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April 13, 2014

Blue Jays Rally, but fall to Simmons 11-10

WEST HARTFORD, Conn. – The University of Saint Joseph lacrosse team rallied furiously from a seven-goal, second-half deficit, but came up just short as Simmons defeated the Blue Jays 11-10 Sunday in a Great Northeast Athletic Conference game at St. Joseph.

Simmons improved to 6-5 overall and 5-3 in the GNAC. USJ is 3-8 overall and 2-6 in the GNAC.

Rachel Foster (Newington, Conn.) and Dayna Gambino (Newington, Conn.) scored three goals each for USJ and Erika Leitao (Southington, Conn.) scored twice and picked up a team-high six ground balls. Ashley Sheehan (N. Attleboro, Mass.) scored four times for Simmons, Stephanie Oliveri (Waltham, Mass.) scored three and Seneca Martensson (East Longmeadow, Mass.) scooped up eight ground balls.

Simmons led 5-3 at halftime and pushed its lead to 10-3 on Oliveri's third goal with 26:54 to play. Foster and Justine Mojsa (Newington, Conn.) scored next for USJ, but a goal from Simmons' Ali Stonehouse (Keene, N.H.) put the sharks up 11-5 with 21:55 left.

The Blue Jays then scored the final five goals of the game, two by Foster, and pulled within 11-10 on a goal from Hayley Tufano (Farmington, Conn.) with 1:30 to play. The Blue Jays got two shots off in the final 40 seconds, but Simmons goalkeeper Crystal Derosier (Kingston, Mass.) made a key save on a free position shot with 26 seconds left.

St. Joseph plays at Johnson & Wales Wed. April 16 in a 4 p.m. GNAC game.