Lauren Stille Piles Up Seven Points, Baillargeon Adds Four, Women’s Lacrosse Edges Out St. Andrews Presbyterian, 15-14
Moirano, Nash each chip in two goals; Bolduc makes 11 saves
Baillargeon chalked up four points on three goals and an assist at St. Andrew Presbyterian on Tuesday afternoon.
LAURINBURG, N.C. (March 15, 2011) – Freshman attacker Julie Hemphill (Clarkston, Mich.) gave her team a two-goal lead with what proved to be the game-winning goal with 64 seconds to play on Tuesday afternoon, as the Franklin Pierce University women's lacrosse team pulled out a 15-14 win at St. Andrews Presbyterian in non-conference play at Knights Field. Franklin Pierce senior attacker Lauren Stille (North Quincy, Mass.) and St. Andrews sophomore midfielder Megan Jolly each piled up seven points on five goals and two assists on the afternoon.
With the win, Franklin Pierce improves to 2-0 (0-0 Northeast-10), while St. Andrews falls to 1-6 (0-1 Conference Carolinas).
Stille scored four of her five goals in the first half, as Franklin Pierce jumped to a 9-6 halftime lead. The Ravens outscored St. Andrews 4-1 over the final 15 minutes of the first half, including a pair of goals from senior attacker Jordan Baillargeon (Westfield, Mass.), who would finish the day with four points on three goals and an assist.
The second half would be a back-and-forth affair, though the Ravens never trailed on the afternoon. After junior midfielder Mary Kate Stille (North Quincy, Mass.) scored 38 seconds into the period, St. Andrews ran off the next four goals, including two from senior attacker Brett Vyverberg, to tie the game at 10-10.
Franklin Pierce stopped the run when sophomore midfielder Lindsey Leach (Hamden, Conn.) and Baillargeon scored 81 seconds apart to give the Ravens a 12-10 lead they would never relinquish with 20:20 to play. From there, the lead oscillated between two goals and one goal for Franklin Pierce throughout the rest of the contest.
St. Andrews pulled within a goal at 14-13 with 5:09 to play, when Jolly put home her fifth and final goal of the afternoon. Just over four minutes later, Hemphill capped the Ravens' scoring for the day to give them some breathing at 15-13. Jolly would set up the third goal of the game for senior midfielder Kim McDaniel with 28.3 seconds to play, but the Knights were unable to find the tying goal.
Mary Kate Stille added two assists to go with her second-half goal to finish with three points for Franklin Pierce. Junior attacker Brianna Nash (Oceanside, N.Y.) finished with three points as well on two goals and an assist, while senior midfielder Ashley Moirano (Vero Beach, Fla.) contributed two goals. Of the Ravens' seven starting forwards and midfielders, all but one recorded at least one point on the afternoon.
Hemphill scored what proved to be the game-winning goal with 1:04 to play on Tuesday afternoon.
On the other side of the ball, junior defender Kim Jaksina (Townsend, Mass.) led the way with six ground balls, while Baillargeon, senior defender Jill Benn (North Quincy, Mass.) and junior goalkeeper Jill Bolduc (Atkinson, N.H.) each collected five apiece. Eight different Ravens forced at least one turnover in the game.
After Jolly for St. Andrews, McDaniel was the only other player to pick up more than two points in the game, as she finished with three goals and two assists for five points. Both Vyverberg and senior midfielder Allie Faulhaber scored two goals for St. Andrews.
Defensively for the Knights, senior goalkeeper Morgan Achilles collected seven ground balls to lead the team, while McDaniel picked up six and Jolly corralled five. McDaniel in particular was a defensive menace, as she caused eight turnovers in the game. Junior midfielder Chelsea Ross forced five turnovers of her own.
Bolduc made 11 saves to pick up the win (2-0) in front of the Franklin Pierce net. Achilles stopped 14 shots and took the loss (0-1) between the pipes for St. Andrews.
Franklin Pierce posted a 34-32 advantage in shots in the game, while St. Andrews held a 17-14 edge in draw controls. The Ravens were successful of 33 of 35 (94.3 percent) clear attempts and went 2-for-8 on free-position shots. St. Andrews went 30-for-38 (78.9 percent) on clear attempts and 3-for-12 on free-position shots.
The Ravens return to the field on Thursday, March 17, when they visit Converse for a non-conference contest. The game is scheduled for noon in Spartanburg, S.C.
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