March 18, 2009

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St. Francis Snaps 48-Game Losing Streak

from press release

LORETTO, Pa. - The Saint Francis lacrosse team had six players score multiple goals in snapping a 48-game losing streak with a 20-3 victory over Howard on Wednesday afternoon at DeGol Field.

The win marked the first under third-year head coach Steph Marcon.

Freshman Chelsea Kent (Winter Springs, Fla. / Winter Springs) set the single-game school record with six goals, and tied the single-game mark with eight points for the second time this season. In last week's season opener, Kent tied the school records with five goals, three assists and eight points.

Saint Francis set a single-game school mark with 20 goals in the game, including 11 in the first half. It marked the eight-year-old program's third-ever victory, and the first since an 11-6 win over Robert Morris on April 6, 2005. The three goals allowed are the fewest in school history.

The Red Flash improved to 1-2 on the year, and will look for a second straight win when they travel to Monmouth at 4 p.m. on Friday.

In addition to Kent's six-goal, two-assist game, SFU had six other players tally goals. Freshman Catherine Helming (Canandaigua, N.Y. Canandaigua Academy) had four goals, freshman Kate Simmons (Delran, N.J. / Delran) had three goals and two assists, sophomore Meg Lamarche (Webster, N.Y. / Webster Thomas) added two goals and two assists, freshman Brittany Kovacs (Oshawa, Ontario, Canada / R.S. McLaughlin CVI) had two goals and one assist, freshman Sheri Fort (Sicklerville, N.J. / Washington Township, N.J.) had two goals, and freshman Pariss Townsend-Griffin (Silver Springs, Md. / Elizabeth Seton) added one goal and two assists.

Sophomore Danielle Pokusa (Cinnaminson, N.J. / Cinnaminson) earned her first career win by making nine saves between the pipes. Helming's four goals are tied for second for a game in school history.

The Red Flash scored the first three goals of the game, and never looked back. Kovacs tallied the game's first goal just 25 seconds in, and Fort scored 24 seconds later to make it 2-0.

Simmons then scored to make it 3-0 before the Bison cut it to 3-1. However, Kent picked up the game-winner in scoring the next two goals as Saint Francis jumped out 5-1.

The Flash outshot Howard 35-16, and held a 16-8 edge in draw controls.

Saint Francis has reached double figures in goals in all three games this season, a first for the program. SFU had not reached double figures in goals in the previous 45 contests.

Through just three games, Kent has accumulated 13 goals, seven assists and 20 points. She is well on her way to reaching the single-season school records in each category. The single-season school record for goals is 20, and the school mark for points is 24. She already sits tied for third on the program's single-season assists list with seven, just five shy of the school mark.


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