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April 10, 2014

Blue Jays Give Monks Tough Go in Lacrosse

WEST HARTFORD, Conn. – Anneka Adame (San Diego, Cal.) scored three-half goals as St. Joseph's College (of Maine) pulled away from a 6-all halftime tie to defeated the University of Saint Joseph 17-9 Thursday in a Great Northeast Athletic Conference lacrosse game at USJ.

The Monks improve to 7-6 overall and 6-1 in the GNAC. The Blue Jays move to 3-6 overall and 2-4 in the GNAC.

Rachel Foster (Newington, Conn.) and Haley Tufano (Farmington, Conn.) scored three goals apiece for USJ. Dayna Gambino (Newington, Conn.) scored two goals and Erika Leitao (Southington, Conn.) one for the Blue Jays. Justine Mojsa (Newington, Conn.) picked up a match-high eight ground balls and earned five draw controls.

Tufano had three-first half goals and Foster two for USJ, which built two-goal leads at 5-3 and 6-4. But the Monks scored the final two goals of the first half and the first five of the second half – from five different players – to take control. Mary Leasure (South Portland, Me.) scored to finish the run as the Monks led 11-6 nine minutes into the second half and SJC maintained at least a four-goal lead the rest of the way.

Anne Pitoniak (West Haven, Conn.) made 16 saves in net for USJ as the Monks outshot the Blue Jays 42-22.

USJ next plays at Norwich, Sat. April 12 in a 4 p.m. The Blue Jays host Simmons Sunday at noon.