No. 9 Dolphins Pick Up NE-10 Victory Over the Owls

New Haven, Conn. Sophomore attacker Maggie Monnat (Baldwinsville, N.Y./C.W. Baker) registered a career-best seven points to lead the ninth-ranked Le Moyne lacrosse team to an 18-6 win at Southern Connecticut on Tuesday afternoon in Northeast-10 Conference action at Jess Dow Field.

The Dolphins opened the game with five goals over the first 11 minutes. Senior midfielder Victoria Nies (Syracuse, N.Y./Jamesville-DeWitt) started the scoring just 85 seconds into the game by finishing off a feed from graduate student attacker Marley Ciferri (Ithaca, N.Y./Ithaca/Syracuse).

After senior defender Megan Collins (Baldwinsville, N.Y./C.W. Baker) caused a turnover on a Southern Connecticut clear attempt, freshman midfielder Amari Pollard (Baldwinsville, N.Y./C.W. Baker) netted her 18th goal of the season with 27:53 left. Just under three and one-half minutes later, junior attacker Catie McKay (Penfield, N.Y./Our Lady of Mercy) recorded an unassisted goal after Pollard picked up a loose ball off a Southern Connecticut turnover.

Sophomore midfielder Kaitlyn Armstrong (Oswego, N.Y./Oswego) converted a free-position shot with 20:51 left for a 4-0 lead, while freshman midfielder Molly McGuane (Marcellus, N.Y./Marcellus) finished off a pass from Monnat 1:37 later.

Southern Connecticut scored twice in a span of 54 seconds to cut its deficit to three. Emily Tooker got the Owls on the scoreboard with 17:53 left, while Emily Horan followed with an unassisted goal.

Le Moyne scored the final six goals of the half to take an 11-2 lead into the intermission. Monnat started the run with an unassisted tally with 14:40 remaining. Five minutes later, she fed sophomore midfielder Danielle Kealy (Lorraine, N.Y./South Jefferson) for her fifth goal of the season.

Senior attacker Kathleen Conese (Liverpool, N.Y./Liverpool) converted a free-position shot with 5:01 left, while Nies followed with another goal off a pass from Ciferri 46 seconds later. After Ciferri netted Le Moyne's 10th goal with 3:29 remaining, McKay ended the scoring in the half with 26 seconds left after taking a pass from Monnat.

The teams traded goals over the opening 11:07 of the second half. Nies gave the Dolphins their first 10-goal lead of the game with her team-best 24th tally of the season 89 seconds into the stanza after receiving a feed from McKay. Tooker countered with a goal at the 27:19 mark off a pass from Lauren Anderson.

After McKay took a pass from Ciferri for her third goal of the game and 20th of the season with 24:59 left, Horan responded 1:05 later off a feed from Sarah Cebry. Conese answered only 10 seconds later for her 21st goal of the campaign. Jennifer McCarthy ended the back-and-forth action with an unassisted goal with 18:53 remaining.

Le Moyne pushed its lead to 13 with four goals over a span of 6:38. McGuane ignited the run by making a free-position shot in an extra-man situation with 14:46 to go. Monnat then had a hand in the final three goals. She found the back of the net with 13:13 left and then fed junior attacker Sam Yaro (Baldwinsville, N.Y./C.W. Baker) for a goal with 9:36 remaining. The duo reversed roles for the last goal with 8:08 to play. Sarah Muise scored for the Owls with 4:22 left to cap the game's scoring.

Junior goalkeeper Molly Marbut (Edgewater, Md./South River) earned her 20th career win between the pipes by making five saves. Vanessa Pagano took the loss after stopping nine of the 27 shots put on goal.

Le Moyne (11-4, 8-3 NE-10), which closes out the season on Saturday at Franklin Pierce University at 1:00 p.m., enters the final game in a three-way tie for third place with Saint Anselm College and Stonehill College. The Dolphins can finish in third, fourth or fifth in the Northeast-10 standings. Please see below for the scenarios of where the Dolphins can finish.

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