Second Half Surge Sends Lions Past Griffins

Lafayette Hill, Pa. - (3/15/2014) What was a 7-5 contest at intermission turned into a one-sided affair in the second half as Molloy College separated from Chestnut Hill College for a 17-8 win.

Freshman goalkeeper Katie Joe Lang (Manassas, Va.) kept the first half competitive, but the Lions refocused their efforts in the closing frame and took a 14-5 advantage before sophomore midfielder Emorie Keimig (Freeland, Md.) and the Griffins could provide an answer.

Molloy College (3-3) was first on the scoreboard, but Chestnut Hill College (0-5) quickly seized the momentum with freshman midfielder Jacklyn O'Leary (East Meadow, N.Y.), Keimig, and freshman midfielder Lea Sanders (North Merrick, N.Y.) depositing the contest's next three tallies, 3-1 (15:08). But the next two scores came from the Lions crosses and knotted the contest at 3-3 a little more than three minutes later (11:48).

A goal from freshman midfielder Alicia Herbert (Little Egg Harbor, N.J.) briefly gave the Griffins a 4-3 lead, unfortunately, four straight Lion scores led the visitor to a 7-5 halftime spread. The Lions continued to extend their advantage in the second half, netting seven consecutive goals en route to a 14-5 edge. The Griffins mustered a late rally with Keimig and Sanders scoring back-to-back at 11:47, 14-6, and 11:24, 14-7, respectively, but the effort was soon silenced with the Lions outscoring the home team 3-1 to the final buzzer, 17-8.

The Lions got four points apiece from senior midfielder Samantha Arlotta (Garden City Park, N.Y.) and sophomore midfielder Katie O'Brien (Oyster Bay, N.Y.); Arlotta scored four goals to go along with a ground ball and two draws, while O'Brien added a ground ball and three draws to three goals and an assist. Four others recorded multiple points.

Freshman midfielder Cooper Sesselman (Lindenhurst, N.Y.) led the defensive effort, recording two caused turnovers and two ground balls in addition to her assist and three draws. Sophomore goalkeeper Caroline Winters (Baldwin, N.Y.) made 13 saves, recovered three ground balls, and caused a turnover in the win (3-3).

Keimig totaled two goals, an assist, two ground balls, three draws, and two caused turnovers as the Griffins top performer. Sanders and O'Leary each scored twice as well while in goal, Lang totaled 17 saves and a ground ball in the loss (0-5).

The women's lacrosse team plays next on Tuesday, March 18, when they host the University of Bridgeport in a 4:00 p.m. contest.


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