#11 Stonehill Turns Back Bentley, 15-8

Senior Cassandra McGill had five points with three goals and two assists for the Skyhawks. (PHOTO BY Andrew Katsampes)

Armstrong notches ten saves, Ryan nets four goals to lead Skyhawks 

DAVENPORT, Fla. (March 10, 2015) – Stonehill College, ranked 11th in this week's Intercollegiate Women's Lacrosse Coaches' Association (IWLCA) Division II poll, stayed perfect with a 15-8 victory over Bentley University, among teams receiving votes in this week's IWLCA poll, in Northeast-10 Conference women's lacrosse action tonight.

Senior Ashley Armstrong (Northborough, Massachusetts/Algonquin Regional) posted a season-high ten saves in the Stonehill goal to preserve the Skyhawks fourth straight win to open the season. The Skyhawks finished with a 32-22 advantage in shots, but overcame a 15-10 deficit on draw controls by forcing 20 Bentley turnovers, while committing just 12 themselves. Stonehill also converted 17-of-20 clears, compared to 13-of-20 for the Falcons. Sophomore Lauren Ochs (Rochester, New York/Irondequoit) posted 11 saves in the Bentley goal.

Senior Cassandra McGill (Westborough, Massachusetts/Westborough) paced the Stonehill attack with a five point night on three goals and two assists with a ground ball. Sophomore Kiki Ryan (Salem, Connecticut/East Lyme) scored a career-high four goals with two ground balls, while senior Emily Kessel (Kennebunk, Maine/Kennebunk) added three goals. Senior Lizzie Lane (Sandwich, Massachusetts/Bishop Stang) and sophomore Elizabeth Vetter (Great River, New York/East Islip) each contributed a goal and assist, with Lane adding three ground balls, a draw control and caused turnover and Vetter collecting three draws and three ground balls. Senior Jillian Yung (Bridgewater, Massachusetts/Bridgewater-Raynham) and juniors Caitlin Sweeney (Hollis, New Hampshire/Hollis-Brookline) and Rebecca Matheson (Reading, Massachusetts/Reading Memorial) all chipped in with a goal for the Skyhawks.

Sophomore Kiki Ryan netted a career-high four goals tonight. (PHOTO BY SportsPix)

Junior Erin O'Connor (Longmeadow, Massachusetts/Longmeadow) led Bentley with three goals, while classmate Kelsey Howard (Scarborough, Maine/Scarborough) potted a pair to go with two draw controls, four ground balls and three caused turnovers. Sophomore Hannah Lindgren (Southborough, Massachusetts/Algonquin Regional) chipped in with a goal and assist.

Bentley struck first with a free-position goal from O'Connor just 36-seconds into the contest, but Stonehill responded with a 6-1 run to open a 6-2 lead after McGill's second goal of the half on a free-position shot with 9:49 remaining in the half. Kessel knotted the score at a goal apiece with 20:47 left in the first half and then McGill gave the Skyhawks their first lead, assisted by Vetter, just eight seconds later. Howard equalized for the Falcons less than a minute after that, but Stonehill reeled off four straight to take command. Vetter had a goal and assist during that stretch, with McGill netting two goals.

Bentley scored the final two goals of the half to close the gap to 6-4 at the intermission on goals from senior Jessica Ferrigno (Bridgewater, Massachusetts/Bridgewater-Raynham) and Howard. Stonehill netted the first five goals of the second half to squash the rally and open up a seven goal cushion (11-4) after McGill's third goal of the night with 17:17 to play. She also dished an assist during that run, while Kessel scored a pair of goals for the Skyhawks. The teams traded goals the remainder of the contest, with Ryan scoring four times over the final 17:26, including two goals in less than a minute late in the match.

Stonehill (4-0, 2-0 NE-10) returns to the Northeast at the end of the week and will return to action next Tuesday, March 17, when it visits Southern New Hampshire University for an NE-10 matchup at 7 p.m. The Skyhawks don't return home until Wednesday, March 25, for its first ever meeting with Northeast-10 newcomer Pace University at 7 p.m. Bentley (2-1, 1-1 NE-10) is back in action on Thursday in Orlando when it battles 8th-ranked LIU Post at 7 p.m.

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