May 12, 2010

Senior Melissa Hill (Rochester, NY/Brighton) scored six goals including two in a key six-goal run in the first half to lead The College at Brockport Women's Lacrosse team to a 16-9 victory over Rowan University Wednesday in the first round of the NCAA Division III Tournament at Brockport. The Golden Eagles (13-3) advance to play Franklin & Marshall College at 1:30 pm Saturday in the second round matchup at Franklin & Marshall in Lancaster, Pennsylvania.

Freshman Sarah Brown (Syracuse, NY/West Genesee) scored four of the first five goals for Brockport as the two teams traded goals early in the contest. With the scored tied at 2-2 10 minutes into the contest, the Golden Eagles rattled off six consecutive goals with Brown scoring twice and Hill added two of her team-high six goals on the day in the run. The other two goals were scored by Karen Bianchi (Syracuse, NY/West Genesee) and Carly Motondo (Syracuse, NY/West Genesee).

Each teams scored one more goal before the end of the first half and Brockport led 9-3 at halftime.

Rowan (11-6) traded goals early in the second half but still trailed 11-5 with eight minutes elapsed in the second half before Brockport rattled off four of the next six goals with Hill notching three of the four goals during the run. Dayna Piraino (Syracuse, NY/Henninger) scored the other goal in the run and finished with a team-leading seven points on three goals and four assists. Piraino assisted on three straight goals in the first half.

Rowan scored twice in the final five minutes to cut the lead to 15-9 but Hill added her sixth goal of the game to seal the victory and advance the Golden Eagles to the second round of the tournament in their first-ever appearance in the national tournament.

Piraino and Hill led the team with their seven points each while Brown chipped in four goals and an assist, Lindsay Cayea (Cicero, NY/Cicero-North Syracuse) added three assists and Motondo scored twice.

Junior Jamie Kaminsky (Oakdale, NY/Sayville) made eight saves for the Golden Eagles.