Nicole Lantuh Lifts Mount St. Mary’s Women’s Lacrosse Past Sacred Heart, 7-6

Nicole Lantuh Lifts Mount St. Mary’s Women’s Lacrosse Past Sacred Heart, 7-6

Emmitsburg, Md. (April 17, 2015) – Freshman Nicole Lantuh (Bethesda, Md.) scored a game-high four goals, including the game-winner with 3:38 left to carry the Mount St. Mary's University women's lacrosse team to a 7-6 Northeast Conference victory over Sacred Heart at Waldron Family Stadium on Friday.

Mount St. Mary's (4-9, 3-1 NEC) held a 6-3 lead with 15 minutes to go in the second half before Sacred Heart (5-8, 1-3 NEC) stormed back with three-consecutive goals to even the score at 6-6 with 11:30 remaining. Lantuh broke the tie with her fourth goal of the game to give the Mountaineers their third win in a row.

For Lantuh, who has scored nine goals in her last two games, it is her fifth career multi-goal effort. Junior Molly Morris (Silver Spring, Md.) also continued her hot streak with her third-consecutive two-goal game for the Mount.

Defensively, goalkeeper Steph Rurkowski (Manlius, N.Y.) made 12 saves, including seven in the final 30 minutes as the Mount never trailed in the game. 

SHU's Jesslyn Joseph and Caitlin Delaney accounted for all six of the Pioneers' goals with three apiece.

Morris gave the Mount an early 1-0 lead when she eluded her defender from behind the cage for an open look at goal 2:23 into the game. Lantuh's tally just over four minutes later pushed the lead to 2-0.

Sammie Knapp (Cub Hill, Md.) worked her hands free and fired a strike for the Mount's third goal with 21:51 to go in the half. Joseph put the Pioneers on the board with 16:16 left in the half, but the Mount answered with Lantuh's goal off a feed from Erin Seipp (Towson, Md.) for a 4-1 halftime lead.

Out of the intermission, Lantuh extended the Mount's advantage to 5-1 before the Pioneers trimmed the lead down to 5-3 on back-to-back goals.

Morris was able to put the Mount's lead back to 6-3 when she knocked the ball loose on an exchange from a Sacred Heart defender to goalkeeper Kelly Keenan. Morris scooped up the ground ball and fired a shot into the back of the net from point-blank range.

The Mount's edge quickly evaporated, however, when the Pioneers strung together three goals in a span of 1:32 to level the scoring at 6-6 with 11:30 remaining. The score would remain tied until Lantuh provided the late-game heroics for the home side.

Keenan made 11 saves for Sacred Heart, which held an 8-6 lead in draw controls on the day.

The Mount outshot the Pioneers, 27-21, and recorded 23 ground balls to SHU's 14. Kelly Maloney (Ellicott City, Md.) and Melissa Cox (Bel Air, Md.) led the way with three ground balls apiece.

Next up, the Mountaineers host LIU Brooklyn on Sunday, April 19, at noon for the final home game of the regular season. The Mount will honor seniors with a Senior Day celebration prior to the game.

GAME NOTES: The Mount improves to 16-5 in the all-time series versus Sacred Heart… The Mount has now won six in a row over the Pioneers. 

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