Brookhaven, N.Y. - Dowling scored the first five goals of the game and never looked back as it defeated St. Thomas Aquinas 16-4, in the semifinals of the East Coast Conference (ECC) Women's Lacrosse Championship. The Golden Lions advance to the title game where they will face No. 2 nationally ranked LIU Post on Saturday May 3 at 12 p.m.
Junior Jackie Andersen and Senior Sam Stavish led the attack for Dowling (13-5). Andersen finish with eight goals, while Stavish had five.
The Golden Lions never trailed as Andersen opened up the scoring as Allie Merrill and Jerilynn Goodfellow each found the back of the net take the early 3-0 lead. Stavish scored a pair of goals from inside the circle to lead by five with 23:57 remaining in the half. STAC notched their first goal of a shot from inside the circle. Merrill answered back with her second goal of the day to spark Dowling on a 4-0 run. The Spartans tried to cut the deficit as they scored the final goal of the half on a free position shot. The Golden Lions headed into halftime with a 9-2 lead.
Stavish and Andersen scored a combine of seven goals in the second half. Stavish scored two in the first five minutes of the second half. Andersen then scored three consecutive goals to take the 15-2 lead with 13:22 remaining in the game. Stavish then scored her fifth goal of the game with 10 minutes left to play. The Spartans halted Dowling's scoring run with back-to-back unanswered goals to close out the game, 16-4.
Dowling dominated nearly every statistical category as it outshot St. Thomas Aquinas, 30-19, and picked up 13 ground balls to 5 for the Spartans. The Golden Lions won 13-of-21 draw controls. Dowling forced 10 STAC turnovers. Tina Fey and Spartan goalkeeper Kaitlyn Lonergan each finished with seven saves.
The Golden Lions gets a chance to avenge its only loss in conference when it takes on No. 2 LIU Post Pioneers (17-0) on Saturday at 12 p.m. in the championship game in Brookville, N.Y.
Provided by the Dowling Sports Information Department.