Western New England Sails by Salve Regina

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. Sophomore Jeanmarie Barbato (Huntington Station, NY) netted four goals all in the first half as the Western New England College women's lacrosse team cruised to its third consecutive win in a 17-2 defeat over visiting Salve Regina on Tuesday (April 14) on Senior Day.

Seniors Michelle Thompson (Wilbraham, MA), Erin Conn (Yorktown Heights, NY), Cougar Moynihan (South Glastonbury, CT), Ashley Richard (South Hadley, MA), and Brie Sylvia (West Tisbury, MA) were honored prior to the game for their services on the lacrosse field.

Western New England College exploded to a 10-0 run ignited by Thompson (three goals, one assist) and Barbato who each scored back-to-back goals before Salve Regina senior Nicole Fecteau (Wilbraham, MA) (two draw controls) scored at 10:59 in the first half. Sophomore Nicole Viola (Scarborough, ME) had the assist.

WNEC put together a 3-0 run by senior Lindsay Fenton (Pelham, MA) (three goals, one assist), Conn (three goals), and sophomore Nicole Squadrito (Ellington, CT) who scored her first goal of the season on a free position shot in the last nine minutes for a 13-1 lead at halftime.

Salve Regina broke up another Golden Bears run at 18:00 in the second half as senior Brittany Marino (Mt. Sinai, NY) put in her team's last score of the game. She also had two draw controls. Moynihan and Conn wrapped up the scoring with 11 minutes remaining in the contest.

On the defensive end, sophomore Nicole Poli (Medfield, MA) picked up seven ground balls, had four caused turnovers, and a draw control. Sylvia got her first start and victory this season and finished with nine saves. Junior goalie Sarah Barker (Summit, NJ) collected six saves for the Seahawks.

Western New England College is now 7-5 overall and 5-2 in The Commonwealth Coast Conference. Salve Regina drops to 3-6 overall and 1-4 in the conference.


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