Vassar's First Half Stops Rams Streak

Vassar's First Half Stops Rams Streak

Vassar's First Half Stops Rams Streak

Vassar College - 13, Farmingdale State - 8

Poughkeepsie, N.Y. (April 7, 2009)– The Farmingdale State women's lacrosse team fell behind 11-5 in the first half against Vassar College (4-6) and could not overcome the deficit, falling 13-8, and breaking a four game win streak on Tuesday afternoon. The Rams record now stands at 5-3 overall.

The Brewers got on board less than a minute into the game as sophomore attack Moe Byrne laid a ball off to senior attack Jessie Albert who fired home her ninth goal of the year. It looked as though it would be an easy day for Vassar, as the Brewers raced out to a quick 5-0 lead in just over six minutes, thanks to another tally from Albert, and one apiece from Byrne, senior midfielder Christine Eaccarino, and junior midfielder Larisa Lasko.

However, four unanswered goals, three from sophomore midfielder Justine Rothar (Levittown, N.Y.) and one from freshman attack Jessica Maddaloni (Deer Park, N.Y.) pulled the Rams to within a goal, 5-4, with 11:07 to play in the half. The Brewers responded by outscoring Farmingdale 6-1 in the final ten minutes of the half to take an 11-5 lead into the final frame. Eaccarino played a large role in reestablishing her team’s advantage during that time, with two goals and two assists.

That halftime lead proved crucial for Vassar. After their high-scoring first half, the Brewers struggled offensively in the second, as Farmingdale outscored Vassar, 3-2.

For the Rams, Rothar powered the offense with five goals. Maddaloni, senior midfielder Theresa Rokee (Lindenhurst, N.Y.), and sophomore midfielder Jackie Messina (Smithtown, N.Y.) added one goal apiece. Freshman goalkeeper Courtney Cook (Deer Park, N.Y.) made 10 saves for the Rams in the loss.

Farmingdale State now hosts Skyline opponent Polytechnic on Saturday, April 11th at 10:00 a.m.