U. of New England Earns TCCC Win Over Nichols

DUDLEY, Mass. (Apr. 2) Led by seven points from sophomore midfielder Cara Cole (Norwood, Mass.), University of New England earned a 17-7 victory over host Nichols in a The Commonwealth Coast Conference game at Vendetti Field Saturday afternoon. The Nor'easters improve to 3-6 overall and 2-4 in TCCC games, while Nichols falls to 1-5 overall and 1-4 in conference games.

Cole had four goals and three assists for the Nor'easters, while Hannah Tavella (Putnam Valley, N.Y.) added five points on three goals and two assists. Jenna Barton (Wolfeboro, N.H.) also scored three goals, and Jessy Dvorak (Windsor, Conn.) chipped in with two goals and an assist.

Kathleen Dudziak (Williamstown, Mass.) scored four goals for the Bison, while Krista-Jean Forand (Plymouth, Mass.) added three.

The Nor'easters took a 3-0 lead within the opening five minutes of the game before Dudziak connected with a free position goal. Nicolle Steel (Ocean City, N.J.) answered back with a free position tally to spark the Nor'easters on an eight-goal spree, capped by an unassisted goal from Cole. Nichols scored twice more in the half before Dvorak closed out the frame with her first of the day for a 12-3 advantage at the break.

The Nor'easters scored the first four goals of the second half before Forand broke their stride to make it 16-4. Danielle Cate (Boscawen, N.H.) edged UNE back ahead before the Bison closed out the game with three consecutive tallies.

Nichols starting netminder Jennifer Brigham (Bristol, R.I.) took the loss with two saves and nine goals in the opening 13 minutes before giving way to Danielle Mott (Cranston, R.I.), who finished out the game with six saves and eight goals allowed. Samantha St. Pierre (Mechanic Falls, Maine) earned the win with two stops.

The Nor'easters outshot the Bison, 28-15 in the game, but the groundball battle was tight with Nichols holding a slim 23-21 advantage on a balanced team effort.

Nichols hosts Lasell Monday at 7:00 p.m. in a rescheduled non-conference game. The Nor'easters return to Biddeford Sunday to host #15 Bowdoin in a non-conference game.

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DUDLEY, Mass. -- Eight different players scored during the opening 30 minutes as the University of New England built a 12-3 cushion, on its way to a 17-7 The Commonwealth Coast Conference women's lacrosse triumph over Nichols College at Vendetti Field Saturday afternoon.

The Nor'easters (3-6, 2-4 TCCC) received a season-best four-goal performance from sophomore Cara Cole (Norwood, Mass.), who added three assists to her game-high point total. First-year Hannah Tavella (Putnam Valley, N.Y.) chipped in with three goals and two assists for Big Blue, which out-shot its opponent by a 28-15 margin and finished with a sizeable edge in draw controls (19-7).

Junior Jenna Barton (Wolfeboro, N.H.) also had three scores, while senior Danielle Cate (Boscawen, N.H.) and junior Jessy Dvorak (Windsor, Conn.) each tallied two goals for UNE in support. First-year Gina Iannazzi (Methuen, Mass.) picked up a match-high five draws, and classmate Johanna Currier (Holderness, N.H.) caused three turnovers.

For Nichols (1-5, 1-4 TCCC), first-year Kathleen Dudziak (Williamstown, Mass.) led the way with four goals. Junior Krista-Jean Forand (Plymouth, Mass.) recorded the remaining three markers.

UNE first-year goalie Samantha St. Pierre (Mechanic Falls, Maine) made two saves to earn the win for the Nor'easters, who return home for a non-conference tilt with nationally-ranked Bowdoin College on Sunday (1:00 p.m.).

The Bison, who got two saves in the initial 13 minutes from junior starter Jennifer Brigham (Bristol, R.I.) before classmate Danielle Mott (Cranston, R.I.) made six stops the rest of the way, take on Lasell College on Monday (7:00 p.m.).


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