Moynihan overtime winner lifts top-seeded Skyhawks to first NE10 championship in 14 years
Moynihan’s game-winner with 62 seconds left in overtime lifted the Skyhawks to their tenth league-record NE10 (PHOTO BY Andrew Katsampes)
EASTON, Mass. (May 8, 2022) – Stonehill College, ranked number 8 this week in the Intercollegiate Women’s Lacrosse Coaches Association (IWLCA) and USA Lacrosse Magazine Division II polls have plateaued Northeast-10 Conference era with the program’s record tenth Conference championship, rallying from a four-goal deficit in the first half to claim a 13-12 overtime triumph over third-seeded No. 10-ranked Moyne College in the United States Lacrosse Magazine poll and No. 11 by the IWLCA, in the 2022 NE10 Women’s Lacrosse Championship over Timothy J. Coughlin, ’80 Memorial Field at WB Mason Stadium this afternoon.
Stonehill (17-2, 12-1 NE10) earned the No. 1 seed in the Eastern Region for the NCAA Division II Tournament set to kick off with regional play this weekend. The Skyhawks will host the East Regional, which also includes Le Moyne (15-5, 10-3 NE10) as the No. 3 seed, as well as No. 2 Adelphi University and No. 4 Mercy College.
Stonehill, who will begin a transition to NCAA Division I status as a member of the Northeastern Conference beginning July 1, wins his tenth NE10 tournament championship, a Conference record — his first since he won the last of a record nine consecutive titles in 2008. also marked the last time Stonehill hosted an NE10 Championship game.
Leach capped Championship Most Outstanding Player honors with four goals and ten draw checks today – racking up an incredible 32 draws in the Skyhawks’ three playoff wins (PHOTO BY Andrew Katsampes)
Second-year midfielder Lisette Lilly crowned Most Outstanding Player honors for the NE10 Championships with a record four goals, to go with ten draw checks for the afternoon. She finished the NE10 tournament with a team-best 11 goals, 32 draw checks, four ground balls, and two turnovers caused in the three post-season competitions. Leach was joined in the Stonehill All-Tournament team by a senior offense Kendall Fresselyoung defender Abigail Moynihan and second attack Molly Mae Hughes.
Moynihan scored the decisive goal with 62 seconds left in the first overtime, scoring on a breakaway after the first year Sarah Faley made his career the best 14and save at the other end.
Representing Le Moyne on the All-Championship team was postgraduate Sydney Meagher and junior Paige Crandall. Angelina Porcello from Pace University and Adelphi University Kristina Kallansrude complete the All-Championship team.
Junior Lydia Rudden contributed a team-high five points in Stonehill’s win with three goals and two assists – breaking the program’s single-season assist mark of 68 after entering the game tied with the previous record of Jenny McGrath in 2006 from 66 in 2006. Rudden’s five points give her a NE10-leading 109 for the season – just a shy of McGrath’s 110-point mark in a season in 2006.
Meagher led Le Moyne with three goals, adding three turnovers, four ground balls and two draft checks, while Crandall recorded eight saves in net for the Dolphins. Junior Gemma Addonizio totaled four points with two goals and two assists.
Goals: Lilly Leach 4, Lydia Rudden 3, Kendall Fressle 2, Emma Sullivan, Abigail Moynihan, Caroline Davey, Abby Ahearn.
Aids: Lydia Rudden 2.
Goals: Sydney Meagher 3, Gemma Addonizio 2, Kelly Thomas 2, Katelyn Karleski 2, Sarah Hutchings, Jessica Meneilly, Reilly Greer.
Aids: Gemma Addonizio 2, Sarah Hutchings, Adrianna Nojaim.
Stone Hill: Sarah Faley – 14 saves (64:58).
LeMoyne: Paige Crandall – 8 saves (64:58).
Turnover generated: Mallory Crispens 2.
Drawing commands: Lilly Laundry 10.
Balls on the ground: Mallory Crispens and Sarah Faley 4.
Turnover generated: Lilly Locastro 4.
Drawing commands: Jessica Meneilly 3.
Balls on the ground: Savanna fish 6.
How did it happen
Faley made a season-high 14 saves, including two just short of Moynihan’s winner (PHOTO By Andrew Katsampes)
Le Moyne scored the first three goals of the contest to gain an early advantage after Meagher opened the scoring just 46 seconds in and got goals from four different players to take a 4-1 second quarter lead.
- Le Moyne capitalized on eight Stonehill turnovers in the first quarter and 13 in the first half to open a four-goal lead (8-4) as Addonizio scored back-to-back goals 1:35 apart with its 30and goal of the season with 5:52 remaining in the first half then assist on a junior goal Katelyn Karlski with 4:17 remaining.
- Stonehill managed to cut the lead to three at halftime as Fressle scored his first of two goals with 3:36 left in the second quarter.
- Fressle also opened the second half, scoring 50 seconds into the third, then Rudden scored back-to-back goals a minute apart, scoring his 40and of the season 2:13 in the third, then assist on senior by Emma Sullivan 66and of the year with 11:46 to go which tied the score (8-8).
- After Meagher put Le Moyne back in front with a free position goal less than 90 seconds later, Stonehill took their first lead of the game after consecutive goals from Rudden with 9:31 remaining in the third and Leach with 4:31 to go. player.
- Le Moyne resumed his lead (11-10) heading into the fourth quarter as Addonizio and senior Jessica Meneilly scored 51 seconds apart to cap eight combined goals from both teams in the third.
- After the eight-goal third period, the two teams combined for just three in the fourth. Stonehill regained the lead with sophomore goals Abby Ahearn 3:11 in the quarter and freshman Caroline Davey with 7:58 to go.
- Le Moyne equalized again (12-12) with a free position goal from Meagher with 5:30 remaining, then each goalkeeper made saves in the sequence to preserve the tie and send the game into overtime.
- Stonehill went into the extra one-man frame due to a yellow card from Le Moyne in the dying seconds of the fourth, but couldn’t capitalize despite winning the first draw.
- The Skyhawks returned the ball, then Faley made another key save with four seconds left in the first half of overtime.
- Stonehill won the draw to start the second three minutes of extra time, but Crandall got it this time, stopping a shot with 1:41 to go.
- Le Moyne got a free position shot at the other end after the clearance, then Faley stopped that shot and a second from Meneilly, sending Moynihan the other way on a break and she would dismiss the match winner from the right side. for his seventh goal of the season with 1:02 to go to kick off the championship celebration.
Rudden had three goals and two assists today, surpassing the program’s single-season assist record (PHOTO BY Andrew Katsampes)
After holding an 8-7 advantage in half-time draw checks, Stonehill dominated possession after the break, posting a 14-1 advantage on draws in the second half, including 6-0 in the fourth quarter and overtime to take a 22-8 advantage. for the contest. In addition to Leach’s ten draw controls, junior Victoria Butler had eight and Sullivan had four.
- Stonehill’s first four goals came on shots from free position, including three from Leach, before Fressle’s first goal of the afternoon with 3:36 left in the second quarter scored the Skyhawks’ first goal in open game.
- Fressle’s two goals give him 50 for the season, marking the third Skyhawk to reach the half-century this season, along with Sullivan (66) and Hughes (54).
- Rudden is the fifth Stonehill player to reach the 40-goal mark this season with her three goals today giving her 41, while Leach’s four goals give the Skyhawks six with 30-plus goals as the team has scored 329 goals as a team this season – the second highest tally in program history behind 394 goals in its undefeated domestic championship in 2005.
- Sullivan posted his NE10 in the lead 46and caused the turnover for the season today, breaking the program’s single-season record of 45 by Amy Bartlett, ’01 in 2001. Sullivan’s 71 ground balls are four shy of the record for a season in 18 of Taylor Shannahan of 75.
- Along with breaking Stonehill’s single-season assist record, Rudden is just three assists away from becoming fourth in program history with 100 career assists.
- With his career-high 14 saves this afternoon, Faley beats Stonehill’s all-time top ten in a single season and now ranks seventh all-time with 147 this spring, posting double-digit saves for the sixth time this season, including two against Le Moyne. .
- Stonehill improves to 10-1 this season against nationally ranked opponents with their second of the year over Le Moyne.
- Stonehill reached 17 wins for the first time since finishing 18-2 in 2007.
- Stonehill’s 11-game winning streak is the longest since winning its first 12 games of the 2015 season.
- Stonehill was ranked second in this week’s NCAA Division II East Region rankings released Wednesday afternoon.
- Stonehill moved up one spot to No. 8 in this week’s IWLCA Division II poll, standing at No. 8 in the United States Lacrosse Magazine survey.
- Stonehill won 12 NE10 matches for the first time in program history, surpassing ten wins on six occasions.
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