Brandeis spreads out scoring in defeat of Lasell to advance to third round
AMHERST, Mass. -- Six different players factored into the scoring to lead Brandeis to a 3-0 victory against Lasell in an NCAA second-round game on Hitchcock Field.
With the win, the Judges improved to 15-4-2 on the season and advance to face Cortland State in the sectional semifinals, while the Lasers close out the season with a 15-5-1 mark.
Moving into the attacking third in the 13th minute, sophomore Dara Spital headed down a cross at the top of the 18, playing an oncoming Sapir Edalati on the left side of the box. Beating Laser goalkeeper Ashley Parrelli to the ball, Edalati, a sophomore, chipped a shot into the left corner past a sliding Lasell defender to put the Judges on the board. It was her seventh goal of the season.
Generating a scoring opportunity a bit more than two minutes later, the Lasers' Bridget Lynch served a cross to twin sister Kayla Lynch, but senior netminder Francine Kofinas made the save on the ensuing header to preserve the lead.
Hoping to add to the tally in the 29th minute, Spital created space in the box before putting a low shot on net, but Parrelli made a diving stop to keep Lasell within one. With a little more than a minute left before the half, Mathilde Robinson sent a cross from the right side across the face of the goal. Making a run toward the backpost, Melissa Darling got a foot on the volley, but pushed the try wide left, narrowly missing a chance to double the Brandeis lead.
Staying aggressive to start the second, rookie Sara Isaacson made a move down the right side before floating a cross to the opposite field. All alone on the left side of the box, junior Madeline Stein settled the pass before slipping a low shot under the keeper to make it 2-0.
Earning a corner in the 60th minute, sophomore Alyssa Fenenbock served a ball toward the far post, finding the head of rookie back Haley Schachter, who headed the Judges' third marker into the right corner. It was Schachter's second goal of the tournament.
Brandeis finished with a 16-9 shot advantage, while Lasell held a 6-2 edge in corners. Kofinas made three saves in the win, while Parrelli made four stops in the loss.