Emmitsburg, Md. (March 24, 2013) -- Erin Seipp's first hat trick of the season powered the Mount St. Mary's women's lacrosse team to a 14-9 win over visiting LIU Brooklyn in Northeast Conference action at Waldron Family Stadium on Sunday afternoon. Seipp also assisted on two other Mount goals for her third career five-point game.
Trailing 3-1 with 20 minutes to play in the first half, the Mount (3-7, 2-0 NEC) tallied 13 of the game's next 15 goals to take a 14-5 lead with 15:29 left in the game. Eight different players found the back of the net for the Mount as the team reached double digits for the second time this season. The Mount made the most of free position opportunities with six goals on eight attempts.
Kaitlyn Larrimore got the Mount on the board less than a minute into the game. Larrimore finished with two goals and one assist on the day. LIU Brooklyn (0-9, 0-2 NEC) scored three goals in a row to seize a 3-1 advantage with 10 minutes gone. Caitlin Farrell, who scored the Blackbirds' first goal, finished with a game-high four tallies in the loss.
The Mountaineers took the advantage and stretched it to 6-3 with three goals in a 2:30 span on shots off the sticks of Diaz, McGann and Mary MacAdam.
Both teams scored once in the last five minutes of the half for a 7-4 Mount lead heading into the break.
The Mount began the second half with four goals in the opening 8:36, including two strikes from Seipp, to take an 11-4 lead.
Another LIU Brooklyn goal with 21 minutes to play did not stop the Mountaineers' momentum as the home team connected on the next three scores from Diaz, MacAdam and Molly Morris for a 14-5 advantage. The Blackbirds managed the final four tallies of the contest, but it was not enough as the Mount improved to 2-0 to begin NEC play for the third season in a row.
In the physical contest that saw 62 fouls, 32 of which were on the Blackbirds, the Mount had more ground balls (25-17) and draw controls (13-12) than their opponent in the same game for the second time this season.
Kimberly Kovar chipped in with two goals for LIU Brooklyn to go with Farrell's four, while Alexis Maldonado made six saves in goal.
For the Mount, Sarah Jane Leder stopped four shots between the pipes and Steph Rurkowski played the final 10:33 of the contest with one save. Seipp's hat trick led the offense as Larrimore, McGann, MacAdam and Diaz all added two goals apiece.
Next on the schedule is a showdown with defending NEC champion Monmouth on Friday, March 29, at 1:00 p.m. at Waldron Family Stadium on campus.