Niskayuna).

Elmer followed with her second goal of the contest off a free-position shot, while Brigandi converted a free-position shot of her own at the 18:27 mark to make the score 7-2. Senior attacker Michelle Phillips (Johnson City, N.Y./Maine-Endwell) followed 29 seconds later with her 37th goal of the year off a pass from Elmer.

After Brigandi completed her hat trick at the 17:01 mark, senior Leah Lazarz (Liverpool, N.Y./Liverpool) put the Dolphins into double-digits. Brigandi closed out the half by scoring twice over the final 1:04 of the stanza. Her fourth goal of the half tied the program's record for points in a single-season, while her fifth with two seconds left eclipsed the mark of 90 set by Amanda Keegan '07 during the 2007 season.

Bauer started the scoring in second half by finishing off a pass from Brigandi with 25:22 remaining to give the Dolphins their largest lead of the game. Jessica Guisti got the Skyhawks back within 10 by scoring off a feed from Mary Lee Mahony. Lazarz put the lead back to 11 with 17:42 to go by netting her ninth goal of the campaign.

Stonehill scored four of the final five goals to deliver the final score. Anderson netted her second goal of the afternoon with 15:46 left off a free-position shot. Just over three minutes later, Kelsey Reilly converted a feed from Anderson to make the score 14-5.

Sophomore attacker Kelly Condon (Victor, N.Y./Canandaigua) regained the double-digit lead for the Dolphins with 10:32 left off a free-position shot. After almost nine minutes of scoreless action, Anderson registered another free-position goal, while Sullivan capped the game's scoring with a free-position goal with 14 seconds left.

Junior goalkeeper Kelly Fucillo (Camillus, N.Y./West Genesee) posted three saves in each half to record the win over the Skyhawks for the second straight Saturday. Rebecca Moore posted six saves, including five in the second half, in the setback for Stonehill.

Le Moyne (17-1), which won its program record-tying 13th straight game (previous 13-game streak came during 2007 season), was edged by Adelphi, 11-9, in the regular season match-up between the two teams on March 23rd.

2011-05-07



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