Written by Joshua Soto (SJC-LI Sports Information)
Patchogue, NY| Behind a four-goal, five-assist day from Nicole Stoppelli the St. Joseph's College (L.I.) women's lacrosse team soared past USMMA, 17-6, in a Skyline Conference matchup on Staurday afternoon at Danzi Stadium. The Golden Eagles now sit at 7-8 (6-1 Skyline) on the year as the Mariners drop to 4-6 (2-4 Skyline).
Brooke Kreuscher tallied her 100th career goal (63 goals from Dowling) with 2:32 minutes left in the second half, while Stoppelli's career-best four goals and five assists totaled a career-high nine points.
Carroll opened the scoring three minutes into the game when she took the ball up the middle for an unassisted goal to give SJC a 1-0 lead. Tricia Barrett and Diana Johnston followed with back-to-back tallies at the 25:00 and 22:00 minute marks, and Brooke Kruescher unleashed three-consecutive goals in less than three minutes to give the hosts a 6-0 lead with 19:35 left in the first half.
After a steady five minutes, USMMA slowed down the SJC offense with a goal to cut its deficit to five (6-1), but Johnston's goal at the 5:55 mark sparked a 5-1 that saw SJC take a 11-2 lead into the break.
Stoppelli scored a free-position goal in 28:56 to open the scoring in the second, giving the Golden Eagles' a 10-point lead (12-2). A free position goal by USMMA cut its deficit to nine, but back-to-back goals by Stoppelli and Kreuscher gave SJC a 14-3 lead.
USMMA and SJC each tallied a goal at the 15:03 and 13:22, respectively. The Mariners scored once more at 11:06, before Ally Johnston and Carroll goals saw the Golden Eagles go ahead 17-5. USMMA netted one goal at 3:18, but it wasn't enough as SJC cruised to a 17-6 victory.
Lindsay Ramos made six saves in her route to her seventh victory of the season.
The Golden Eagles, who clinched the #2 seed for the Skyline Conference Championship with Saturday's win, will play its final home game of the season on Wednesday, April 29 at 4:00 PM vs. Sage. Live stats will be available here.