DANBURY, CT - Senior Destinee Carey (New Milford, CT) scored a game-high five goals to lift the Western Connecticut State University women's lacrosse team to a convincing 19-7 victory over visiting University of Southern Maine at The Westside Athletic Complex on Senior Day on Saturday afternoon.
Olivia Kosilla (Ellington, CT) finished with nine total points as she scored four goals and assisted on five others. Freshmen sensation Brooke Baldelli (New Fairfield, CT) added four markers and a pair of helpers for the winners.
Senior netminder Missy O'Donnell (Bridgeport, CT) made 10 saves, many of them a point-blank range, for WestConn.
Lauren Lessard (Lewiston, ME), Aliza Jordan (Gorham, ME) and Allison Irish (Lyman, ME) each scored two goals for the Huskies, which fall to 7-8 overall and 1-5 in Little East Conference action.
WestConn, now 8-9 overall and 3-3 in the league, earned the number four seed and will host fifth seeded University of Massachusetts Dartmouth in the Quarterfinal Round game in the upcoming LEC Tournament, which begins on Tuesday, May 2. Game time will be decided on Sunday.
The Colonials raced out to a 10-1 lead midway through the first half when Kosilla scored her 41st goal of the season off a feed from Nicole Evangelisa (Franklin Square, NY).
The Huskies drew within eight goals following Jordan's 34th goal of the season with 6:50 left before intermission.
Baldelli's 46th goal of the season put the hosts up 12-2 with 6:16 remaining before the break.
Leading 14-2 to open the second stanza, WestConn took its foot off the gas pedal and coasted to victory.
"The new season starts now," commented second-year head coach Jennifer Thomas. "We are looking forward to the tournament and competing at our highest potential. It's all about who shows up and we are ready to show up."
The Colonials fell to Southern Maine, 10-9 in overtime in last year's opening round of the LEC Tournament.
The Huskies secured the sixth seed and will travel to either Keene State College on Tuesday.
Eastern Connecticut defeated Plymouth State, 9-8 on Saturday to captured the regular-season LEC slate at 6-0. It earned the top seed while Plymouth State finished in second. Both teams earned a bye in the LEC's first round.