BOSTON, MA - Junior midfielder Katie Gavin (Manchester-by-the-Sea, MA) scored three of her team-high six goals in the second half as the Wheelock College women's lacrosse team owned an 8-7 scoring edge in the period against visiting University of Maine Farmington in a 15-12 loss this afternoon on Winsor Field in Boston, MA. The Wildcats fall to 0-3 on the season, while the Beavers win their second match in as many days to improve to 2-1.
Gavin also picked up four ground balls, three draw controls and caused three turnovers for Wheelock. Freshman goalie Meghan Lewis (South Berwick, ME) anchored the defense with another oustanding performance, stopping 26 shots, including 15 in the second half. She also posted a 63.4% save percentage for the game. The rookie has notched 24 or more saves in all three contests to begin her collegiate career.
Junior middie Molly Centore (Kennebunk, ME) finished with five points, including four goals and added five a game-high five draw controls to go with four ground balls for Wheelock, while classmate Valerie Ferrante (Milford, MA) racked up three assists as part of a four-point day.
The Wildcats erased a 13-5 deficit in the second half when they put together a five-goal run, fueled by two scores from Centore and one apiece from Gavin, senior midfielder Christina Cubera (Baltimore, MD) and Ferrante's advantage goal to pull the Wildcats to within 13-10 with 9:09 showing in the second half. Sophomore midfielder Mara Balboni (Oakland, ME) and classmate Ayla Allen (Rumford, ME) each scored for UMaine Farmington, before Gavin closed out the contest with a pair of goals in the final 96 seconds of play for Wheelock.
The Beavers owned an 8-2 lead prior to the end of the first half, but Centore and Gavin scored the final two goals of the last six-plus minutes of the period to pull Wheelock to within 8-4 at the intermission. Gavin scored the first goal of the second stanza to bring the Wildcats to within three goals with 24:02 left in the contest.
Balboni finished the match with a school-record eight goals and added four ground balls and a pair of draw controls for the Beavers, while freshman midfielder Jaclyn Langevin (Bow, NH) finished with three goals, two draw controls, a ground ball and a caused turnover. Allen notched three points, including a pair of goals and added a pair of ground balls and a caused turnover.
Senior goalie Hannah Goodenow (Freeport, ME) stopped 11 shots to earn the victory for UMaine Farmington.
Wheelock returns to action on Tuesday, March 25 when it hosts Massachusetts Maritime Academy in a match played at Hedley Field on the campus of Pine Manor College at 3:30 p.m., while the Beavers travel to Gorham, ME to take on University of Southern Maine on March 26 at 4:00 p.m.