#7 Stonehill Closes Out Regular Season with Win

Sophomore Samantha Lynott led Stonehill with five goals and two assists for seven points. (PHOTO BY Richard Orr)

#7 Stonehill Closes Out Regular Season with Win

Skyhawks cruise to 21-3 win at Saint Michael's behind second points from Lynott

COLCHESTER, Vt. (May 1, 2010) – Stonehill College, ranked seventh in this week's Intercollegiate Women's Lacrosse Coaches Association (IWLCA) Division II poll, closed out the regular season with a 21-3 victory over Saint Michael's College in Northeast-10 Conference women's lacrosse action at Duffy Field this afternoon.

Sophomore Samantha Lynott (Holbrook, N.Y./East Sachem) paced Stonehill with five goals and two assists for seven points on the afternoon. Freshmen Kayla Green (Londonderry, N.H./Londonderry) and Kelsey Reilly (Hingham, Mass./Notre Dame Academy) each added three goals and two assists, while junior Hannah Anderson (Eden Prairie, Minn./Eden Prairie) and freshman Heather Sullivan (Andover, Mass./Andover) both contributed three goals and an assist. Senior Jackie Ladino (North Dartmouth, Mass./Dartmouth) and sophomore Sarah Galligan (West Newbury, Mass./Pentucket Regional) both chipped in with a goal and three assists.

Senior Jackie Ladino posted a goal and three assists on the afternoon. (PHOTO BY Richard Orr)

Freshman Rebecca Moore (Marlborough, Mass./St. Mark's School) played the first 47:38 and made six saves in goal for Stonehill, while classmate Caitlyn Taveira (Mineola, N.Y./Mineola) posted two stops in just over 12 scoreless minutes to close the game out for the Skyhawks. Sophomore Sandra Palumbo (Guilford, Conn./Guilford) finished with ten saves in 41:54 for Saint Michael's.

Saint Michael's, which was shutout by the Stonehill defense in the second half, got first half goals from junior Elizabeth Siekman (Cheshire, Conn./Cheshire), sophomore Spenser Wolfe (West Newbury, Mass./The Governor's Academy) and freshman Alee Ramos (Woodbridge, Conn./Hopkins School).

Stonehill started fast by opening a 7-0 lead within the first nine minutes of the contest. Lynott posted three goals and an assist during the opening run, while Sullivan scored twice and Green and Ladino each registered a goal and assist. Ramos and Siekman scored back-to-back goals within a 34-second span for Saint Michael's to close within 7-2 with 15:56 left in the first half, but the Skyhawks reeled off a 6-0 run before the Purple Knights scored with just two-seconds left before the intermission for a 13-3 halftime lead. Lynott and Anderson both scored twice for the Skyhawks in that time.

Stonehill out-scored the hosts 8-0 in the second half to pull away for good. Green and Reilly both posted two goals and an assist in the second half for the Skyhawks,

Stonehill (12-2, 10-1 NE-10) has earned a first round bye into next weekend's NE-10 Tournament Final Four which will be hosted by top-seeded and No. 1-ranked Adelphi University next Saturday and Sunday. The Skyhawks await the winner of Wednesday's first round matchup between sixth-seeded and defending NE-10 Tournament champions University of New Haven and third-seeded Merrimack College. Saint Michael's closes its season out with a 3-11 record overall, 3-8 in NE-10 play.