Roger Williams Opens TCCC Slate with Win over Big Blue

BIDDEFORD, Maine -- Roger Williams put together a 12-3 stretch to end the first half and begin the second, breaking open a close match en route to a 21-12 The Commonwealth Coast Conference women's lacrosse victory over the University of New England Saturday afternoon at the Big Blue Turf.

Winners of three straight, the Hawks (1-0 TCCC) improve to 3-1 on the season. UNE drops to 1-4 on the year, 0-2 in conference games.

Senior Kate Malenczak (Sayville, N.Y.) led the way for Roger Williams, tallying five goals and two assists. Classmate Nicole Papasergiou (Sea Cliff, N.Y.) added four scores, to go with eight draw controls and four caused turnovers. Senior Claire Halliday (Trenton, N.J.) collected a game-high 11 draws for the Hawks, who won 24 of 35 for the game.

First-year Jessica Searl (Glastonbury, Conn.) went for six points, on three goals and three assists, while classmate Tina Carpenter (Moorestown, N.J.) also recorded three markers for RWU.

Rookie goalie Meagan Connelly (Gloucester City, N.J.) earned the win, making nine saves.

For the Nor'easters, first-year Hannah Tavella (Putnam Valley, N.Y.) notched a team-high four goals. Senior Danielle Cate (Boscawen, N.H.) and junior Jessy Dvorak (Windsor, Conn.) each scored three times, and sophomore Cara Cole (Norwood, Mass.) added a pair of scores to go with a team-best five draw controls.

On the defensive end, first-year Johanna Currier (Holderness, N.H.) registered a game-high five caused turnovers. In goal, classmate Samantha St. Pierre (Mechanic Falls, Maine) made five stops.

Tied 3-3 near the midway point of the first half, Malenczak put in back-to-back scores 22 seconds apart to give the Hawks the advantage. After a goal by Dvorak trimmed the margin to one (5-4), RWU netted five of the last six goals in the frame to go up 10-5 at the break.

The visitors picked right up again in the second period, posting five of the initial six in the stanza to extend the lead to 15-6 with 25 minutes remaining.

UNE managed to reduce the deficit to six (18-12) at the 9:34 mark, but could not get any closer.

Roger Williams is back in action Tuesday, with its home-opener against Curry College at 4:00 p.m. The Nor'easters visit Gordon College on Wednesday, in a contest scheduled to begin at 4:00 p.m.

2011-03-19



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