March 10, 2007
Moraga, CA - In a women's lacrosse battle between two schools with the Gaels' nickname, Iona College defeated Saint Mary's College 10-9 in a non-conference game on Saturday afternoon from Saint Mary's Stadium. Jaclyn O'Leary scored four goals for Iona to help the Gaels overcome a three-goal halftime deficit. Saint Mary's falls to 1-4 on the year, while Iona improved to 2-0 overall.
Saint Mary's jumped out to a 4-0 lead 20 minutes into the game, before Iona answered with three goals to cut SMC's first half advantage to 4-3 with 7:46 left on the clock. Saint Mary's scored twice before halftime on goals by Jen Utley and Jackie Spencer to give SMC a 6-3 lead at halftime.
Trailing by three after the intermission, Iona out scored the Gaels 7-3 in the second half. Iona scored seven of the first eight goals in the second half, and the late rally by Saint Mary's came up short.
O'Leary scored three of her game-high four goals in the second half. Iona evened the score at 7-7 with 17:06 remaining in the game when O'Leary scored her fourth goal of the game. After O'Leary evened the score at 7-7, Iona's Courtney Hocking, Christie Godlewski and Lisa Baron scored to give Iona a 10-7 advantage with 7:48 left to play.
Utley answered with her third goal of the game 25-seconds later, and P.J. Hainley cut the Iona lead to 10-9 with 1:13 left to play. Abbie Coleman found Hainley wide open in front of the net for an easy goal. SMC gained control of the draw and had two good opportunities to even the score, but Iona goalkeeper Carlee Street came up big.
Street saved a shot by Jackie Spencer with 38 seconds left and then after SMC gained possession of the loose ball, Coleman, who scored twice in the first half, had a free position shot that Street saves to preserve the win for Iona.
Saint Mary's will return to action on Monday, March 12 when the Gaels host the Lafayette Leopards in a 3:30 p.m. game at Saint Mary's Stadium.