#10 Le Moyne Holds off Saint Anselm Comeback

Syracuse, N.Y. Attackers Marley Ciferri (Ithaca, N.Y./Ithaca/Syracuse) and Kathleen Conese (Liverpool, N.Y./Liverpool) each posted two goals and two assists to lead the 10th-ranked Le Moyne lacrosse team to a 10-9 win over 15th-ranked Saint Anselm on Saturday afternoon in Northeast-10 Conference action at Ted Grant Field.

The Dolphins jumped out to a 2-0 lead with a pair of goals 14 seconds apart just under six minutes into the contest. Ciferri got the Dolphins on the scoreboard from the left edge of the crease at the 24:15 mark after a drive from the left side. After Ciferri controlled the ensuing draw, freshman midfielder Amari Pollard (Baldwinsville, N.Y./C.W. Baker) converted a free-position shot from in front of the net.

Sarah Doherty got the Hawks on the scoreboard with 21:37 left with a shot from in front of the goal after taking a pass from the left side from Kaitlyn Stazinski.

Le Moyne answered back just over three minutes later as senior midfielder Victoria Nies (Syracuse, N.Y./Jamesville-DeWitt) took a pass from the right side from junior attacker Catie McKay (Penfield, N.Y./Our Lady of Mercy) and spun back to the left for a shot from the center of the crease.

Following a false start by the Dolphins on a free-position shot, Erin Marshall took the ball coast-to-coast to net her 22nd goal of the season with 16:10 left.

Ciferri and Conese connected for the first time with 15:00 remaining for the final goal of the first half. After Conese drove from the left side to the center of the field, she sent a pass to Ciferri on the left edge of the crease, where she deposited her 12th goal of the campaign.

The last 15 minutes of the half featured four turnovers by each team and five total saves by the goalkeepers.

The Dolphins doubled their halftime lead with a pair of goals over the opening 3:28 of the second half. Sophomore attacker Claire Monnat (Baldwinsville, N.Y./C.W. Baker) gave her team a 5-2 edge by finishing off a feed from McKay with 27:27 left, while Pollard netted a free-position goal 55 seconds later.

Saint Anselm countered with a pair of goals 28 seconds apart to pull back within two. Caitlin Villareal converted a free-position shot with 22:22 left for the first goal. After Villareal picked off a Le Moyne clearing pass and hit the post with a shot, Marissa Daly, the second-leading scorer in the conference, picked up the rebound and dumped it into the back of the net for her 52nd goal of the season.

The Dolphins responded with four goals in a span of 3:52 to push their lead to 10-4 with 15:52 remaining. After weaving through three Saint Anselm defenders, Conese flicked a pass to the left edge of the crease to Monnat for her 22nd goal of the year with 19:44 remaining.

McKay got into the scoring column 81 seconds later with a shot from the right side after taking a feed from Ciferri. Only 31 seconds later, Ciferri sent a pass across the crease to Conese, who tallied her 18th goal of the season from the left edge of the crease. Conese finished off Le Moyne's scoring with an unassisted goal with 15:52 left after driving to the center of the field from the left side and firing a 10-yard shot into the back of the net.

Following a save by Saint Anselm goalkeeper Allee Ramzi, the Hawks started their comeback. Kelly Pickett tallied the first goal off a free-position shot with 12:01 remaining. Just 28 seconds later, Villareal netted her second free-position goal of the contest.

After 6:42 of scoreless action, Marshall recorded her second goal of the day to pull the Hawks within 10-7 and force a Le Moyne timeout with 4:51 to go. Saint Anselm cut its deficit to two only 26 seconds later as Daly finished off a feed from Katie McKenna in front of the crease. Following an almost 90-second possession, Marshall tallied her third goal of the game with a drive to the right side of the crease with 2:58 to go.

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