WATERVILLE, ME - Sophomore attack Emma Marrs (Old Lyme, CT) netted four goals in her collegiate debut for the Wheelock College women's lacrosse team in a 19-12 loss to University of Maine Farmington this afternoon at Bill Alfond Field on the campus of Colby College in Waterville, ME. The match was the season opener for both teams as the Wildcats fall to 0-1 on the season, while the Beavers improve to 1-0.
Wheelock scored three of the match's final five goals and was a perfect 10-10 on clears for the day.
UMaine Farmington opened the game with six straight goals, paced by two goals each from freshman Mara Balboni (Oakland, ME) and sophomore Maddi Kadnar (Oakland, ME). The Wildcats got on the board with the first collegiate goal off a shot from freshman attack Anna Shuqom (Brookline, MA) at 14:36 of the first half. Balboni and freshman Lyndsey Grundy (Haverhill, MA) answered with a goal apiece for the Beavers, before Wheelock came back with three unanswered scores. Senior defender Taylor Rogers (Essex, MA) Marrs and sophomore midfielder Molly Centore (Kennebunk, ME) all found the back of the net in a span of 3:24 to pull the Wildcats to within 8-4 with 6:20 left in the half. Balboni and Kadnar each scored for UMaine Farmington, before Shuqom took a feed from freshman midfielder Kaitlyn Donnelly (Atkinson, NH) and scored her second goal of the afternoon with 2:18 to go in the period, before halftime.
Balboni scored 17 seconds into the second half for the Beavers, but Centore found sophomore midfielder Nancy Crowell (Meredith, NH) for her first career goal and Marrs followed less than two minutes later with her second goal of the day to cut the deficit to 11-7 for Wheelock. UMaine Farmington and Wheelock traded goals, including an unassisted tally from junior middie Christina Cubera (Baltimore, MD) at the 22:25 mark to pull the Wildcats to within 12-8. The Beavers sandwiched five goals around a Crowell score for Wheelock to increase their advantage to 17-9 with 10:12 remaining in the contest. The Wildcats scored three of the final five goals, including a pair of markers from Marrs and one from Centore to close out the contest with four seconds left.
Marrs added a groundball to her day for Wheelock, while Centore scored twice to go with an assist, two ground balls, a pair of caused turnovers and six draw controls. Shuqom scored a pair of goals as well and picked up four ground balls and owned two draw controls. Crowell also found the twine twice and added a ground ball, a caused turnover and a draw control. Donnelly scooped up a team-high six ground balls, assisted on a score, caused a pair of turnovers and won two draw controls.
Balboni led UMaine Farmington with six goals and an assist and picked up a ground ball. Kadnar finished with five goals and an assist, while picking up two ground balls and causing two turnovers. Freshman Ayla Allen (Rumford, ME) tallied four goals to go with a game-best eight ground balls and seven draw controls in addition to a caused turnover.
Junior goaltender Monica Bettle (Pembroke, MA) stopped seven shots for the Wildcats, while junior Hannah Goodenow (Freeport, ME) turned away 12 shots to earn the victory for the Beavers.
Wheelock will return to Waterville, ME tomorrow for a 12:00 p.m. match with Thomas College, while UMaine Farmington hits the road to take on Massachusetts Institute of Technology on March 16 in Cambridge, MA at 1:00 p.m.