BOSTON, MA - The third-seeded Wheelock College women's lacrosse team will meet number two seed Becker College in the New England Collegiate Conference Tournament Semifinals on Wednesday, May 1 at 4:00 p.m. in Leicester, MA.
Wheelock is one of just four teams to compete for the NECC's inaugural conference championship this season. The Wildcats are enjoying their best season in school history, having posted a 4-10 overall record, including 3-2 in league play to set a school record for season victories. Wheelock has also established new program standards for goals (145), assists (58), points (203), ground balls (306), draw controls (173) and caused turnovers (144).
The Wildcats' offense has been one of the best in the NECC, ranking second with 15.60 goals per game, led by a pair of newcomers and one of the most prolific scorers in program history. They are also one of the most balanced offensive units, boasting four of the top nine scorers in the league. Sophomore attacker Emma Marrs (Old Lyme, CT) leads the squad in her rookie campaign with a school-record 53 points and 14 assists in addition to 39 goals, which is tied for the most in school annals. Her 22 points in league play, places her sixth among NECC leaders to reinforce her standing as one of the league's top rookies. She has tallied four or more goals on five occasions with a high of eight scores as part of a school-record 14 points vs. Anna Maria College on April 8. Fellow newcomer Molly Centore (Kennebunk, ME) has made a tremendous impact in the center midfield as one of the team's best all-around players, racking up 37 points with 24 goals and 13 assists, while leading the team with a school-record 79 draw controls and 27 caused turnovers. Her 43 ground balls is the second-highest total on the team. Junior middie Katie Gavin (Manchester-by-the-Sea, MA) established herself as the greatest scorer in school history last year and continued this season by netting 38 goals to go with seven assists for 45 points in 10 matches. Gavin is the third-leading goal scorer in the NECC with 23 markers in conference matches and has been named Player of the Week this season as well. She also has 30 draw controls, 25 ground balls and 11 caused turnovers. Senior midfielder Despina Savvoulides (Norwalk, CT) has also added punch to the offense in limited action, scoring 17 points on 12 goals and five assists in just six games. Junior midfielder Christina Cubera (Baltimore, MD) has contributed on both the offensive and defensive side of the field. She's one of three players to have started all 14 matches and has chipped in with 19 points with a career-high 19 points on 14 goals and five assists. She's been a tenacious one-on-one defender as well, causing 24 turnovers, while coming up with 41 ground balls. She's also helped set the tone on offense with 19 draw controls as well.
Freshman attacker Anna Shuqom (Brookline, MA) is in the midst of a solid rookie season with 11 points in 12 matches to establish herself as a valuable starter. Sophomore attacker Liz Randall (Westford, MA) has shown great improvement during the year, contributing with three points, including a pair of goals, while scooping up 14 ground balls and causing seven turnovers. Sophomore Nancy Crowell (Meredith, NH) has shown versatility with the ability to play on the offensive and defensive side of the midfield, starting 13 of 14 matches, while scoring two goals and assisting on another. Senior Kailah Simon (Norwalk, CT) joined the team just prior to the season and has added good athleticsm to the attack, while freshman Katelyn Diamond (Westfield, MA) has provided depth in the midfield.
Freshman Kaitlyn Donnelly (Atkinson, NH) has been one of the major keys on defense for Wheelock, picking up a school-record 54 ground balls, while matching Centore for the school mark for caused turnovers with 27. She's also added nine points on four goals and five assists. Sophomore Jessica Hersom (Sanford, ME) has also been strong in the defensive midfield, causing six turnovers and scooping up 17 ground balls. Senior Taylor Rogers (Essex, MA) made the move from attack to the defense and has held her own, starting all 14 matches, while coming up with 28 ground balls and causing nine turnovers. Junior Michelle Greene (Mansfield, MA) is one of just three players on the squad to have played in at least one game in each of the program's three seasons. She has worked hard on defense to set career highs with 10 caused turnovers and 19 ground balls. Sophomore Erika Belmore (Mattapoisett, MA) has also helped to bolster the defense with four caused turnovers. She has also stepped in admirably as Wheelock's back-up goalie, making the most over her three starting assignments in net. In 180 minutes of action, she's posted a 12.33 goals against average to go with a .439 save percentage, while winning all three of her matches. Junior staring goaltender Monica Bettle (Pembroke, MA) earned the starting job after seeing limited action last year. She's played every minute of the 11 games she's appeared in, posting a 16.73 goals against mark, while registering a .372 save percentage.