Monday, May 01, 2017 6:11PM
WOMEN’S LACROSSERavens lose, but make postseason

Senior midfielder Vicki Graveline (3-1-4) and senior attack Alexis Garbarino (3-0-3) scored three goals each on Saturday, to lead the way for No. 1 nationally ranked Le Moyne, as the Dolphins dealt a 17-6 loss to the Franklin Pierce University women’s lacrosse team in Northeast-10 Conference play at Ted Grant Field. The contest marked the end of the regular season for both squads.

With the loss, Franklin Pierce falls to 7-8 (5-8 NE10), while Le Moyne improves to 16-0 (13-0 NE10).

Despite the loss, Franklin Pierce qualified for the Northeast-10 Championship as the eighth and final seed, as a result of Saint Anselm’s 19-2 loss to No. 3 Adelphi on Saturday. It is the first postseason berth for the Ravens since 2009, and is just the third trip to the Northeast-10 Championship in program history (2003). The prize for Franklin Pierce is a trip back to top seed Le Moyne on Wednesday, May 3, for the quarterfinal round. Game time is set for 2 p.m. at Ted Grant Field.

On Saturday, Le Moyne poured in the game’s first seven goals over the opening 8:16, to build a lead it would never come close to relinquishing. Graveline scored twice in the game-opening run, while sophomore attack Bryanna Fazio notched a goal and an assist.

Franklin Pierce got a pair of first-half goals from junior midfielder Caitlin Sweeney ), both on free-position shots, but was ultimately outscored 13-2 in the opening stanza.

Things leveled out in the second half, as Le Moyne eased off the accelerator. The two teams traded four second-half goals each to create the 17-6 final. Franklin Pierce had four different goal-scorers in the second half, while Garbarino struck twice for Le Moyne.

Sweeney’s two goals made her the only multiple-point scorer of the afternoon for Franklin Pierce.

In net, senior Denise Hunt made 13 saves against 30 shots on goal and suffered the loss (7-8) for Franklin Pierce. At the other end of the field, freshman Hannah George (16-0) made five stops against 11 shots to pick up the win for Le Moyne.