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UMBC WILL MEET MONMOUTH FOR FIFTH STRAIGHT TIME IN NEC WOMEN'S LACROSSE TITLE GAME
Baltimore, MD-For the fifth year in a row, the UMBC women's lacrosse team will play Monmouth to decide the Northeast Conference championship. The top-seeded Retrievers took care of fourth-seeded Sacred Heart, 16-4, while the defending champion Hawks dispatched third-seeded Wagner, 13-7, today in their semi-final games at UMBC Stadium.UMBC would take a quick 3-0 lead on the Pioneers before SHU would get on the board for the first, and only, time of the half. The Retrievers would then score six unanswered goals, including three by First Team All-NEC attacker Jen Dragoni, to go ahead 9-1 at halftime. UMBC would outscore the Pioneers 7-3 in the second half to secure the 16-4 win and a date with Monmouth in Sunday's championship game.NEC Player of the Year Jamie Gerhart led the Retrievers with two goals and three assists while Dragoni added four goals. Senior attacker Shannon Gallup also notched four points for UMBC with a goal and three assists. In goal, junior Courtney Stringer made nine saves for UMBC and the Pioneers' Amy Lavoie stopped 11 shots.In the second game, Monmouth trailed 6-4 early in the second half following Jill Pyzik's second goal of the game at 36:47. The Hawks would respond with a 9-1 goal scoring spree, including five by senior midfielder Steph LaGrossa, to take a 13-7 lead. LaGrossa led the Hawks arsenal with seven goals on the day, one shy of the tournament record held by UMBC's Ashley Staines. Senior midfielder Beka Murphy added to the offensive output with four goals and an assist. Wagner's Pam Sobieski broke the tournament single game record for assists with four and she added a goal as well. Pyzik chipped in with two goals. Hawk keeper Stacy Makris made four saves on the day and Wagner's London Jones and Erica Brown combined to stop nine shots.Game 1 1 2 FSacred Heart 1 3 4UMBC 9 7 16Scoring: SHU- JoAnn Montesarchio (2-0-2), Natalie Smith (1-1-2), Michelle Bruckner (1-0-1)UMBC- Gerhart (2-3-5), Dragoni (4-0-4), Gallup (1-3-4), Loree Miller (3-0-3), Lauren Traber (2- 1-3), Stephanie Allen (1-0-1), Ashley Staines (1-0-1), Tracie McClintic (1-0-1), Beth Milani (1-0-1).Goalies: SHU- Lavoie (55 min., 11 saves, 16 goals allowed), Brauer (5 min., 0 saves, 0 goals allowed) UMBC- Stringer (60 min., 9 saves, 4 goals allowed).Game 2 1 2 FWagner 4 3 7Monmouth 3 10 13Scoring: WC- Sobieski (1-4-5), Pyzik (2-0-2), Leann Matta (1-0-1), Kim Thompson (1-0-1), Julie Rudderow (1-0-1), Jackie Losquadro (1-0-1).MU- LaGrossa (7-0-7), B. Murphy (4-1-5), ), Laura Levins (1-1-2), Lisa Cherill (0-2-2), Meg Brown (0-2-2, Jennifer Versaggi (1-0-1).Goalies: WC- Jones (54 min., 7 saves, 10 goals allowed), Brown (6 min., 2 saves, 3 goals allowed)MU- Makris (60 min., 4 saves, 7 goals allowed).