Gators fall to Amcats, 19-16

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Weston, MA -- Sophomore Molly Manley tied a game high with seven points, as Anna Maria distanced itself from the Gators early in the second half in Pine Manor's 19-16 setback Thursday night  at Amcat Field.

Manley's seven points came on six goals, both career bests for the midfielder. Fellow sophomore Beth Deegan followed with five goals and tied for game-high honors with seven ground balls, and midfielders Myrell Redmond and Elaine Rodriguez added two goals each.

The Amcats stormed out to a 5-0 lead with four different players scoring in the first 14 minutes. Manley and Redmond stopped the bleeding with back-to-back goals within 40 seconds of each other midway through the first. Anna Maria answered with two goals of its own, taking a 9-2 lead with under 9:00 remaining in the half.

Jess Blair's club, which scored only three goals in Saturday's loss to Mount Ida, rallied in a major way going into halftime. Deegan scored just 13 seconds after the Amcats went up by seven, and Rodriguez, Manley and Deegan then alternated goals, respectively, to crawl within 9-6. After another Deegan score, her and Manley then each completed their hat tricks with goals in the final 2:00 to go into halftime trailing 9-8 after six straight Gators goals.

The home team, however, regained momentium coming out of the locker room, in part due to Gators penalties. Leading 10-9 with 27:00 remaining, Anna Maria ripped off five straight goals, three at plus-strength after a Deegan yellow card, to open up a 15-9 lead a the midway point of the second. Sophomore Katie Schebel was the difference maker, not just in the streak, but in the game, as her fifth and sixth goals capped the run that would ultimately decide the contest.

Pine Manor forged a late rally with two straight Manley goals and sophomore Kasey Jeronimo's first as a Gator, but penalties again cost the Gators. Anna Maria benefitted from two goals in the wake of a Glenn Grushko yellow card to take a 19-14 lead with under 3:00 remaining. Manley and Deegan found the back of the net in response, but to no avail, as the Gators fell 19-16.

Schebel led all players with seven goals, also a career high. Sanday Acosta tied Deegan with seven ground balls, as the Amcats outshot the Gators 39-26 and bested Pine Manor 35-23 in ground balls in improving to 1-3.

For the Gators, Colleen Tencza made a game-high 10 saves.

Pine Manor (0-2) returns to GNAC play, traveling to St. Joseph's (ME) on Saturday at 3 p.m.


2011 Record: 1-5

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MONDAY, MAY 2, 2011
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