SMITHFIELD, R.I. – The Bryant University women's lacrosse team received goals from eight different players and outscored Saint Francis U. 13-1 in the first half on its way to a 16-6 victory Friday afternoon at DeGol Field.
With the win, the Bulldogs (8-4, 4-0 Northeast Conference) keep pace with Robert Morris and set up a battle for first place on Sunday afternoon. The Red Flash fall to 6-7 overall and 1-3 in the NEC.
Sophomore Jess DeMeo (Mount Sinai, N.Y.) led the Black and Gold with four goals, her fourth game of the year with 4+ goals, while junior Catlin Brown (San Diego, Calif.) posted her fourth hat trick of the season and finished with four points. Senior Ali Cardinal (Schenectady, N.Y.), sophomore Katherine Clark (New Fairfield, Conn.) and freshman Caitlin Breglia (Long Beach, N.Y.) each chipped in a pair of goals for the Bulldogs.
Brown led Bryant with three draw controls, Cardinal chipped in two ground balls and three caused turnovers and senior Molly Martin (Island Park, N.Y.) posted four caused turnovers. Junior Samantha Santeramo (Wantagh, N.Y.) turned aside eight of 10 shots in 43 minutes of action.
Bryant wasted little time on Friday as DeMeo scored just 16 seconds into the game. Goals from Brown and DeMeo made it 3-0 less than six minutes in before SFU's Lauren Ryan posted the only goal of the half for hosts.
After nearly eight minutes of no scoring, DeMeo potted free-position goals 55 seconds apart from each other to make it 5-1. Cardinal and Breglia each chipped in two goals over the final 15 minutes of play, while Jasmine Perkins (West Babylon, N.Y.), Leah Nocera (Westwood, Mass.) and Meaghan Brennan (Glen Head, N.Y.) all registered goals.
Clark capped Bryant's scoring with goals six minutes apart in the second half. Her first came off an assist from freshman Maggie Pressler (Smithfield, R.I.) and her second was an unassisted marker.
Ryan and Holly Lawrence each finished with two goals for the Red Flash. Ashley Stoessel made eight saves in the loss.
Bryant visits Robert Morris on Sunday in a battle for first place. First draw is scheduled for 12:00 p.m.