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Women's Lacrosse Handles Wheaton, 17-6, Behind Lannan's Six Goals

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Springfield, Mass. - April 4, 2009 - Kaeleigh Lannan pumped in six goals, including five in the first half, and the Springfield College women's lacrosse team held Wheaton scoreless for a span of 35:10 as it cruised to a 17-6 victory in a New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference contest on Saturday afternoon at Stagg Field.

Springfield has now won its last six games and improves to 7-2 overall, 2-0 in league play. The Lyons drop to 5-3, 1-1.

The Pride raced out to a 4-0 lead in the opening 5:21 and never looked back as its offense was outstanding in the first half. Springfield set the tone early as on its first possession in the offensive third of the field, Erin Doolan found a cutting Megan O’Brien for the game's first goal just under three minutes in.

After a Lannan bounce shot found the back of the cage at the 24:39 mark, Wheaton answered back with its only two goals of the first half to make it a 4-2 ballgame. The Lyons' first goal came after Madeline Williams curled from behind the cage and finished a well-placed shot with 21:56 on the clock. Williams then scored again as she snuck a free position goal into the bottom corner of the net at the 19:44 mark.

The rest of the first half belonged to Springfield as it rattled off eight unanswered goals to take a commanding 12-2 halftime lead. SC used goals from Jenn Zubkus, Jackie Moscardelli, Heather Dobson, and Lannan en route to a 10-goal advantage.

Springfield started the second half with three-straight tallies to take its largest lead of the game, 15-2. O'Brien, Lannan, and Alexandra Bazzano all scored for SC before Wheaton's Caitlin Grant netted back-to-back goals for the visitors. Grant added another tally at the 2:49 mark, and Williams chipped in her third goal of the game with 33 seconds remaining. The game's final goal came on an unassisted strike by Rebecca DiSisto in the game's final 12 seconds.

Springfield's defense was especially impressive as it held the Lyons scoreless for 35:10, spanning the two halves. Lauren McAulay earned the win in goal as she posted seven saves in just over 45 minutes of work. Katlyn Lavin came in for the final 14-plus minutes.

Lannan finished with a game-high six goals as she connected on all three of her free-position shots, while Dobson added two goals and two assists. The Pride finished with a 36-19 advantage in shots and held a 15-10 advantage in draw controls.

Marianna Marcellin posted 11 saves in the loss for the Lyons, while Grant and Williams each netted hat tricks in the loss. Tess Meyer added four draw controls on the day.

The Pride return to action on Wednesday evening when it travels to take on nationally-ranked Trinity at 7:00 pm.

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