Valletta, Kenville Lead Le Moyne over La Salle
from press release
PHILADELPHIA, PA - Le Moyne midfielders Mia Valletta
(Niskayuna, NY / Niskayuna) and Maura Kenville
(Syracuse, NY / CBA) each recorded three goals each in
leading Le Moyne to an 11-9 victory over La Salle. The Dolphins
improved to 3-4 on the season while La Salle fell to 2-3.
La Salle opened a 2-0 advantage to open the game on unassisted goals from Ashley Rutz and Jill Davis. Kenville netted her first goal of the day on the first of four assists by McKenzie Gray (Baldwinsville, NY / Baldwinsville) at the 23:03 mark of the first half trimming the gap to 2-1. Following another Explorer goal by Rutz, the Dolphins responded with goals from Gray and Nerissa Barzee (Baldwinsville, NY / Baldwinsville) to tie the game at 3-3 less than 10 minutes into the game.
Midway through the first half, Le Moyne surged ahead with three unanswered goals to take a 6-4 led with less than 14 minutes remaining in the half. Ashley Rutz connected for her third goal of the half and Rachel Baker added a goal to push a 6-6 tie going into the intermission.
In the second half, the Dolphins opened the scoring with goals from Kenville and Valletta to build an 8-6 advantage. Le Moyne and La Salle would trade goals most of the second half. La Salle pulled within one goal at 10-9 on a goal from Baldwinsville native Stefany McKee with 8:51 to play. That would be as close as the Explorers got as Jennifer Lewis (East Syracuse, NY / ESM) sealed the victory with the second of two goals on the day with nine seconds remaining.
Le Moyne was the beneficiary of outstanding play in goal once again by Kelly Fucillo (Camillus, NY / West Genesee) as the freshman net minder recorded 14 saves. In seven career games, Fucillo has recorded double figures in saves in all but two outings. She currently ranks among the nation's best in saves per game with just under 13 per game.
The win also marked the 80th career victory for head coach Lauren O'Connor.
Le Moyne returns to action on Sunday, March 22nd as they host Vermont at 2:00 PM.
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