South Leads Women's Lacrosse Past Mt. St. Vincent, 21-16

UNION, N.J. (4/26/11) – Senior Amanda South tied a school record with 11 goals as the Kean University women's lacrosse team held off College of Mount Saint Vincent, 21-16, in the Skyline Conference quarterfinals on Tuesday evening.

The Cougars (9-8) advance to face top-seeded Montclair State University on Thursday, April 28, at 7 p.m.

Senior Jessie Mitchell led the Dolphins (6-8) with five goals and six draw controls.

Mount Saint Vincent scored five straight goals in a seven minute span to pull to within 19-16 on the goal by Erin Woerner with 3:08 remaining in the game, before the Cougars closed out the win with two goals in the final 33 seconds, as South (pictured left) scored her 11th goal and assisted on the final goal of the game by sophomore Kat Halasz.

The Dolphins scored four straight goals early in the game to take a 5-3 lead on the goal by Mitchell midway through the half.  South gave the Cougars the lead for good with three straight goals and sophomore Lyndsey Cannon extended the Kean lead to 7-5 with the free position goal with 7:27 left in the first half.

Kean would then extend the lead to 10-7 at halftime with back-to-back goals by sophomore Stephanie Tocko and Cannon.

Sophomore Nicole Flores would pull the Dolphins to within 10-8 with the first goal of the second half, before South would give the Cougars a 16-9 lead with five of the game's next seven goals.  The Cougars pushed the lead to 18-9 following goals by senior Danielle Bussiere and Cannon (pictured right) and would lead 19-11 on the unassisted goal by freshman Ciara Mastrodomenico with just under 11 minutes remaining. 

South converted 11 of her 12 shots to tie the single-game record held also held by Melissa Nunez (2005), while her 12 points are tied for the second most points in school history.

Cannon finished with five goals and two assists, while Mastrodomenico added one goal, two assists, three draw controls and three caused turnovers.

For the Dolphins, senior Lauren Perla added five goals, three draw controls and two caused turnovers and goalkeeper Michelle Miller made seven saves.