MILTON, MA - Players for the Wheelock College women's lacrosse team donned crimson and gold on their sticks to honor Seton Hill University in an 18-4 loss at host Curry College this evening at Walter M. Katz Field in Milton, MA. The Wildcats fall to 0-3 on the season, while the Colonels improve to 4-1.
Both Wheelock and Curry showed support for the Seton Hill University women's lacrosse team following a tragic bus accident that claimed the lives of coach Kristina Quigley and the driver Anthony Guaetta. The Wildcats and Colonels both wrapped crimson and gold tape around their sticks and wore those same colors in their hair to join lacrosse teams around the nation in a show of support for the Pennsylvania school. A moment of silence was also held in honor of the SHU team. You can show your support via the school's Facebook page at Play 4 Seton Hill or by using the hashtag #Play4SHU on twitter.
Sophomore midfielder Molly Centore (Kennebunk, ME) matched her career high with a pair of goals to lead Wheelock to go with a pair of ground balls, while junior middie Katie Gavin (Manchester-by-the-Sea, MA) led the squad with four ground balls and added a goal and caused a turnover. Sophomore attack Emma Marrs (Old Lyme, CT) netted her team-leading eighth goal of the season.
Curry scored the first 13 goals of the night, led by a trio of scores each from freshman midfielder Emma Bolton (Saddle River, NJ), senior attack Ana Bottary (Hull, MA) and junior middie Haley Carey (New Milford, CT). Gavin broke the string of goals for the Wildcats at the 1:06 mark with one of two goals that the visitors closed out the half with. Centore also put a goal on the board with just 14 seconds left in the half for Wheelock.
Centore carried her offensive momentum into the second period with the first tally of the second stanza for the Wildcats coming with 26:30 to go in the contest to make it 13-3. The Colonels scored three times over the next 14 minutes with goals from junior attack Deanna Monfredo (West Islip, NY), Carey and Bottary, before Randall found the back of the net for her first goal for Wheelock at the 10:13 mark of the second half. Bottary and junior defender Mel Brickey (Chelmsford, MA) scored a goal apiece in the final 8:50 of the match for Curry.
Bottary finished with a game-high seven points, including five goals to go with three ground balls for the Colonels. Carey ended the night with four goals and four ground balls, while Bolton scored three times and also picked up four ground balls.
Junior goalie Monica Bettle (Pembroke, MA) made 15 saves for the Wildcats, while freshman goaltender Kelton Vuilleumier (Duxbury, MA) turned away one shot to earn the victory for Curry.
Wheelock will be in action again on Tuesday, March 26 when it travels to Buzzards Bay, MA to take on Massachusetts Maritime Academy at 7:00 p.m., while the Colonels host Manhattanville College on March 22 at 6:00 p.m.