WORCESTER, MA – Despite a game-high five goals from rookie attacker Brooke Baldelli (New Fairfield, CT), the Western Connecticut women's lacrosse team fell at non-league nemesis Worcester State, 9-8, on Tuesday evening at Coughlin Field. The Lancers rallied in the second half and notched the game-winner when Mackenzie Little scored with just 27 seconds remaining.
Sophomore midfielder Lauren Bradshaw (Bethel, CT) added a goal and dished out two assists for the Colonials, while junior Olivia Kosilla (Ellington, CT) chipped in with one goal and one assist. Senior goalkeeper Missy O'Donnell (Bridgeport, CT) took the loss for WestConn, while stopping 10 shots.
The Colonials started the game with a 4-1 run. Kosilla ignited the barrage when she scored unassisted less than three minutes into the opening half. Senior midfielder Meaghan Gustafson (Newington, CT) capped the spurt when she found the back of the net shortly before halftime.
The hosts cut the advantage to 4-3 early in the second half. The Colonials then countered as Baldelli pierced the scoring column twice, extending the margin to 6-3. However, the Lancers put together a four-goal run of their own and took their first lead of the game when Alexis Vecchiarelli took a feed from Little and buried a shot into the net, making it 7-6 with 8:21 remaining.
WestConn retaliated to even the count when Bradshaw scored. Vecchiarelli then earned her second goal of the game to put the Lancers back on top with 2:22 left. Down a player, the Colonials deadlocked the score at 8-8 with 46 seconds remaining when Bradshaw zipped a pass to Baldelli as she cut in front of the cage and fired a low shot into the twine for the equalizer. However, Worcester State won the ensuing draw control and Little weaved past a pair of defenders in for the final tally with 27 seconds left as the Lancers captured their first victory of the year, improving to 1-3 overall.
With the loss, the Colonials dropped to 4-4. They return to action to open LEC play when they travel to Keene State on Saturday at 1 p.m.