Worcester, MA --- Curry senior Haley Carey (N. Milford, CT) registered seven points on five goals and two assists as she helped propel the second-seeded Colonel's to an 11-7 triumph over top-seeded Worcester State in the ECAC Division III New England Women's Lacrosse Championship game this afternoon at Coughlin Field.
With the victory, Curry (11-9) captured their first-ever ECAC New England crown in their fourth title game appearance.
The Lancers see their year end at 13-5 after earning their programs first berth in the ECAC championship contest. The Blue and Gold also wrap up the season tying the program record for the most wins in a single campaign.
Senior Mel Brickley (Chelmsford, MA) did a little bit of everything with five draws, three ground balls and two assists and one goal en route to the tournament's Most Outstanding Player award. Brickley also had an eight-point contest in Curry's semifinal victory over third-seeded Rivier.
Other standouts in the championship victory included freshman Alli Schoff (Berwick, ME) who had a hat-trick while Carey also shared the team lead with five draws. Sophomore Alexis Cran (Branford, CT) collected five ground balls and she had a pair of caused turnovers to help lead the charge defensively for the Colonels.
Sophomore teammates Kaila Chase (Northbridge, MA) and Jackie Connors (Ashland, MA) both ended the game with two goals and one helper apiece for Worcester State as junior Jackie Lawlor (Westford, MA) and sophomore Katelyn Murphy (Billerica, MA) both chipped in with five ground balls each.
Curry snapped a tie game at the intermission when Carey and Schoff potted markers early in the second period for the 6-4 edge with 27:52 on the clock.
The hosts responded with goals by Chase and senior Vicki O'Brien (Canton, MA) to knot up the contest, just five minutes into the final frame.
After Carey registered her team-best 61st of the campaign, Connors answered the call after a nifty feed by Chase to help tie up the game at 7-7 with 13:41 remaining.
But the Colonel's scored two quick goals and went up 9-7 almost two minutes later.
Scoff recorded the eventual game-winner taking advantage of an errant Worcester State pass in the midfield and then Carey tacked on another marker with a free position shot at the 9:32 mark.
The Lancers tried everything they could do to get back into the game, but they did not put a quality shot on the net for the remainder of regulation and the offense committed three key turnovers in front of Curry's net down the stretch.
Freshman Malorie Knowlton (Norfolk, MA) and Brickey sent in the final two tallies to help seal up the win for the Colonels.
Worcester State opened the contest with the early 3-1 advantage as Chase tacked on the final goal of the spurt with 13:14 left in the first period. Curry battled back and after consecutive markers by Carey and Shoff just 19 ticks apart, the visitors tied up the game at 3-3 nearly 1½ minutes later.
Freshm an Alaina Martin (E. Longmeadow, MA) put the Lancers up by one score with 9:30 showing on the board before sophomore Emma Bolton (Mahwah, NJ) connected for the equalizer with three seconds left for the 4-4 contest at the intermission.
Junior Christina Wallis (Peabody, MA) stopped five shots and she added three ground balls while her record improved to 8-7 on the campaign.
Freshman Lea Robichaud (Holden, MA) turned aside 12 attempts on net as her record fell to 13-5, tying the previous single-season record in the process.
Curry finished with the 30-15 margin in shots – including the 16-4 edge in the second half. The Colonel's also led in ground balls (28-23), draws (12-7) and were effective on their clears for the game (18-for-20).
After going 8-for-12 on clears in the opening frame, the Lancers were successful on only half of their attempts in the final stanza (7-for-14).
The Colonel's only converted two of their 12 bids from the eight-meter line as the Blue and Gold were 2-for-5, but did not get a free possession attempt in the final 30 minutes of regulation.
For their efforts on the week, Chase and Robichaud were both honored by the MASCAC.
Bottom Picture: Captains holding ECAC Division III New England Women's Lacrosse Runner-Up Trophy. Pictured (Left To Right): Senior Vicki O'Brien, junior Angela Grassetti and classmate Jackie Lawlor