Big Second Half Lifts #6 Stonehill Past American International, 18-5

Sophomore Mary Lee Mahony led the Skyhawks with three goals and three assists this afternoon. (PHOTO BY Shane Bufano)

Skyhawks post fifth straight win behind Mahony's six points, Sullivan's five goals

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (March 29, 2012) – Stonehill College, ranked sixth in this week's Intercollegiate Women's Lacrosse Coaches Association (IWLCA) Division II poll, outscored American International College 10-1 after halftime to run away with an 18-5 victory in Northeast-10 Conference women's lacrosse action at Ronald J. Abdow Field this afternoon.

Sophomore Mary Lee Mahony (Yardley, Pa./Villa Joseph Marie) totaled six points with three goals and three assists, while junior Heather Sullivan (Andover, Mass./Andover) netted five goals to lead Stonehill to its fifth-straight win and remain perfect in Conference play. Junior Kayla Green (Londonderry, N.H./Londonderry) contributed three goals, a ground ball and caused turnover, while freshman Jillian Yung (Bridgewater, Mass./Bridgewater-Raynham) netted two goals to go with four caused turnovers, four ground balls and two draw controls. Junior All-American Kelsey Reilly (Hingham, Mass./Notre Dame Academy) chipped in with a goal and assist with three draw controls, three caused turnovers and two ground balls.

Junior All-American Rebecca Moore (Marlborough, Mass./St. Mark's School) posted eight saves (five first half) in goal for Stonehill. The Skyhawks finished with a 34-20 advantage for shots on the afternoon, converting 5-of-8 free position shots, while American International was 0-for-4 for free position attempts. Stonehill was successful on 17-of-18 clear attempts, limiting the Yellow Jackets to 15-for-21, with AIC finishing with a 13-12 edge in draw controls. Sophomore Nicole Sawula (Hatfield, Mass./Northampton) registered 13 stops in the goal for American International.

Junior Heather Sullivan netted a game-high five goals for the Skyhawks. (PHOTO BY Shane Bufano)

Seniors Ashleigh and Courtney Szawlowski (Northampton, Mass./Northampton) both finished with three points for American International. Ashleigh totaled two goals and an assist with five draw controls, while Courtney added a goal and two assists with two ground balls, two draw controls and a caused turnover. Junior Bridget Szawlowski (Northampton, Mass./Northampton) chipped in with a goal and two caused turnovers.

Ashleigh Szawlowski struck first for AIC with the opening goal, assisted by junior Jamie Gruschow (East Henrietta, N.Y./Rush-Henrietta), just 39-seconds into the contest. Stonehill responded a minute later when Sullivan netted her first of the game to start a string of five straight goals. Sullivan and Mahony both scored two goals, while freshman Cassandra McGill (Westborough, Mass./Westborough) added a marker for the Skyhawks.

AIC answered with three goals over a three minute span to pull within one (5-4) after a Courtney Szawlowski score, assisted by Ashleigh Szawlowski, with 9:34 to play in the half. Courtney Szawlowski played a role in all three Yellow Jacket scores during that run with a goal and two assists, while Ashley Szawlowski had a goal and assist.

Stonehill quieted the run when Green scored on a free-position shot with 9:02 left in the frame as the Skyhawks scored the last three goals of the half to take an 8-4 lead into intermission. Sullivan and freshman Keri Gould (Duxbury, Mass./Duxbury) each added goals for Stonehill.

Stonehill kept the run going into the second half, netting the first six goals of the frame to take control (14-4). Yung and Green both scored twice during that stretch that saw the Skyhawks open a ten goal lead with 19:05 left, while Mahony and Reilly each recorded a goal and assist. After an unassisted goal by Bridget Szawlowski with 18:09 to play, the Skyhawks scored the final four goals of the contest, two by Sullivan, to cap the scoring.

Stonehill (7-1, 5-0 NE-10) is back in action on Saturday when it visits 7th-ranked University of New Haven for a key NE-10 matchup at 1 p.m. The Skyhawks return home on Saturday, April 7, to host defending National Champion Adelphi University at 11:30 a.m. American International (1-6, 1-4 NE-10) visits 8th-ranked Bentley University on Saturday at noon.