Strong Second Half Carries Bryant Past the Mount

EMMITSBURG, Md. Bryant scored seven of the first nine goals of the second half to come from behind to defeat Mount St. Mary's, 12-10, in Northeast Conference (NEC) action on Thursday.

Kaitlyn Larrimore (Pylesville, Md./North Harford) paced the Mount (4-9, 3-2 NEC) with a hat trick while Erin Seipp (Towson, Md./Notre Dame Preparatory) tallied a goal and an assist. Bridget McGann (Highlands Ranch, Colo./Regis Jesuit) and Aubrey Rubino (Allendale, N.J./Northern Highlands Regional) each registered a career-high two tallies in the loss.

Goalkeeper Lauren Flippone made six saves in both halves to finish the match with 12 stops for the Bulldogs (3-8, 2-2 NEC) while Haley Bloom paced the offense with five goals. Katherine Keckkeisen, Lauren Sheridan and Skylar Zlotnick each posted two goals in the winning effort.

Bryant used a seven goal second half to rally from a two-goal halftime margin and hold on for its first win against Mount St. Mary's in three tries.

After Larrimore capped a three-goal run over the two halves with an unassisted tally at 33:51, the Bulldogs scored the next four markers to take the lead for good.

Bloom started the decisive run with back-to-back tallies at 36:58 and 37:37 before Keckeisen found the twine twice at 39:15 and 41:19 to cap a 4-0 run against Bryant a 9-7 lead.

Larrimore momentarily halted the spurt with her 26 goal of the season off a feed from Seipp at 45:34 to trim the margin to 9-8.

The Bulldogs responded to score the next three markers after Bloom (46:51) scored unassisted and Zlotnick (52:36) and Sheridan (58:16) each converted free-position attempts for a 12-8 lead.

Mount St. Mary's tried to make it interesting in the final 76 seconds after McGann found the twine off a pass from Jen Semler (Baltimore, Md./Perry Hall) at 58:44 and Rubino notched an 8-meter tally with 55 seconds left to make it a two-goal game. The Mount got the ensuing draw control, but turned the ball over and could get no closer.

During Bryant's 7-1 run, the Mountaineers had six shots, one goal, three draw controls and three turnovers. Flippone made four of six saves in the second half during the 24 minute, 25 second span.

The Bulldogs jumped out to a 1-0 lead after Bloom converted a free-position attempt at 2:09.

Mount St. Mary's tied the game after Seipp connected with Esther Rufolo (Woodstock, Md./Chapelgate Christian Academy) at 3:03.

After Bloom gave Bryant a 2-1 edge on an unassisted marker at 11:39, the Mount scored the next three goals to grab a 4-2 margin. Larrimore (15:40), Seipp (16:58) and Semler (19:47) each found the twine to give the Mountaineers the advantage.

The Bulldogs came roaring back with a 3-0 run of their own to retake a one-goal lead at 5-4 with 5:11 left in the first half. Sheridan (22:09) and Zlotnick (23:28) each converted an 8-meter chance and Lisa Vendel (24:49) capped the surge with an unassisted goal.

Rubino tied the game unassisted at the 27-minute mark and McGann gave Mount St. Mary's a 6-5 lead at break on a free-position tally at 28:34. Larrimore increased the lead to 7-5 at 33:51, but Bryant went on a 7-1 run and held on for the victory.

Brigid McTavish (Mount Airy, Md./South Carroll) made five saves for the Mount. Gabe Little (Hampstead, Md./North Carroll) paced the defense with three caused turnovers and three ground balls. Lindsay Diaz (Timonium, Md./Dulaney) scooped up six draw controls and three ground balls in the loss.

Mount St. Mary's returns to action against Central Connecticut State at Waldron Family Stadium on Saturday. Game time is 1:00 p.m. The game marks the final regular season home game for the Mount and the squad will honor seniors McTavish, Rufolo, Semler, Meaghan Conlon (Eldersburg, Md./Liberty) and Sarah Jane Leder (Manalapan, N.J./Colts Neck). The Blue Devils, who lost 12-7 at Monmouth on Thursday, are coached by 2006 Mount St. Mary's graduate Kelly Nangle, who is in her first season in New Britain.


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