Schwartz scores twice to lead #8 women's soccer past Lesley

Samantha Schwartz '18 (Photo by John Risley)
Samantha Schwartz '18 (Photo by John Risley)

WALTHAM, Massachusetts — Junior Samantha Schwartz (Highland Park, Ill./Highland Park) scored a goal in each half tonight to lead the eighth-ranked Brandeis University women's soccer team to a 2-0 victory over visiting Lesley University on Gordon Field. With the win, the Judges extend the best start in school history to 12 unbeaten games at 11-0-1, while the Lynx fall to 7-4-2.



  • Schwartz got all the scoring the Judges would need in the 20th minute.  
  • Classmate Haliana Burhans (Charlotte, Vt./Champlain Valley Union) slipped the ball through the defense to Schwartz about 25 yards from goal.
  • Schwartz dribbled through the left of the box and shot back towards the right to beat Lesley keeper Lilly Donovan (Newburyport, Mass./Newburyport).
  • In the 56th minute, senior Lea McDaniel (Phoenix, Ariz./Chaparral) made a nice move on the end line to dispossess and shake free of a defender.
  • McDaniel found Schwartz at the corner of the six-yard box, where she turned and fired a shot through a screen and by Donovan.
  • The two-goal performance was Schwartz's second of the season and the third of her career, while the game-winning goal was her second this year and the eighth of her college career.



  • Brandeis outshot Lesley, 14-3, for the game, including 10-1 in shots on goal.
  • Judge senior Alexis Grossman (Sysosset, N.Y./Syosset) made one save to record her 27th career win and 18th career shutout.
  • Grossman moves into a tie for third with Natasha Pieciak '05 on the career shutout list, five behind the program record. She also moves four back of fourth place on the all-time wins list.
  • Lesley's Donovan had eight saves in the losing effort.


  • At 11-0-1, the Judges are off to the best 12-game start in school history.
  • Their 12-game unbeaten streak is their longest since winning 12 in a row after dropping the 2014 opener.
  • Nine of the Judges' 11 wins have come by shutout. The school record is 14, set in 2012.


  • Brandeis returns to University Athletic Association play on Saturday at 11 a.m. against Case Western Reserve University as part of the University's Homecoming Weekend.
  • Lesley meets Bay Path in a New England Collegiate Conference matchup Saturday at 2 p.m.

- by Adam Levin '94, sports information director