UNE Escapes Furious Comeback Bid by WNEC

BIDDEFORD, Maine -- The University of New England was outscored 7-2 over the final 20:26, but held on in the final moments for a 12-11 The Commonwealth Coast Conference women's lacrosse victory over Western New England College Saturday afternoon at Barbara J. Hazard Field.

Down 10-4 after the first three goals of the second half went to UNE, the Golden Bears reeled off five straight scores in 3:27 to make it 10-9 with 16:59 to play. Senior Lindsey Fenton (Amherst, Mass.) capped the run with a pair of scores.

After junior Danielle Cate (Boscawen, N.H.) pushed the UNE advantage up to three (12-9) with back-to-back goals, junior Nicole Squadrito (Ellington, Conn.) put home her second marker of the day to reduce the deficit to two with 8:59 on the clock.

Over seven minutes of action went without scoring, until Squadrito set up first-year Megan Doyle (Putnam Valley, N.Y.) to cut the lead in half. WNEC had one final push as time wound down, but could not get a shot on goal.

Cate and senior Mallory Long (Lewiston, Maine) each recorded three goals and an assist to pace the Nor'easters. Sophomores Jenna Barton (Wolfeboro, N.H.) and Jessy Dvorak (Windsor, Conn.) added two goals apiece. Classmate Ali Murray (Suffield, Conn.) picked up a team-high seven ground balls and had three caused turnovers.

UNE (8-2, 6-1 TCCC) received 18 saves from junior Tara Geraghty (Barrington, R.I.) -- matching her season-high. Fenton led the Golden Bears (5-6, 3-2 TCCC) with four markers and two assists, while Doyle chipped in with three goals.

Junior Marissa Hebert (Saco, Maine) corralled nearly half (12) of the game's draw controls, and classmate Nicole Poli (Southington, Conn.) forced five turnovers. Goalie Marissa Bonitatibus (Yorktown Heights, N.Y.) made nine saves.

WNEC surged out of the gate in the first half, grabbing a 4-1 edge less than seven minutes into the contest. The Nor'easters responded to tie things up at 4-all with 12:14 remaining in the frame, before closing the half with three goals in the final 1:36 of the stanza to take a 7-4 cushion into the break.

UNE is set to visit Regis College on Tuesday (4:00 p.m.), while the Golden Bears are scheduled to host Salve Regina University the same day.


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