Written by Joshua Soto (SJC-LI Sports Information)
Patchogue, NY| Brooke Kreuscher and Nicole Stoppelli tallied four times and Kristin Carroll dished out four assists as the second-seeded St. Joseph's College (L.I.) women's lacrosse team defeated third-seeded SUNY Old Westbury 14-6 in the Skyline Conference semifinal round to advance to the tournament final for the fourth-consecutive year.
With the victory, the Golden Eagles (9-8) extend their conference winning streak to seven games and will play Farmingdale State on Saturday in a rematch of last year's final.
Old Westbury wraps its 2017 campaign with a 7-10 mark.
Diana Johnston opened the scoring less than a minute in, and Stoppelli would double the advantage with a tally of her own at 28:30. A 9-0 run (goals from Kreuscher (3), Carroll, Barrett, Stoppelli (3), and Ally Johnston) from 25:04 to 10:34 as the Golden Eagles blew the game wide open and saw the hosts pull ahead 11-0.
Natasha Treuman ended the SJC run at 10:34 and another OW tally closed out the half with SJC leading 11-2 at the break.Kreuscher tallied the second half's opening goal at 25:02 but Old Westbury netted back-to-back goals to cut the Golden Eagles deficit to eight (12-4), but it was followed by a 2-0 stretch from SJC that put the hosts back ahead by 10 (14-4).
Old Westbury wrapped the scoring in the game, but it wasn't enough as the Golden Eagles advanced to the Skyline Conference Final with the 14-6 lead.
Diana Johnston (3), Carroll (1), and Barrett (1) all contributed to an SJC offense that generated 30 shots.
Johnston would also collect a team-high four draw controls and three groundballs.
The Skyline Conference final will be played at Farmingdale, NY where SJC will take on the Rams this Saturday at 12:00 PM. Live stats will be available here.