April 18, 2013

Savvoulides Leads Women's Lacrosse at Emmanuel

BOSTON, MA - Senior midfielder Despina Savvoulides (Norwalk, CT) tallied a team-high two points for the Wheelock College women's lacrosse team in a 15-4 loss to host Emmanuel College this evening at Clemente Field in Boston, MA.  The Wildcats fall to 2-9 on the season, while the Saints improve to 8-4.

Savvoulides scored a goal and assisted on another for Wheelock.  Sophomore middie Molly Centore (Kennebunk, ME) contributed on both the offensive and defensive side of the field, scoring a goal, while picking up a team-high five ground balls to go with a pair of caused turnovers and a draw control.  Junior middie Katie Gavin (Manchester-by-the-Sea, MA) found the back of the net, scooped up four ground balls, won three draw controls and caused a turnover, while freshman attacker Anna Shuqom (Brookline, MA) netted a goal and caused a pair of turnovers.  Freshman defensive midfielder Kaitlyn Donnelly (Atkinson, NH) was active on the defensive end, coming up with a game-high five caused turnovers, while adding four ground balls, an assist and a draw control.

The Wildcats came on strong to close out the contest with four of the night's final five goals in the last 10 minutes of the contest.  

The Saints took control of the action early, scoring six goals over the first 10 minutes of play, never looking back. Freshman Sarah Higgins (Groveland, MA) got the scoring started with her 21st tally of the year just 1:34 into the game to make it 1-0. Freshman Monica Burdick (Pawcatuck, CT) made it 2-0 with 26:44 to play in the half before Higgins made it 3-0 just 15 seconds later. Senior co-captain Madeline Leahy (Cohasset, MA) made it 4-0 with her 18th goal of the season at the 24:02 marker and in doing so became the program's all-time leading scorer with 76 career goals, surpassing former teammate Logan Carr (Class of 2012). 

The Saints continued to roll as sophomores Sarah Wootten (Berlin, MD) and Alexia Basile (West Hartford, CT) got into the scoring mix less than a minute apart to make it 6-0 with 20:06 remaining. Leahy netted her second goal of the contest to make it 7-0 before Emmanuel's leading scorer, freshman Kristen Tuleja (Mansfield, MA) increased the hosts lead to 8-0 with her 31st goal of the campaign.

Higgins, Leahy and Tuleja would all add goals over the final 15 minutes of the first half to make it 11-0 heading into the halftime intermission. 

Emmanuel increased its lead to 14-0 with the first three tallies of the second half as sophomore Madison Altwies (Southington, CT) made it 12-0 with her 20th goal of the year. Basile bumped the lead to 13-0 at the 18:55 marker before sophomore Megan Mattox (Upton, MA) scored her first goal of the 2013 campaign to make it 14-0. 

The Wildcats came alive midway through the second half, scoring four unanswered goals to cut the lead to 14-4. Shuqom converted a fast break goal started by Donnelly to get Wheelock on the board with 10:13 left to play to make it 14-1. Centore made it 14-2 with another fast break score, this time the play was started by Savvoulides. With 5:12 to play, Gavin found the back of the net on an unassisted tally to make it 14-3, before Savvoulides rounded out the Wildcats scoring effort with her 10th goal of the year with 4:07 remaining to make it 14-4. 

Emmanuel would add a late goal by Wooten to account for the 15-4 final. 

Mattox finished with a game-high six groundballs to pace the Saints. Tuleja ended the night with five points on two goals and three assists and now has 43 total points on the year, the most by a freshman in a single-season in the program's three-year history. 

Freshman goalie Lauren White (Lynnfield, MA) made four saves to earn her eighth victory of the season for Emmanuel, while junior Monica Bettle (Pembroke, MA) stopped eight shots for the Wildcats.

Wheelock will be in action again on Saturday, April 20 when it hosts New England Collegiate Conference rival Bay Path College at 12:00 p.m., while the Saints host Anna Maria College in their regular season finale on the same day at 3:00 p.m.