Eight Goal Second Half Sparks Women's Lacrosse Past Long Island, 10-6

Eight Goal Second Half Sparks Women's Lacrosse Past Long Island, 10-6

EMMITSBURG, Md. - Nicole Price (White Hall, Md./North Harford) powered an eight goal second half with two tallies and three assists to pace Mount St. Mary's past Long Island 10-6 in Northeast Conference (NEC) women's lacrosse action on Friday.

Price sparked a 4-0 run in the second half with two assists to break a 3-all tie and then had a hand in the Mount's (4-7, 3-0 NEC) final three goals with two markers and an assist in the final seven minutes. The senior finished with three goals and a career-high three assists for a career-best six points. Price has registered seven goals and four assists in the last two games and leads the team with 21 goals and seven assists for 28 points.

Jen Semler (Baltimore, Md./Perry Hall) notched her third-straight hat trick and has posted three goals in five of the last seven games for the Mountaineers while Brigid McTavish (Mount Airy, Md./South Carroll) made seven saves in the winning effort.

Katie Williams fueled the Blackbirds (0-9, 0-2 NEC) with two goals and two assists and Kimberly Kovar added a tally and a helper, and Jacqueline Simonian turned away 14 shots in the loss.

For the third-straight game, Mount St. Mary's remained close with its opponent through the first half and then used a strong second half to come away with the victory for its third-straight win.

With the game tied at 3, the Mount scored four unanswered goals to take the lead for good. Semler started the spurt with a free-position marker at 37:56 before Price handed out feeds to Esther Rufolo (Woodstock, Md./Chapelgate Christian Academy) 13 seconds later and to Allie Fife (Alexandria, Va./Bishop Ireton) at 39:16. Semler capped the run she started with another 8-meter goal at 44:38 for a 7-3 lead.

The Blackbirds posted the next two scores to trim the deficit to 7-5. Williams found Jenna Schauder at 46:17 and then Williams found the back of the net unassisted at 49:15 to make it a two-goal difference.

Price sparked a 3-0 run to seal the victory. The senior scored back-to-back goals unassisted at 52:42 and at 55:06 before she connected with Semler 44 seconds later to increase the advantage to 10-5.

Anna Kalata scored unassisted at 56:19, but the Mountaineers came away with a 10-6 decision.

The two teams traded goals three times to start the game. Price opened the scoring unassisted at 2:15 before Williams hooked up with Kovar at the 21-minute mark to tie the game at 1.

Alexis Salerno (South Setauket, N.Y./Ward Mellville) responded at 21:14 unassisted for Mount St. Mary's only to see Sara LaNoir find the back of the net unassisted at 22:44 to send the game to halftime tied at 2.

Lindsay Diaz (Timonium, Md./Delaney) notched the first goal of the second half unassisted at 34:48 before Kovar returned the favor to Williams at 37:01. The Mount then closed the game by scoring seven of the final 10 tallies thanks in part to Price's two goals and three assists and three goals from Semler to put the game away.

Along with her six points, Price added two ground balls, three draw controls and a caused turnover. Aly Jost (Abington, Md./Bel Air) added three ground balls and three draw controls while Rufolo chipped in three ground balls, a draw control and a caused turnover.

Jost moved into the program's career Top-10 in ground balls with 156. McTavish moved into second place for minutes played (2410) and third in victories (17) for her career.

Mount St. Mary's returns to action at Waldron Family Stadium on Sunday against Wagner. Match time is 1 p.m.

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