March 26, 2013

Women's Lacrosse Dominates Second Half at Massachusetts Maritime

BUZZARDS BAY, MA - The Wheelock College women's lacrosse team outscored host Massachusetts Maritime Academy, 5-1, in the second half of a 9-8 road loss this evening at Clean Harbors Field in Buzzards Bay, MA.  The Wildcats fall to 0-4 on the season, while the Buccaneers improve to 1-4.

Wheelock trailed 9-3 with 26:52 left in the second half, before shutting down Mass. Maritime for the remainder of the contest, while reeling off five straight goals over the next 23 and a half minutes to cut the deficit to 9-8 with 3:27 to go in the contest.  Junior midfielder Katie Gavin (Manchester-by-the-Sea, MA) began the second half rally for the Wildcats with a goal at the 22:10 mark, before freshman middie Kaitlyn Donnelly (Atkinson, NH) scored her third goal of the season on a feed from sophomore attack Emma Marrs (Old Lyme, CT) to pull them to within 9-5 with 14:23 to play in the second stanza.  Senior attack Despina Savvoulides (Norwalk, CT) kept the pressure on for Wheelock in her first contest in two years with her first goal of the year coming with 7:23 showing on the clock.  Freshman attack Anna Shuqom (Brookline, MA) found the back of the net just 39 seconds later to cut the margin to 9-7 for the Wildcats, before Gavin netted her second goal of the night and third of the season to bring them within 9-8 with 3:27 remaining to play.  Both teams remained scoreless the rest of the way as the Buccaneers hung on for the victory.

Mass. Maritime sailed out to a 6-1 lead less than 14 minutes into the contest, behind three goals from Molly Smith.  Senior midfielder Kim Courcy (Warwick, RI) and freshman attack Shavonne Boyle (Doylestown, PA) each scored the first two goals of the game for the Buccaneers, before sophomore middie Molly Centore (Kennebunk, ME) fed Marrs for her team-leading ninth goal of the season to put Wheelock on the board at 25:45 of the first half.  Smith scored three of the next four goals sandwiched around a tally from Boyle to give Mass. Maritime a 6-1 advantage with 16:28 to go in the half.  

Gavin connected with Marrs for her second goal of the evening at the 12:17 mark, before Centore scored less than two minutes later with her third goal of the year to cut the deficit to 6-3 with 10:25 left in the period for the Wildcats.  The Buccaneers closed out the half with scores from Boyle and Courcy to take an 8-3 cushion into the intermission.

Gavin and Marrs each finished with three points apiece to lead Wheelock.  Gavin also came up with a pair of ground balls and a draw control.  Centore also registered multiple points for the visitors with a goal and an assist, while adding a team-high five ground balls and a draw control.  Donnelly also scooped up five ground balls in addition to her goal.  

Smith topped all scorers for Mass. Maritime with four goals and added three ground balls and three draw controls, while Boyle racked up a game-high six points, including three goals to go with four ground balls and two draw controls.

Junior goalie Monica Bettle (Pembroke, MA) made nine saves for the Wildcats, while sophomore goaltender Deb Langley (Abington, MA) stopped 12 shots to earn the victory for the Buccaneers.

Wheelock will be in action again on Thursday, March 28 when it travels to North Dartmouth, MA to take on University of Massachusetts Dartmouth at 4:00 p.m., while Mass. Maritime hosts Framingham State University on March 30 at 12:00 p.m.