No. 1 Le Moyne Shuts Down Bentley in Northeast-10 Semifinals

Syracuse, N.Y. All-Conference attacker Kathleen Conese (Liverpool, N.Y./Liverpool) registered a career-best six points on a career-high five goals and one assist to lead top-ranked Le Moyne to a 12-2 win over ninth-ranked Bentley on Saturday afternoon in the Northeast-10 semifinals at the Thomas J. Niland Athletic Complex.

With the victory, the Dolphins advance to the conference championship game for the second straight year. The Dolphins will face second-ranked Adelphi - a 12-11 overtime winner over Stonehill in the other semifinal contest on Sunday at 3:00 p.m. In the regular season meeting in Garden City, the Dolphins defeated the Panthers, 11-10.

First team all-conference attacker Brenna Bauer (Rochester, N.Y./Brighton) got the Dolphins on the scoreboard first with her 49th goal of the season just 71 seconds into the contest.

The Falcons, who defeated New Haven on Wednesday in the first round of the conference championship, evened the score with 26:34 left in the first half as Cori Geiger registered her 38th goal of the year.

After almost five minutes of scoreless action, the Dolphins took the lead for good on a goal in transition with 21:36 remaining. Northeast-10 Player of the Year Brittany Brigandi (Syracuse, N.Y./Christian Brothers Academy/UMass) carried the ball across the restraining line, passed to junior attacker Kelly Condon (Canandaigua, N.Y./Canandaigua), who sent a pass to Bauer just off the crease for her 50th tally of the campaign, just the fifth 50-goal season in the program's history.

Condon gave the Dolphins a two-goal lead by converting a free-position shot with 17:15 left in the half. Conese netted her first goal of the game with 10:26 to go after cutting to the left edge of the crease from behind the cage and taking a feed from Bauer. Condon finished the scoring in the half with her 27th goal of the season with 6:45 remaining.

Conese scored twice in the opening 6:46 of the second half to extend Le Moyne's run to six straight goals. She tallied the first goal after circling in front of the cage, taking a pass from all-conference junior midfielder Gabrielle Kamide (Deferiet, N.Y./Carthage) and firing a low shot inside the left post at the 25:42 mark. Conese netted her 35th goal of the season with 23:14 left to give the Dolphins a 7-1 lead.

Carolyn Kynoch ended her team's scoreless drought of 39 minutes and 48 seconds by converting a free-position shot from in front of the goal with 16:46 left.

Conese got the goal back 2:12 later by registering a free-position goal of her own. Off a foul on the ensuing draw, Brigandi passed the ball up field to Conese, who turned and fed Condon eight yards from the goal on the right side for her 28th marker of the season. The junior put in her team fourth goal of the day and Le Moyne's 10th with 11:03 left on a free-position shot. Freshman midfielder Anna Daucher (Liverpool, N.Y./Liverpool) registered her 12th goal of the campaign with 5:56 left after a drive from the right side. Conese capped the game's scoring with 1:14 left with her 37th goal of the year.

Northeast-10 Conference Goalkeeper of the Year Kelly Fucillo (Camillus, N.Y./West Genesee) made 10 saves in between the pipes to register her 16th win of the year, the second-most in the program's history (trails only last year's 18). Ally Dorman stopped 13 shots in the setback for the Falcons.

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SYRACUSE, N.Y. Behind five goals from sophomore attack Kathleen Conese and four from junior attack Kelly Condon, No. 1 Le Moyne defeated Bentley 12-2 in the Northeast-10 semifinals on Saturday in Syracuse.

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