EASTON, Mass. – Junior midfielder Brittany Brigandi scored six goals, including four in the second half, to lead second-ranked Le Moyne (16-1, 11-1 NE-10) to its 12th consecutive win with a 19-9 decision against fifth-ranked Stonehill. With the victory, the Dolphins clinched the second seed and a first round bye in next week’s Northeast-10 tournament.
Stonehill (14-3, 10-2 NE-10), which will be the third seed in the Northeast-10 tournament, opened the game’s scoring just 10 seconds into the contest when Hannah Anderson finished off a pass from Sam Lynott.
The Dolphins responded with the game’s next six goals over a span of 15:26. Rebekah Elmer started the run with back-to-back goals. The first came 40 seconds after Anderson’s goal; she, then, gave the Dolphins the lead at the 26:48 mark off a pass from attack Brenna Bauer. A little more than five minutes later, Brigandi scored her first goal of the day. Michelle Phillips followed by finishing off a pass from defender Katlin Walker with 19:56 remaining in the half. Brigandi pushed Le Moyne’s lead to 5-1 off a pass from Bauer with 17:10 left, and Phillips capped the spurt by scoring with 13:44 to go off a feed from Elmer.
Stonehill then scored four of the game’s next five goals to get within 7-5 with 6:31 left in the half. Kayla Green scored the first goal of the streak with 12:23 left, and Heather Sullivan followed by finding the back of the net on a free-position shot with 9:42 remaining. After Elmer put Le Moyne’s lead back to four off a feed from Kelly Condon at the 8:17 mark, Kelsey Shannahan and Anderson scored 26 seconds apart to make the score 7-5.
The teams split the final four goals of the half to go into the intermission with the Dolphins leading 9-7. Elmer and Mia Valletta scored off free-position shots for the Dolphins, while Kelsey Reilly and Green tallied goals for the Skyhawks.
After a scoreless six and a half minutes to open the second half, the Dolphins scored five goals in a stretch of six and a half minutes to put the game away. Brigandi scored the first two off free-position shots 73 seconds apart. Victoria Nies found the back of the cage off a free-position shot 53 seconds after Brigandi’s second goal and added an unassisted tally at the 17:33 mark to make the score 13-7. Elmer closed out the stretch with an unassisted goal with 16:50 remaining.
Following a goal by Reilly with 15:20 left to get the Skyhawks within 14-8, the Dolphins rattled off four goals in a 5:50 span. Phillips netted her third goal of the day with 12:03 remaining in the contest. Just 28 seconds later, Brigandi converted a free-position shot to make the score 16-8. Brigandi scored her sixth and final goal of the afternoon off a pass from Elmer with 9:08 to go. Valletta gave the Dolphins a double-digit lead with an unassisted tally with 6:13 left.
Sarah Galligan got the score back into single-digits with 4:34 remaining, but Phillips scored 19 seconds later to cap the game’s scoring.
Kelly Fucillo made five saves in each half as she set the single-season program record for most wins with her 16th. Samantha Falcone held the previous record of 15, which she set in 2006 and 2007. Rebecca Moore made nine saves between the pipes for the Skyhawks in suffering just her third loss of the season.