Smithfield, R.I. (April 21, 2013) -- The Mount St. Mary's women's lacrosse team fell to Bryant on Sunday by a 15-2 final to close out the regular season. The Mount will be the fourth seed in next weekend's Northeast Conference Tournament with a semifinal matchup with top-seeded Monmouth on Friday, April 26, in West Long Branch, N.J.
Sophomore Erin Seipp scored both goals for the Mount (7-10, 6-3 NEC) to match her scoring output of last season with 23 goals. Bryant (9-7, 6-3 NEC) took a 10-2 halftime lead and added five second-half goals to secure a 15-2 victory and lock up the third seed in the upcoming NEC Tournament.
The Bulldogs scored the first eight goals of the game before Seipp's first tally with 11:36 left in the first half got the Mount on the board. Lauren Descalzo scored two of Bryant's first eight goals and finished with a game-high five on the day.
Less than three minutes after the Mount's first goal, Lisa Vendel's third score of the game made it 9-1 in favor of the Bulldogs.
Seipp scored her second goal of the game with just under five minutes to go in the half to cut the Mount's deficit to 9-2. For Seipp, it was her seventh multi-goal game of the season and 14th of her career.
Bryant's Kim Sniffen finished the second of her three strikes on the game with 19 seconds on the first half clock for a 10-2 halftime score.
Three more goals by the Bulldogs put the Mount in a 13-2 hole with 20 minutes to play. Bryant scored again with 9:45 and 6:05 remaining to close out the game.
Bryant outshot the Mount, 31-9, and had more draw controls (12-7) and ground balls (15-10) than the visitors. Goalkeeper Sarah Jane Leder made five saves and led the Mountaineers with three ground balls. Junior Lindsay Diaz secured a team-high three draw controls and had three shots on the offensive end.
For the Bulldogs, Descalzo tallied five goals, while Sniffen, Vendel and Shannon Burns all picked up hat tricks. Brianna Watt stopped six shots in goal for the Bulldogs.
Next up, the Mount will begin the NEC Tournament with the semifinals against Monmouth on Friday, April 26. Monmouth defeated Central Connecticut State on Sunday to clinch the regular season crown and earn the right to host the NEC Tournament.