Fileti Nets Eight Goals as Smith Outguns Westfield State

NORTHAMPTON, Mass.--Meaghan Fileti became the fifth player to hit the 100 goal mark in program history, scoring a career high eight times in a 17-14 win over Westfield State on Tuesday afternoon. The win marks consecutive victories for Smith for the first time since 2010 and gives the team as many wins as they had in all of 2011.

Smith improved to 4-3 with the victory, while Westfield State dropped to 1-4 with the defeat.

Fileti entered the game needing six goals to become the fifth centurion in the history of Smith lacrosse - she joins Alexa Wilder '99, Amanda Edelhart '01 (175), Jennifer Myers '94 (112), and Sara Fleet '92 (105). The eight goals tied Myers' for the fourth best single game mark at Smith.

Fileti got her first goal 50 seconds into the game, and though the Owls tied the score on a goal from Amanda Bouchard, the Pioneers reeled off four straight goals to take a 5-1 lead. Jessica Lillquist broke the tie, and Fileti grabbed her second at the 24:17 mark. Mckenzie Hessel added a third on a free position goal, and Jenny Estes score the first of her three on the day for a 5-1 advantage.

Two goals from Maura Stack brought the Owls to within 5-3, and the teams traded the next six goals until the Pioneers closed the half with a free position goal from MK Pasini and Fileti's fourth of the game, set up by Hessel, for a 10-6 lead at halftime.

The Owls came out of fire to start the second half, scoring the first four goals of the stanza and tying the score at 10. Genna Raffaelo started the streak, and Nicole DiPilato, Lee Meskevich, and Maura Stack all found the net in the scoring burst.

Fileti put Smith in front for good by scoring the next three goals, the second of which put her into 100 goal territory. Jessica Lillquist and Jenny Estes made it 15-10 with 21:53 to play, but the Owls would not go away, getting goals from DiPilato, Amanda Bouchard, Ronica Proulx, and Meskevich to cut the lead to 15-14.

Yet another goal from Fileti restored a two goal margin with 3:49 to play, and Hessle gave Smith some breathing room with an unassisted tally with 15 seconds remaining. Alina Pechacek had another outstanding game in net, making 11 saves. Hannah Joyce played 48:28 in net for Westfield State, making 13 saves, while Jill Robinson made one save in 11:32 of action.

Stack scored five times for the Owls, while Meskevich, Bouchard, and DiPilato found the net twice. Estes finished with a hat trick for Smith, while Hessel scored twice and Becky Bracken and Pasini each netted once.

Smith will finish up a set of three straight home games when they host Elms College on March 29 at 4:30 p.m. Westfield State will play a non-conference game at Norwich University on March 29 at 4:00 p.m.

2012-03-27



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