#9 Stonehill Overpowers Assumption, 19-11

Senior Kelsey Shannahan matched her career high with five goals to lead the Skyhawks tonight. (PHOTO BY Andrew Katsampes)

Shannahan, Rudden and Gould fire Skyhawks to win in NE-10 opener 

EASTON, Mass. (March  19, 2014) – Stonehill College, ranked ninth in this week's Intercollegiate Women's Lacrosse Coaches Association (IWLCA) Division II poll, opened its home and Conference schedule on a winning note with a 19-11 triumph over Assumption College in Northeast-10 Conference women's lacrosse action at Timothy J. Coughlin Memorial Field at W.B. Mason Stadium tonight.

Senior Kelsey Shannahan (Mendham, N.J./Morris Catholic) matched her career high with five goals to lead the way for Stonehill, adding three ground balls, two draw controls and a caused turnover. Junior Keri Gould (Duxbury, Mass./Duxbury) also posted a career-high five points on a career-best four goals and an assist, while junior Brooke Rudden (Hopkinton, Mass./Hopkinton) contributed a goal and career-best four assists for the Skyhawks, chipping in with four ground balls and a caused turnover. Sophomore Caitlin Sweeney (Hollis, N.H./Hollis-Brookline) and freshman Elizabeth Vetter (Great River, N.Y./East Islip) each netted a hat trick for Stonehill.

Junior Ashley Armstrong (Northborough, Mass./Algonquin Regional) preserved the win with ten saves with Stonehill finishing with a 31-29 edge in shots, converting 5-of-8 free-position shots and adding an 18-14 advantage with draw controls. Freshman Jaclyn Chirco (Hopkinton, Mass./Hopkinton) finished with eight stops in the Assumption goal.

Senior Kathryn Beall (Shrewsbury, Mass./Shrewsbury) led Assumption with three goals, five draw controls, two ground balls and two caused turnovers. Junior Amy McNeil (Orange, Conn./Amity) contributed two goals and an assist for three points, while freshman Quincy Wilkins (Wilbraham, Mass./Minnechaug) and sophomore Kate Graydon (Kennebunkport, Maine/Kennebunk) each chipped in with a pair of goals.

Junior Keri Gould posted career-bests of four goals and five points tonight. (PHOTO BY Shane Bufano)

Stonehill scored four of the first five goals, with the first two coming off the stick of Vetter in the opening 2:10, to immediately take charge. After McNeil put Assumption on the scoreboard, Gould and junior Lizzie Lane (Sandwich, Mass./Bishop Stang) both added markers, while Rudden dished out assists on two of the Skyhawks first four goals.

Assumption closed within 5-4 with a Beall goal with 12:22 remaining in the half. Stonehill kicked off a four goal run over the next three minutes with a free position goal by junior Cassandra McGill (Westborough, Mass./Westborough) 20 seconds later. Shannahan followed with three straight markers for a 9-4 lead with 9:44 remaining in the half. Junior Camille Auger (Kennebunk, Maine/Kennebunk) and Wilkins scored around a marker by Emily Kessel (Kennebunk, Maine/Kennebunk) to pull the Greyhounds back within four (10-6) with 2:21 left in the half, but Gould scored the first two of her three straight Stonehill markers to send the Skyhawks into halftime with a 12-6 lead.

Stonehill's run reached five goals to put the hosts up 15-6 with 19:05 to play as Rudden played a role in the first three goals of the half with a goal and two assists. Gould scored the opening goal of the half after three minutes off a Rudden feed, before Rudden added a free-position goal and then dealt Shannahan's fourth marker of the night.

Assumption scored three of the next four goals to creep back within 16-9 after a free-position goal from sophomore Julianna Molloy (Guilford, Conn./Guilford) with 9:51 on the clock. Stonehill kept the Greyhounds at arm's length the rest of the way behind Sweeney's three goals over the final 8:22 to seal victory.

Stonehill (2-2, 1-0 NE-10) is back in action on Saturday when it visits 10th-ranked University of New Haven for a key early season NE-10 clash at 1 p.m. The Skyhawks return home the following Saturday, March 29, at 1 p.m. Assumption (4-1, 2-1 NE-10) hosts Southern New Hampshire University on Saturday at 3 p.m.

For the latest on Stonehill Athletics, follow the Skyhawks via social media on Twitter and Facebook. Fans can also download the Stonehill Skyhawks mobile app on iTunes and the Android Market.