NORTHAMPTON, MA - Senior midfielder Destinee Carey (New Milford, CT) notched game-highs of five goals and seven groundballs while dishing out an assist as the WestConn women's lacrosse team was edged at Smith College, 8-7, in a non-league matchup on Wednesday night.
Rookie attacker Brooke Baldelli (New Fairfield, CT) added a pair of goals for the Colonials, who dropped to 1-1 overall.
The hosts jumped out to an early 2-0 lead. However, WestConn rallied to even the score at 4-4 when Carey tickled the twine shortly before halftime.
Smith started the second half with a three-goal outburst capped with a tally from Julia Hamilton - good for the hat trick - to extend the lead to 7-4 with 20:50 remaining.
Trailing 8-5, Carey took a pass from sophomore Lauren Bradshaw (Bethel, CT) and connected on her fifth goal of the game with 8:05 left. Shortly thereafter, Baldelli found the back of the net from Carey, slicing the advantage to 8-7 with 2:16 remaining. WestConn had an opportunity to net the equalizer with 1:23 left, however, the blazing shot sailed just wide.
Moments later, Smith was able to gain the clear to fend off the surge.
Senior netminder Missy O'Donnell (Bridgeport, CT) finished with a pair of saves and took the loss for the Colonials, while Sarah Price stopped 12 shots in goal for the hosts to earn the win, upping their record to 2-1.
WestConn outshot Smith 22-11 and forced them into 32 turnovers, while committing just 20.
"We were hungry, but made mistakes and the other team capitalized on them. Being a second half team won't cut it and I am hopeful we have learned this lesson: we have to play the full 60 minutes," said WestConn head coach Jenn Thomas after the tough loss.
The Colonials return to action at Connecticut College on Friday at 7 p.m. The game against the Camels was originally scheduled for Saturday afternoon, but the projected storm forced the change.