February 17, 2014

Explorers Explode for 17 Goals in Season Opener

from press release

PHILADELPHIA - The La Salle lacrosse squad opened its 2014 season in style, racing out to a six-goal lead and never looking back in a 17-5 rout of LIU Brooklyn on Monday afternoon at McCarthy Stadium.

The Explorers had to wait an extra two days to open the season, thanks to the recent string of winter storms, but were hot offensively on a below-freezing afternoon.

Junior sharpshooter Caitlyn Brostrand led all scorers with five goals and added one assist for six points. Katelyn Fay and Kelly Furman added hat tricks with three goals and one assist apiece. Claire Andrews also added four points on one goal and three assists.

LIU's Jenn Peters led the visitors with three goals.

Rookie Gabby Antonelli was terrific in her collegiate debut. She earned the start in goal and recorded seven saves while giving up just four goals. Erin McCabe also helped defensively with a game-high three caused turnovers and Jackie Donato picked up four draw controls.

"We've had a tough couple of weeks preparing for the season but we feel like we really came together as a team to earn the win," Head Coach Candace Taglianetti Bossell said. "We were just thrilled to be outside and having the opportunity to play [LIU Brooklyn] in our home opener. We know that we have a lot to work on but it was nice to showcase our 2014 team."

The Explorers (1-0) scored their first six goals less than seven minutes into the contest. They drew first blood just 40 seconds in when Andrews found Maggie O'Ferrall (2g, 0a) for the opening score. Less than a minute later, Furman found Fay around the net, who rocketed in a nice shot at close range.

O'Ferrall scored her second goal just over a minute later on a Brostrand pass.

Brostrand then recorded back-to-back goals and Furman added her first of the game for the six-goal lead, prompting an LIU timeout.

The Blackbirds (0-1) got on the scoreboard after their timeout, when Mary McQueen found Brittany Rader for the score at 19:36.

Neither team found the net for another five minutes until Alanna Diffendal broke the drought with a score at 14:17. Andrews scored her first of the game two minutes later to go up 8-1.

The Blackbirds got one back on a man-up opportunity with McQueen hitting an unassisted goal.

Fay, Brostrand and Katie Fonte scored the Explorers' final three goals of the half, and LIU's Peters added the first of her three.

The Explorers came out of the halftime break firing, scoring six straight and keeping the Blackbirds out of the net until there was just over five minutes remaining. Brostrand and Furman scored two apiece in that stretch, along with Fay and Abby O'Donnell.

Peters scored two more in the final 5:27 for the 17-5 score.

The Explorers doubled up the Blackbirds on shots taken, 28-14, and picked up 21 ground balls to just four for the Blackbirds.

LIU dominated the draw controls, 16-8.

The Explorers return to action on Wednesday when they head to Temple for a 3 p.m. first draw.


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