Guilford Edged by Farmingdale in High-Scoring Contest

GREENSBORO, N.C. Nicole Marzocca scored her sixth goal of the game with 6:48 left in regulation to give visiting the Farmingdale State an exciting 20-18 lacrosse win at Guilford Wednesday night.

Marzocca's game-winner broke an 18-18 deadlock, the game's 10th and final tie, and marked the tilt's seventh lead change. Teammate Brittany Rosino, who scored the game-tying score just over two minutes earlier, added an insurance goal with 5:18 to play. The final score marked the only two-goal margin of the second half.

Following a Guilford timeout, Farmingdale (9-1) won the ensuing draw and effectively ran out the clock. The Rams did not attempt a shot and turned the ball over just once in the remaining time. When Guilford did gain possession, Farmingdale forced a quick Quakers' turnover with 49 seconds left and never lost the ball again.

Rosino finished with five goals and teammate Christy Thoden added four tallies and a game-high five assists. Thoden also won 10 draw controls as Farmingdale matched Guilford, the NCAA Division III leaders in draws per game, with 20 pickups apiece. Marzocca added two assists and finished with eight points. Despite allowing 18 goals, Rams' goaltender Krista Spagnoletta made 15 saves, including six on free-position shots, which contributed to the Quakers' two for 11 shooting on free-position plays.

Guilford's Lily Colley led all scorers with 10 points on a game-high seven goals and three assists. She also had six ground balls. E'leyna Garcia finished with seven points on six goals and an assist. She also collected seven draw controls, had three ground balls and caused two turnovers. Becca Colley added two scores, a game-high seven ground balls and four draws.

The Quakers (5-3) resume Old Dominion Athletic Conference play Saturday at home versus Sweet Briar College. Opening draw is 1:00 p.m.

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Greensboro, N.C. - After holding Guilford scoreless over the final nine minutes, Farmingdale State came away with a 20-18 victory on Thursday night at the Armfield Athletic Center in Greensboro, North Carolina.

A high scoring first half with five ties and three lead changes, the teams were tied 13-13 at the break. The Rams opened the scoring in the second half with a goal from junior midfielder Christy Thoden (Bayport, N.Y.), assisted by sophomore attack Janisha Sanchez (Brentwood, N.Y.) for the 14-13 lead.

Guilford answered with two straight goals for the 15-14 edge, before Farmingdale State scored the next two to grab back the 16-15 advantage. Guilford again scored two straight to take a 17-16 lead, but junior Nicole Marzocca (North Babylon, N.Y.) would tie the game at 17-17 with 10:22 left to play.

Thirty seconds later, Guilford's Lily Colley gave her team their final lead, 18-17, and Farmingdale State freshman attack Brittany Rosino (North Babylon, N.Y.) tied it again at 18-18 just a minute later. Over the final nine minutes, the Rams controlled the ball and scored two more with the game-winner by Marzocca assisted by Thoden and the insurance goal from Rosino assisted by junior attack Jackie Kennedy (Massapequa Park, N.Y.).

For Farmingdale State, Marzocca led with six goals, two assists and two draws, while Thoden had four goals, five assists and 10 draw controls. Rosino scored a career-high five goals, sophomore defender Sara Rivadeneyra (Ridge, N.Y.) grabbed a game-high five ground balls.

Freshman goalkeeper Krista Spagnoletta (West Islip, N.Y.) finished with 15 saves for the win.

The Rams will now host Maritime College on Saturday, March 29th in a Skyline Conference game at 1:00 p.m.


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