April 6, 2007
Eastchester, NY - The Saint Mary's women's lacrosse team outscored Manhattan College 10-5 in the second half en route to an 18-10 win over the Jaspers on Saturday morning. P.J. Hainley led the Gaels with five goals and Jackie Spencer chipped in with four goals as the Gaels snapped a four-game losing streak by winning its first road game of the year.
The win for SMC improves the Gaels' record to 3-8 overall while Manhattan fell to 2-8 overall.
Manhattan jumped out to an early three-goal advantage on goals by Jenny Carman, Alicia Psillos and Lauren Civardi less than four minutes into the game. From there, the Gaels rallied for six straight goals to take a 6-3 lead with 8:47 left in the first half.
Spencer sparked the outburst with SMC's first goal at the 22:04 mark and Hainley followed suit four minutes later, getting the Gaels within one. Amy Daniels netted her fourth goal of the year to even the score at 3-3 with 13:55 left on the clock. SMC controlled the next draw, and Hainley gave the Gaels the lead just 21 seconds later. Spencer and Hainley would score again as the Gaels opened a 6-3 lead and they never looked back.
After Manhattan's Psillos and Carman scored again, Abbie Coleman and Daniels scored back-to-back goals to give SMC an 8-5 advantage at halftime.
Following the break, SMC added to its lead by scoring the first five goals of the second half, extending its lead to 13-5 with 13:28 remaining. Manhattan tried to mount a comeback with three goals to get within five. After the teams traded four goals, SMC closed the game with three straight goals by Alana Burrough, Hainley and Frei.
The five goals by Hainley marks a career-high for the junior midfielder. Hainley now leads the team 28 total points and is second on the squad with 18 goals.
Saint Mary's will return to action on Friday, April 13 when the Gaels travel to Denver for a Mountain Pacific Sports Federation game. The game between SMC and the Pioneers will begin at noon.