Patchogue, N.Y. (5/7/14) – The St. Joseph's College-Long Island women's lacrosse team used a late surge to edge Kean University by the final of 10-9 Wednesday evening in the opening round of the ECAC Mid-Atlantic Tournament.
The #3-seed Eagles (14-5) now advance to the semifinal round to play McDaniel College on Saturday. The Cougars end their season with a 9-9 mark this spring. This marks the fourth straight season that Kean has finished with a .500 record or better.
SJC's Heather Ferchland opened the scoring at 27:42, but senior Julie Knodt answered back nearly 30 seconds later to knot the game at one-all. Tori Gregson put the Eagles ahead again at 2-1, but Kean answered with three straight to lead 4-2. Sophomore Jordan Blanda started and ended the short run sandwiched around an unassisted goal from senior Carly Seidel. Ferchland cut the deficit to one but senior Ciara Mastrodomenico (pictured left) added what would be the last tally of her career to make it 5-3 at the break.
SJC came out strong with three straight goals by Ela Igdeler, Gregson and Ferchland to make it 6-5. Kean did not stay quiet though as Maggie Brocklebank tied it at six-all. Blanda added a tally for the Cougars to take the lead and Seidel converted a free-position shot to put the game at 8-6 with 16:48 left.
The Golden Eagles Kacie Mitterando drew SJC within one and at 9:12 Ferchland tied the game up once more at 8-8 and put them ahead, 9-8, with 3:31 left. Karalyn Tetelman scored the tenth goal for the home team with 2:42 remaining in the game. Kean added a late goal by Knodt with 31 seconds remaining.