Misericordia earns first tourney win
Lannigan scores only goal of the game, sparks Cougars to win
AMHERST, Mass. -- Megan Lannigan scored the only goal of the game to give Misericordia a 1-0 victory against Farmingdale State. It was the first NCAA tournament win in school history for the Cougars.
Misericordia improved to 14-4-2 and will face unbeaten Amherst on Sunday with a spot in the semifinals at stake.
After a scoreless first half, Lannigan put the Cougars ahead with a shot from the top of the box at 46:28.
Laura Roney made a run down the right side off an MU goal kick and served a ball into the box. Lannigan settled the ball and moved left, before chopping the ball back to her right and firing a shot that was deflected high by the Farmingdale keeper, but bounced over the goal line.
Farmingdale had a shot from 25 yards out that deflected off the top of the crossbar at 53:15.
The Cougars had an opportunity when Sam Helmstetter beat a defender one-on-one on the left wing to earn a corner, but
Nikki Hensel's kick was headed off the near post by the defense at 57:00.
In the 68th minute, the Rams served a ball from the right wing, but Sweeney came off her line to win the cross and end the threat.
Alyssa Mocion settled a punt inside midfield and carried into space, but her shot from 30 yards out was saved at 71:45.
Three minutes later, Roney stripped the ball from a Farmingdale defender and fired a shot from the left wing, but the Rams keeper made the save.
With 9:00 remaining, Kate Usher won a ball in the MU defensive end and played a ball forward to Roney, who advanced it before playing it back to Usher on the attack, but the pass had a bit too much pace.
Sweeney came off her line to win a ball between to Rams attackers at the top of the box at 84:45.
Sweeney made a save with two minutes remaining and ended the match with another save on a shot from 12 yards out with just 10 seconds to play.
Sweeney made six saves to earn her first shutout.