from the desk of Scott Gibbons - RIC SID
PROVIDENCE, RI - Senior midfielder Emily Brooks (Kingston, NY) registered six goals and three assists for nine points as Western Connecticut defeated Rhode Island College, 17-11, in Little East Conference women's lacrosse action on Saturday afternoon.
The Colonials (5-4, 2-0 LEC) senior attacker Nicole Perrone (Brookfield, CT) contributed a game-high six draw controls, to go along with four goals and two assists for six points, while sophomore midfielder Kelsey Heaton (New Milford, CT) registered a game-high nine ground balls, chipped in with three goals and one assist, and was credited with two caused turnovers.
Junior attacker Ashley Signoriello (Cranston, RI), classmate midfielder Jessalyn O'Neill (North Providence, RI) and sophomore attacker Jessica Ricci (Hope, RI), led Rhode Island College (3-4, 0-2 LEC) with three goals apiece. Freshman defender Ashley Alardi (North Providence, RI) scored her first collegiate goal in the loss.
Western opened the game with three straight goals in the first 4:13 of action. Heaton and sophomore attacker Lindsay Gorman (Killingworth, CT) struck 14 seconds apart at 28:43 and 28:29, respectively, before Brooks posted back-to-back strikes.
Ricci posted an unassisted tally, but the visitors rattled off three straight to open up a 7-1 advantage with 22:35 remaining in the first stanza.
The Anchorwomen offense got some momentum going by scoring three of the next four, paced by two O'Neill strikes and one by Ricci, to make it 8-4 with just under 15 minutes left. The Colonials scored three of the next four, capped by a Perrone goal with 9:01 left on the clock.
Ricci and Signoriello each scored before Keaton ended the first half's scoring with 7:19 remaining, sending the visitors into halftime up by five, 12-7.
The opening minutes of the second half were all in the Anchorwomen's favor as sophomore attacker Danielle Landon (Wading River, NY) and Signoriello scored to pull the hosts within three, 12-9, with 25:24 left.
Western held the Anchorwomen without a goal on their next three possessions, while potting goals by Brooks, Perrone and freshman midfielder Carly Altemose (Stratford, CT) to raise its lead to six, 15-9, with just over 18 minutes remaining.
Brooks and Perrone scored, while O'Neill and Signoriello responded for the Anchorwomen, to account for the final score. Western held on to the ball over the final three minutes to close out the game.
WCSU junior goalkeeper Karli Portnoy (Sea Cliff, NY) made five saves to earn the win (5-4). Classmate netminder Alexa Lucchesi (Danbury, CT) made one save. RIC junior goalkeeper Taryn Carbone (Cranston, RI) recorded 15 saves in the loss (3-4).
RIC junior defender Sam Nolte (Cranston, RI) led the way for the Anchorwomen with six ground balls.
Western held a considerable advantage in shots, 43-24, and also led in draw controls, 18-12.
In upcoming action, Rhode Island College will play at Becker on Tuesday, April 9 at 6:30 pm. The Colonials play host to Wesleyan University on Tuesday at 4:30 pm.