BROOKVILLE, N.Y. – Junior Alexa Weber led with three goals and an assist, but it wasn't enough as the Bryant University women's lacrosse team dropped to Long Island University, 11-8, in Brookville on Saturday afternoon.
Long Island 11, Bryant 8
Records: Bryant (2-3, 2-3) | LIU (7-1, 5-1)
Location: Bethpage Federal Credit Union Stadium (Brookville, N.Y.)
COACH ROCHE'S COMMENTS
"LIU is a good team that executed today. Offensively, we needed to capitalize on our offensive possessions and defensively, limit their opportunities. We will learn from this and use it as motivation for our next game."
HOW IT HAPPENED
- Long Island controlled the first half after Skylar Simmonds netted a free position goal. The Sharks responded by going on a 4-1 run before the end of the half, as they took a 4-2 lead. Emma Lindquist scored the second Bryant goal which was also a free position opportunity.
- The Sharks opened the second half with a goal during the first three minutes, but the Bulldogs answered with three-straight to tie the game at five-all. Alexa Weber scored the first two of Bryant's second-half goals, followed by a goal from Devon Bolen, assisted by Shea Farrell.
- The Sharks and the Bulldogs later traded two goals apiece during a two-minute span to bring the score back to an even draw, 7-7.
- Weber found the stick of Caitlin Bolen for one final goal for the Bulldogs, but LIU outscored Bryant, 4-1, to close out the game.
- Weber led Brant's offense with three goals and an assist. She fired off seven shots and five were on frame.
- Caitlin Bolen netted two goals, picked up one groundball, and had three shots on goal.
- Devon Bolen, Lindquist, and Simmonds each netted one.
- Emily Diaz led the Bulldogs with six draw controls which mark a career-best. Devon Bolen tallied three while Shea Farrell picked up two. Margaret Adams posted one draw control.
- Gabriella Henry matched her career-high of five groundballs.
- Farrell had the lone caused turnover of the day for the Bulldogs.
- Giana Kapoosuzian started in goal for Bryant as she posted four saves in 37 minutes of play. Sam Ciancio played the final 22 minutes and tallied five saves.
- Both teams put 20 shots on goal but Bryant was outshot by a slim margin, 26-24.
- The Bulldogs posted a perfect three-for-three mark in free position opportunities compared to the Sharks who were one-for-four.
- Today's loss is the first time that Bryant fell to LIU since 2009. The Bulldogs continue to hold the all-time series record, 10-2.
Bryant welcomes Sacred Heart to Beirne Stadium on Wednesday, April 7 for a 3 p.m. meeting.