WATERVILLE, ME - Junior goalie Monica Bettle (Pembroke, MA) racked up a school-record 20 saves for the Wheelock College women's lacrosse team in a 20-6 loss at Thomas College this afternoon on Black Field in Waterville, ME. The Wildcats fall to 0-2 on the season, while the Terriers improve to 3-1 in their home opener.
Bettle's save effort bested the former Wheelock single-game mark of 13, which was accomplished twice by Alexandra Perry in 2011. She also picked up four ground balls.
Thomas scored the first 12 goals of the afternoon, before the Wildcats got on the board on sophomore attack Emma Marrs (Old Lyme, CT) fifth goal of the season with 2:44 left in the first half. Sophomore midfielder Brittany Premo (Concord, NH) tallied the final goal of the half with 73 seconds remaining to give the Terriers a 13-1 halftime advantage. Senior middie Ceara DiBiase (Westbrook, ME) and junior attack Miranda Tinsman (Belgrade, ME) paced the home team's first half offense with three goals apiece, while sophomore midfielder Jennifer Day (Gardiner, ME) tallied four points with a goal and three assists.
Wheelock dominated the first 11 minutes of the second half with four unanswered goals, including two more from Marrs and one each from freshman midfielder Kaitlyn Donnelly (Atkinson, NH) and junior middie Christina Cubera (Baltimore, MD) to pull the visitors to within 13-5 with 19:10 to go in the game. Thomas junior attack Callie Joseph (Haverhill, MA) traded goals with Donnelly for a 14-6 score, before the Terriers netted the final six scores of the afternoon, including a pair of markers from Day.
Marrs finished the day with three goals to give her a team-leading seven on the season and added two ground balls for the Wildcats. Donnelly connected for a pair of scores and picked up five ground balls, while Cubera added two ground balls to her goal. Sophomore midfielder Molly Centore (Kennebunk, ME) broke a single-game school record on the day with 13 draw controls to erase the old mark of 10 set by Karlye Kennedy (2011-12) on April 20, 2011 vs. Rhode Island College. Centore also notched a point with an assist and picked up three ground balls.
Day finished with a game-high seven points to lead Thomas, including four goals and added eight ground balls, four draw controls and three caused turnovers. DiBiase and Tinsman each ended the day with three goals apiece. DiBiase also added five ground balls and draw controls and caused a turnover, while Tinsman came up with three ground balls and caused a turnover.
Freshman goalie Brittany Fox (Lovell, ME) stopped five shots to earn the victory for the Terriers.
Wheelock will be in action again on Wednesday, March 20 when it travels to Milton, MA to take on Curry College at 6:30 p.m., while Thomas heads to the Sunshine State for an 11:00 a.m. match on March 12 vs. Wesley College in Orlando, FL.