WEST HARTFORD, CT -- A balanced scoring attack and the finest game of the season for goalkeeper Colleen Tencza and the Gators defense led Pine Manor lacrosse to its first league win since joining the Great Northeast Athletic Conference, besting St. Joseph (CT) on the road Saturday afternoon, 10-8.
"It just really came together today," said second-year Pine Manor head coach Jess Blair.
Sophomores Beth Deegan (left) and Molly Manley, who entered the game as the Gators leading scorers with 11 and six goals, respectively, paced the Gators with three goals each. After the teams went into halftime tied at 4-4, the first of Manley's two second-half goals broke a 6-6 tie with 20:27 to play, giving the Gators the lead for good.
Senior Elaine Rodriguez and freshman Myrell Redmond, who entered the day tied for third with five goals on the season, followed with two goals each.
"Everyone played really well today," said Blair, whose Gators had dropped five straight to open the season. "Everyone played well. They're excited."
While it was the usual suspects who handled the scoring, goalkeeper Colleen Tencza and the Gators defense rose to the occasion, turning in their best performance yet. Playing minutes from home, the Meridan, CT native held the Blue Jays to only eight goals - over ten fewer than what teams had been averaging on the Gators through the team's first five games.
Tencza's fellow freshman Redmond, meanwhile, has scored one or more goals in the first five games of her career. Deegan, who entered the day ninth in the GNAC in shots per game at 5.20, extended her team lead in goals to 14.
In addition to being the first win of the season for Blair's Gators, it's a milestone win for the program, marking the first league win since lacrosse joined the GNAC three seasons ago.
The Gators outshot an opponent for the first time all season, 16-15. St. Joseph, meanwhile, lost in spite of a commanding 25-9 lead in ground balls.
Diana Soucier led the Blue Jays with five goals and five ground balls. Redmond scooped a team-high three ground balls for the Gators.
Pine Manor is in action again Tuesday night at 7, hitting the road to play Simmons at Winsor School in Boston.
Sat, March 27, 2010
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