DANBURY, CT – Junior midfielder Lauren Bradshaw (Bethel, CT) tallied team-highs of four goals and three assists, while sophomore attacker Brooke Baldelli (New Fairfield, CT) added a hat trick as the Western Connecticut State University women's lacrosse team fell to visiting non-conference opponent Smith College, 16-9, on Sunday afternoon. With the loss, the Colonials dropped both games this weekend, moving to 3-6 overall, while the Pioneers rebounded from their Saturday loss, improving to 6-3.
Shots, groundballs and turnovers were nearly even for both teams. However, Smith converted on 7-of-9 free position attempts, while WestConn hit for 5-of-12. The Pioneers also held a commanding edge in draw controls, 17-10.
Senior midfielder Caroline Myran (Philadelphia, PA) paced the visitors with a game-high seven goals to go along with one assist, while junior attacker Chloe Harris (Alexandria, VA) chipped in with five scoring strikes and a helper. WestConn rookie Caroline Galligan (Marshfield, MA) notched a game-high eight draw controls.
The Colonials drew first blood less than a minute into the contest when Baldelli netted her team-leading 32nd goal of the year. However, Smith countered with a 6-0 run. The hosts battled back to slice the gap to 6-3 when Bradshaw tickled the twine with 15:26 left in the first half.
That was as close as the Colonials would get as the Pioneers led 9-4 at the break before extending the margin to 12-4 early in the second.
WestConn rookie goalkeeper Jennifer Sawicki (Westbury, NY) dropped to 3-6 overall and stopped eight shots, while Smith senior goalie Sarah Price (Hudson, OH) improved to 4-3 and recorded 10 saves.
"We are making strides in the right direction and had a few players that stepped up to the plate to make some big time plays," said WestConn head coach Jennifer Thomas. "This weekend was great to get two competitive games in and we're looking forward to the week ahead," she added.
The Colonials return to action against visiting non-league foe Coast Guard on Wednesday at 7 p.m.