DANBURY, Conn. – The Western Connecticut State University women's lacrosse team edged the Lancers of Worcester State by a score of 9-8 in a Saturday afternoon non-conference game.
March 24, 2018
Westside Athletic Complex
Score: Western Connecticut 9, Worcester State 8
Records: Western Connecticut (3-2) | Worcester State (3-3)
The Colonials opened the game with a staggering 5-0 run as the contest appeared headed for a lopsided margin. However, Worcester State systematically chiseled away the advantage, setting up a breathtaking last second finish. The Lancers would cut the deficit to 5-3 before WestConn answered with a pair of scoring strikes to make it 7-3 at the break.
The Lancers opened the second half with a three-goal spurt, slicing the gap to 7-6. The Colonials responded with goals from Brook Baldelli (New Fairfield, Conn.) and rookie midfielder Molly Morrison (Bow, N.H.) to extend the lead to 9-6 with just under five minutes remaining. Moments later, Alexis Vecchiarelli (Agawam, Mass.) found the back of the net with 3:42 left on the clock. She then took a nifty feed from rookie Rachel Hopkins (Chelmsford, Mass.) and tickled the twine, cutting the advantage to one-goal yet again with just over a minute remaining. With four seconds to go Worcester had a chance at the equalizer on a free position shot. However, it sailed just wide as time expired.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS
- Baldelli netted four goals and dished out an assist to lead the Western Connecticut, while Worcester State's Vecchiarelli tallied four goals and two assists in the setback. With the four, Vecchiarelli reached her 100th career goal in the setback. She currently has 103 career goals at Worcester State.
- WestConn junior midfielder Lauren Bradshaw (Bethel, Conn.) chipped in with two goals and a game-high three assists, while rookie Caroline Galligan (Marshfield, Mass.) and classmate Kelly Lourenco (New Milford, Conn.) each finished with a goal and an assist.
- Worcester State rookie Abby Magnuson (Ellington, Conn.) tickled the twine twice.
- WestConn rookie Jennifer Sawicki (Westbury, N.Y.) was stellar between the pipes, improving to 3-2 overall en route to an 11-save performance.
- Rookie netminder Chloe O'Brien (Sturbridge, Mass.) was equally impressive for the Lancers as she fell to 2-3 while turning aside nine shots.
- Worcester State held a 11-9 advantage in draws, 10-8 edge in ground balls, while the teams were even at 26-26 in the shots category.
The Lancers will begin a 5-game homestand on Thursday (Mar. 29) against Curry and will host Framingham State on Saturday (Mar. 31) in the MASCAC opener.
Release Courtesy of Western Connecticut Sports Information