BOSTON, Mass. – First year midfielder Analise Giarrusso (Hingham, Mass.) tallied her first three collegiate goals to lead the Simmons College women's lacrosse team to a 7-5 victory over visiting Manhattanville College this afternoon at Winsor Field in Boston, Mass. in the season opener for both teams. The Sharks improve to 1-0 on the season, while the Valiants fall to 0-1. The victory was also the first for Simmons Head Coach Taylor Bastien, who is in her first year with the Sharks.
Manhattanville held Simmons scoreless for the rest of the game, while scoring a pair of goals to pull within 7-5, but it was as close as the Valiants would get for the rest of the contest. Junior midfielder Sarah Dalsey (Ocean City, N.J.) scored with 10:14 showing in the second half and found the back of the net again with 77 seconds left in the match.
The Simmons defense held the Valiants without a goal over the next 18 minutes, while the offense scored three unanswered goals to open up a 4-1 cushion. Giarrusso scored her first collegiate goal on a free position shot at 18:51, before Maiewski tallied her first career goal just over 10 minutes later to give the home team a 3-1 margin. Bragg gave the Sharks a 4-1 lead with her first collegiate goal coming with a player advantage at the 2:44 mark of the first period.
First year goalie Kenzie Rogers (Bourne, Mass.) earned her first collegiate victory with 10 saves, while the Sharks held the Valiants scoreless on eight free position attempts. Junior goalie Lauren Cassidy (Oceanside, N.Y.) turned away 14 shots on goal for Manhattanville.
Simmons returns to action on Tuesday, March 8 when it heads to Henniker, N.H. to take on New England College at 4:00 p.m., while the Valiants travel to Hackettstown, N.J. to play Centenary College a 3:00 p.m. on March 10.