St. John Fisher Offense Too Much for Vassar

WEST PALM BEACH, FL (March 9, 2012) An explosive St. John Fisher team broke out to a 12-5 halftime lead and kept a determined Vassar College women's lacrosse team at bay in registering a 20-9 victory in the final SpringFling game for the Brewers on Friday morning.

Leading 16-9 with eight minutes to play, the Cardinals tacked on four goals when the Brewers made several defensive adjustments to open the field and change the game's tempo. The game's outcome was not indicative of the a tight first half, one that saw the Brewers trail only 5-4 after a goal by junior midfielder Marissa Reilly with 19:28 until intermission.

The Cardinals were able to go on a game-changing run in the final 12 minutes of the first half and the first six minutes of the second half. Fisher tallied nine of the games next 10 goals to take a 14-5 lead with just under 25 minutes to play.

Vassar stands at 2-1, while Fisher improved to 2-0. The Brewers will next travel to Oneonta State on Friday, March 16 for a 4:00 p.m. game. Fisher travels to Buffalo State on March 13 for a 4:00 p.m. game.

The Brewers made a concerted effort at a comeback, getting three second half goals from sophomore defenseman Emma Carter. Back to back goals from Carter and senior midfielder Elizabeth Feltch got the Brewers within 16-9 with 8 minutes to play.

"We made some defensive changes to stretch out our defense that allowed Fisher to tack on a few late goals," said head coach Judy Finerghty. "We played a good game against a very strong team. We were unselfish and played as a team. We had played three very strong games in Florida."

The Brewers led in ground balls, 16-14.

Vassar played a trio of goalies, with freshman Katharine Pula taking the loss in a six save effort. Fisher sophomore attack Taylor Hughes had six goals, four coming in the second half.

Cardinals junior goalie Molly Naylon made 10 saves against 24 Vassar shots.

2012-03-09



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