Emmitsburg, Md. (April 9, 2017) – Marley Heller, Kelly Maloney and Sammie Knapp combined for 10 goals to propel Mount St. Mary's University to a 12-9 victory at Saint Francis U in Northeast Conference women's lacrosse action on Sunday afternoon.
Heller registered a game-high four tallies, while Maloney scored three times and added one assist, and Knapp chipped in with three goals. Kate Kinsella and Emily Davis netted the other pair of scores for the Mount in the contest.
Jillian Petito stopped eight shots between the pipes for the Mountaineers as the sophomore collected her second win of the season.
The Mount outshot Saint Francis U by a 27-23 margin in the tilt, and also held advantages in both draw controls (13-8) and ground balls (14-13).
After a tally from Jessica Fischetti of SFU to open the contest, the Mount scored three unanswered, including free-position goals from Heller and Knapp, to take a 3-1 advantage at the 22:08 mark.
SFU broke up the Mount rally with a goal from Sarah Mahon midway through the half, but the Mount responded with three straight as Heller converted a pair and Maloney added one to extend the team's advantage to 6-2 with 6:58 remaining in the frame.
The Mountaineers outscored SFU 3-2 in the final six-plus minutes of the half, receiving goals from three different players, to push their advantage to 9-4 at the end of one.
The Red Flash netted the opening two goals of the second half as Mahon and Blair Rosenburg found the back of the net to trim the Mount's lead to 9-6 with 19:18 to play.
Heller netted her fourth of the contest at the 15:39 mark to push the Mount's lead back to four, and Knapp followed with back-to-back tallies to complete her hat trick while extending the team's advantage to six, 12-6.
Livia Baker scored on a free-position attempt with 6:41 remaining, and the Red Flash added two more goals in the final three minutes, but the deficit was too much to overcome as the Mount came away with the 12-9 victory.
With the win, the Mountaineers improved to 2-8 overall and 1-1 in conference play, while SFU dropped to 6-5 and 1-1 in the NEC.
Mahon paced the Red Flash on the day with four goals, while Fischetti added a pair. Heather McKee stopped six shots in goal in the losing effort.
Mount St. Mary's returns to action this Friday (April 14) against Wagner at 1 p.m. in Emmitsburg.