Eastern Connecticut State Downs Salve Regina

MIDDLETOWN, R.I. Senior Taylor MacDonald (Oak Bluffs, Mass.) scored four goals and dished out a pair of assists to lead Eastern Connecticut State University to a 16-11 win over Salve Regina University in non-conference women's lacrosse Tuesday afternoon at Gaudet Field.

Seniors Katie Beers (Trumbull, Conn.) and Brooke Wayte (Bellport, N.Y.), along with sophomore Ashley Prizio (Brookfield, Conn.), all chipped in with two goals and an assist for the Warriors (1-2), who picked up their first win of the season and moved to 2-1 all-time against Salve Regina. Senior Sarah Baker (Summit, N.J.) scored four goals to lead the Seahawks (0-1), who were playing their season-opener and first-ever home contest on turf.

"I thought our team had a very strong showing," said Seahawks head coach Jen Eldridge. "Natalie Balletta had a great game in goal. We have a lot of new players who made an immediate impact. We have a strong foundation in place, and we're going to keep putting the pieces together."

The Seahawks quickly fell behind 2-0 as Beers and MacDonald scored in the opening 1:57 of the contest, but responded with five unanswered goals including two by junior Nicole Viola (Scarborough, Maine) to take a 5-2 lead. The two teams traded the next four goals (7-4) before ECSU closed the half on a 4-0 run to take an 8-7 lead into halftime.

Goals by Wayte at 7:12 and Prizio at 3:48 cut the SRU lead to 7-6, and following a penalty on Seahawk senior Angelina Campbell (Falmouth, Maine), Beers and Buchanan tallied man-up goals to put the visitors in front following 30 minutes of action.

Baker opened the second-half scoring with her third of the game at 28:05 to even the score at eight. The next few minutes saw each team score twice before a goal by Seahawk sophomore Sarah Livingston (Westford, Mass.) at 26:20 evened the score at 10.

The Warriors answered with goals by MacDonald at 24:38 and senior Courtney Bedocs (Hamden, Conn.) to build a 12-10 lead which they would never relinquished. Baker got the Seahawks to within a goal (12-11) with 16:17 on the clock, but ECSU closed the game with four unanswered goals.

The Warriors outshot the Seahawks 37-30 on the afternoon and held a 24-16 edge in ground balls. Balletta (Leominster, Mass.) finished the contest with 13 saves for Salve Regina while freshman Nancy Ibrahim (Lindenhurst, N.Y.) made 14 saves to collect her first collegiate victory.

For the Seahawks, Viola and Livingston each finished with two goals while sophomore Michelle Massey (Mendon, Mass.) collected a team-high four ground balls and senior Erika Curtin (Huntington, N.Y.) led the team with six draw controls.

Salve Regina returns to action on Tuesday when it hosts Bridgewater State at 5:30 p.m. at Gaudet Field. The Warriors travel to Poughkeepsie, N.Y. to face Vassar College on Wednesday, March 17 at 6:00 p.m.


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