Niagara Defeats Detroit in Final Non-Conference Matchup

NIAGARA UNIV., N.Y. Junior Carrie-Jo Farrugia and senior Maria Battista each pocketed three goals and an assist to lead Niagara to a 14-4 victory against the Detroit Titans on Wednesday afternoon.

It was the Purple Eagles' fourth victory of the season, pushing their record to 4-5 overall, while the Titans fell to 1-9 on the season overall.

"Today was a great team effort. We were able to set the tone early and played our game throughout, head coach Wendy Stone said. "I was very pleased with the progress we displayed on both ends of the field, and we will look to improve our effort next time out."

Freshman Taylor Wolf finished with three points off a trio of goals, while Junior Brittany Delano and sophomore Jaclyn Schreiber each added two points apiece (one goal, one assist). Sophomores Danielle Maio and Kristen Winter, as well as junior Brittany Delano and senior Paige Matecki each contributed one goal on the afternoon.

After Niagara jumped out to a 3-0 lead to start the first period, Michaela Schwartz netted the Titans' first goal with 20:37 remaining in the half. Farrugia answered with her first two tallies of the game, capitalizing on a pair of free position attempts within a 44 second span to put the Purple and White ahead by four goals.

After Erin Campbell added to Detroit's goal count with less than 10 minutes on the clock, the game remaining scoreless for the next five minutes until Wolf broke the scoreless droubt with 2:23 remaining to extend its lead, 6-2. Battista would tally her second of the game and the half's final goal to make it a 7-2 game heading into the break.

Battista continued to add to the Purple Eagles' lead with a goal just over two minutes into the second half. After the senior's third and final goal Niagara continued to tighten its hold on the lead with a pair of Niagara's scores courtesy of Maio and Wolf.

Tessa Keuler stopped the Purple Eagles' three-goal run with 11:50 remaining in the contest, but Niagara proceeded to score three more unanswered goals to give itself a healthy 13-3 lead in the game with 7:10 left. Campbell scored the Titans' final goal of the game at 5:20, but Wolf would stretch the lead to a 10-goal advantage over Detroit with her third of the game.

Starting freshman goalie Andrea Francisco made nine saves in net for the Purple Eagles, while her counterpart, Lexie McCormick turned away 10 Niagara shots.

Niagara held the advantage in all departments, outshooting the Titans' 27-to-19 on the game and winning 15 draw controls compared to Detroit's five wins. The ground ball race was also won by the Purple Eagles as NU held a 29-to-26 advantage.

The Purple Eagles set out on a two-game road trip on Saturday, April 5th when Niagara takes on MAAC opponent the Monmouth Hawks at West Long Branch, NJ. Opening draw is scheduled for noon.

2014-04-02



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