#1 Le Moyne Holds off #11 Merrimack for One-Goal Win

Syracuse, N.Y. Senior midfielder Brittany Brigandi (Syracuse, N.Y./Christian Brothers Academy/UMass) tallied three goals and an assist to lead #1-ranked Le Moyne to an 8-7 win over 11th-ranked Merrimack on Saturday afternoon in Northeast-10 Conference action at the Thomas J. Niland Athletic Complex.

The Dolphins got on the scoreboard first with two goals in the first 4:39 of the game. Junior attacker Kelly Condon (Canandaigua, N.Y./Canandaigua) registered her 10th goal of the season on a free-position shot at the 26:10 mark. Brigandi scored off a free-position shot of her own 49 seconds later from the left side of the arc.

The Warriors scored three of the game's next four goals to even the score at three apiece. Alicia Tinsley got her team in the scoring column off a feed in transition from Colleen Strachan with 22:33 remaining in the first half. Junior attacker Brenna Bauer (Rochester, N.Y./Brighton) regained the two-goal lead for the Dolphins by converting a free-position shot with 20:10 remaining. Tyler Szymanski posted an unassisted goal with 18:24 left to make the score 3-2, while Olivia Huie tallied an unassisted goal at the 15:02 mark to knot the score.

The teams then traded 2-0 runs to head into the intermission deadlocked at five. Bauer registered her 14th goal of the campaign off a pass from sophomore attacker Kathleen Conese (Liverpool, N.Y./Liverpool) at the 13:09 mark. Junior midfielder Gabrielle Kamide (Deferiet, N.Y./Carthage) extended Le Moyne's lead to 5-3 with 11:50 to go with an unassisted tally. Jenn Pino then scored twice in a span of 36 seconds to even the score at five. Her first came off a free-position shot with 9:33 left, while the second was unassisted at the 8:57 mark.

The Dolphins regained the lead with the first two goals of the second half. Brigandi scored from 10 yards out off a drive from 25 yards out to give the Dolphins the lead for good 1:16 into the half. Just under 11 and one-half minutes later, Brigandi came around the goal on the left side, rolled inside her defender and fired her 28th goal of the campaign into the back of the net. With the goal, Brigandi moves past current graduate assistant coach Rebekah Elmer '11 and into sixth place on the program's all-time points list with 171.

Liz Greeley pulled the Warriors within 7-6 with 10:08 remaining in the contest by scoring off a free-position shot.

Bauer increased Le Moyne's lead to 8-6 with 5:32 to go by placing a shot inside the right post off a handoff from Brigandi on the left side.

Tinsley netted her second goal of the day with 48 seconds remaining off a feed from Pino following a Le Moyne foul. Pino had a pair of free-position shots in the final 36 seconds, but senior goalkeeper Kelly Fucillo (Camillus, N.Y./West Genesee) made the save both times.

Fucillo finished the game with eight saves to record the win between the pipes. Sam Kiesel turned away 11 Le Moyne shots in the setback.

Le Moyne (7-0, 4-0 NE-10), which scored its fewest goals since a 17-6 setback at Boston College on May 1, 2010 and recorded its first win when scoring in single digits since an 8-4 triumph over Iona on April 13, 2008, returns to action on Sunday against Bentley at 12:00 p.m.


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