Brennan Leads AIC Past #16 Women's Lacrosse, 8-6

Sophomore Taylor Shannahan led the Skyhawks with three points, four ground balls and two caused turnovers. (PHOTO BY Andrew Katsampes)

Yellow Jackets junior plays role in all eight goals, while Torosian stops 13

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (April 9, 2016) – Junior Riley Brennan (Wilbraham, Massachusetts/Minnechaug Regional) had a hand in all eight goals to lead American International College, among teams receiving votes in this week's Intercollegiate Women's Lacrosse Coaches' Association (IWLCA) Division II poll, to an 8-6 triumph over 16th-ranked Stonehill College in Northeast-10 Conference women's lacrosse action at Ronald J. Abdow Field tonight.

Brennan scored seven of American International's eight goals, and assisted on the other, converting all five free-position shot attempts. Senior Cheyenne Carden (Branford, Connecticut/Branford) scored the remaining goal for the Yellow Jackets, while junior Jessica Lawler (Mexico, New York/Mexico Academy) dished out two assists.

Junior Alexis Torosian (Hopkinton, Massachusetts/Hopkinton) preserved the win in goal for AIC with 13 saves, including eight in the second half, and four ground balls as Stonehill posted a 26-16 advantage in shots for the contest. However, the Skyhawks went 0-for-4 on free-position shots, compared to 5-for-6 for the Yellow Jackets. Draws were even at eight all and Stonehill was unable to take advantage of 19 AIC turnovers, committing 11 themselves. Sophomore Kaitlyn Hess (Guilderland, New York/Guilderland) finished with four stops in the Stonehill goal, with two ground balls.

Sophomore Taylor Shannahan (Mendham, New Jersey/Morris Catholic) led Stonehill with three points on a goal and two assists with four ground balls, two caused turnovers and a draw control. Senior Caitlin Sweeney (Hollis, New Hampshire/Hollis-Brookline) netted two goals for the Skyhawks, while classmate Rebecca Matheson (Reading, Massachusetts/Reading Memorial) doled out two assists. Junior Michaela Brown (Pleasantville, New York/The Ursuline School) was among four Skyhawks with a single goal for Stonehill tonight, adding five caused turnovers and two ground balls, while classmate Elizabeth Vetter (Great River, New York/East Islip) chipped in a goal with four draw controls and two caused turnovers.

Senior Caitlin Sweeney netted two goals for the Skyhawks. (PHOTO BY Andrew Katsampes)

Stonehill held a 3-2 lead after a goal from Sweeney, assisted by Shannahan, eight and a half minutes into the game. AIC took control with four straight goals from Brennan to open a three goal lead (6-3) with 10:43 remaining in the first half. Vetter pulled the Skyhawks back within a goal, assisted by Shannahan, with 2:48 left in the frame.

Carden's 18th goal of the year, off a Brennan feed, restored AIC's three goal cushion with 23:19 to go. Stonehill got the goal back 1:06 later with junior Shannon Booth's (Peal River, New York/Nanuet) seventh marker of the year, assisted by Matheson, but Brennan added her seventh goal of the after with a free-position goal with 7:22 remaining. Brown added her first goal of the year two minutes later to cut the gap to two again (8-6), but the Skyhawks would get no closer.

Sweeney scored two of Stonehill's first three goals, while Shannahan tallied a goal and assist that produced the 3-2 lead less than ten minutes into the game. Sweeney opened the scoring two and a half minutes in, before Brennan potted two straight to push AIC in front 5:08 into the opening half. Shannahan knotted the score, assisted by Matheson, with 21:59 remaining in the half, before Sweeney's second goal of the run pushed the Skyhawks in front for the final time all night 26-seconds later.

Stonehill (5-5, 4-4 NE-10) returns to action on Wednesday when it visits 18th-ranked Bentley University for an NE-10 matchup at 7 p.m. The Skyhawks return home on Tuesday, April 19, when they host Southern New Hampshire University at 7 p.m. American International (7-4, 4-3 NE-10) travels to Franklin Pierce University on Wednesday at 6:30 p.m.

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