#7 Stonehill Runs by Assumption on Senior Night, 25-2
Gross returns to become tenth 200-point scorer in program history in her final regular season home game
Stonehill's four seniors (l-r) Jaclyn Craig, Liza Gross, Jackie Ladino and Jessica Ragnio were honored along with their families prior to the start of tonight's game.
EASTON, Mass. (April 20, 2010) – Stonehill College, ranked seventh in this week’s Intercollegiate Women’s Lacrosse Coaches Association (IWLCA) Division II poll, capped its regular season home schedule with a 25-2 triumph over Assumption College in Northeast-10 Conference women’s lacrosse action on Senior Night at W.B. Mason Stadium.
Senior Liza Gross became the tenth 200-point scorer in program history tonight.
On a night when Stonehill recognized its four seniors in a ceremony prior to the game, the highlight of the night was one of those honorees, Liza Gross (Loudonville, N.Y./Shaker), returning from a nearly three week injury absence to net three goals and become the tenth player in program history to surpass the 200-point plateau for her career. The three goals gave her 146, finishing the match with 201 points in 60 career games played.
Freshman Kelsey Reilly (Hingham, Mass./Notre Dame Academy) led Stonehill to its tenth-straight win with a season-high six goals to go with two assists for a season-best eight points, while also adding six ground balls, three draw controls and three caused turnovers. Junior Hannah Anderson (Eden Prairie, Minn./Eden Prairie) and sophomore Sarah Galligan (West Newbury, Mass./Pentucket Regional) each contributed three goals and three assists for six points, with Galligan also collecting a team-best eight ground balls.
Sophomore Sam Lynott (Holbrook, N.Y./Sachem East) netted a season-high four goals for the second-straight match for the Skyhawks, while senior Jackie Ladino (North Dartmouth, Mass./Dartmouth) chipped in two goals and two assists for four points.
Freshman Rebecca Moore (Marlborough, Mass./St. Mark’s School) finished with three saves in goal for Stonehill, while sophomore Mary King (Waltham, Mass./Waltham) stopped seven shots in 43-minutes of play for Assumption, including six in the first half. Stonehill posted a commanding 48-6 advantage in shots for the contest, including a 36-5 margin on goal.
Freshman Kelsey Reilly posted a season-high eight points, netting a season-best six goals to go with two assists. (PHOTO BY Richard Orr)
Freshmen Erin Vana (Ipswich, Mass./Ipswich) and Caitlin White (Bethany, Conn./Bethany) both netted a goal for Assumption.
Stonehill netted the first nine goals of the night and never looked back. Reilly and Anderson each had a goal and assist in the opening run for the Skyhawks, while Lynott netted two goals. The Skyhawks closed out the first half with six goals in the final 14 minutes of the frame to carry a 15-1 lead into the intermission. Gross had two of her three goals on the night in that stretch, with her second of the night with 9:14 left in the first half giving her the 200-point milestone.
White scored the opening goal of the second half, four minutes in, for Assumption. Stonehill then scored the final ten goals of the night. Reilly scored four times in the second half, while Ladino had two goals and an assist.
Gross and Ladino, along with classmates Jaclyn Craig (Rocky Point, N.Y./Rocky Point) and Jessica Ragnio (Andover, Mass./Andover) were recognized for playing in their final regular season home match prior to the start of the game. The four have been four-year starters for a program which has posted a 53-12 (.815) overall record, including a 38-2 (.950) clip in the NE-10, over their careers with three NE-10 regular season championships, two NE-10 Tournament titles and one NCAA Tournament bid to date.
Stonehill (11-1, 9-1 NE-10) is back in action on Saturday when it heads to Long Island for a key non-conference clash with No. 3-ranked LIU-C.W. Post at noon. The Skyhawks close out the regular season a week from Saturday at Saint Michael’s College at noon. Assumption (1-9, 0-8 NE-10) hosts Franklin Pierce University on Saturday at noon.