Mass. College Lax: Photos From Adrian-Worcester State


Here are some photos from today’s Adrian-Worcester State women’s lacrosse game. The Bulldogs earned the lead and never looked back as they defeated the Lancers, 18-6.

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Mass. College Lax: Saturday Roundup

Alyssa Buffis recored a career-best seven goals, two assists and nine points, which helped the Bison top the Leopards in Boston! (Photo Credit: Nichols College Athletics)

Alyssa Buffis recored a career-best seven goals, two assists and nine points as the Bison topped the Leopards in Boston! (Photo Credit: Nichols College Athletics)


Another Saturday of lacrosse is in the books and below is various game summaries from across the state.

Men’s Lacrosse:

Bucknell 16, Holy Cross 9 – Michael Ortlieb, who is the Crusaders goaltender, scored two goals, but that wasn’t enough to spark the visitors as the seventh-ranked Bison improved to 9-2 overall and 3-0 in the Patriot League.

Saint Joseph’s 7, UMass 6 – Matt Whippen and Ryan Izzo netted two goals, respectively, while Will Manny recorded two points (one goal, one assist), but that wasn’t enough to help the Minutemen defeat Hawks in Philadelphia.

Duke 12, Harvard 11 – The Blue Devils sealed the win with a 4-0 run in the fourth as Duke defeated Harvard for the second time three seasons. Murphy Vandervelde recorded a hat trick in the setback, while Peter Schwartz finished with two strikes and two helpers.

Merrimack College 19, Saint Rose 2 – Greg Melaugh recorded a game-best five points (five goals) as the Warriors cruised to their fourth victory of the season.

Pace 9, Bentley University 6 – Jason Knight’s fourth quarter strike brought the Falcons within one with 8:37 remaining, but the Setters responded with two tallies, which secured the win.

Tufts University 16, Trinity College 12 – Andrew Fiamengo recorded five points (three goals, two assists), Beau Wood recorded a hat trick as the Jumbos defeated the Bantams and earned their fifth straight win.

Amherst College 11, Hamilton 6 – The Lord Jeffs three-game losing streak is history as Quinn Moroney’s four points (two goals, two assists) lifted the visitors to their third win of the season.

Wheaton College 11, Clark University 4 – Matthew Hillman recorded a game-best five goals as the Lyons defeated the Cougars and earned their first Pilgrim League victory of the season.

Springfield College 11, WNEC 10 – Ryan Murphy netted four goals, while Ryon Lynch and Bryce Serriello recorded two goals, respectively, as the Pride defeated the Golden Bears.

Women’s Lacrosse:

Boston College 10, Virginia 7 – Sarah Mannelly recorded a hat trick, Mikaela Rix netted two strikes as the Eagles soared past the ninth-ranked Cavaliers in Newton.

Holy Cross 15, Colgate 14 (OT) – Sara Hennessey (three goals, one assist) netted the game-winner on a free possession with one second remaining in the extra session as the Crusaders snapped their four-game skid.

UMass 20, La Salle 11 – Cori Murray, who finished with three goals and three assists, recorded her 100th career point as No. 16/11 UMass defeated La Salle and extended their current winning streak to six games.

Adelphi 12, Stonehill College 5 – The Panthers raced out to a 7-1 lead and never looked back as they defeated the Skyhawks and improved to 9-0 overall and 5-0 in NE-10 play. Heather Sullivan and Kelsey Shannahan led Stonehill with two goals apiece.

Trinity College 13, Tufts University 4 – The Bantams ballooned an 8-0 advantage at the break into a nine-point victory against the Jumbos in Connecticut. Trinity, the reigning NCAA Division III champion, extended its winning streak to 15 games. Kerry Eaton led Tufts with three points (two goals, one assist).

Amherst College 15, Hamilton College 6 – Priscilla Tyler recorded a game-best four points (three goals, one assist) as the Lord Jeffs extended their winning streak to four games.

WNEC 16, Castleton State 11 – Kaitlynn Stevens netted four strikes, while Megan Doyle and Jessica Scannapieco each recorded hat tricks as the Golden Bears topped the Spartans in a non-conference clash.

Nichols College 20, Wentworth 17 (OT) – Alyssa Bufis recorded career-highs with seven goals, two assists and nine points, while teammate Erica Antonison recorded a career-best six goals as the Bison defeated the Leopards in overtime.

Mass. College Lax: Adrian 18, Worcester State 6

Adrian's Olivia Duncan recorded a game-best nine points (six goals, three assists) as the Bulldogs defeated Worcester State on Saturday! (Photo Credit: Matt Noonan for

Adrian’s Olivia Duncan recorded a game-best nine points (six goals, three assists) as the Bulldogs defeated Worcester State on Saturday! (Photo Credit: Matt Noonan for

By Matt Noonan 

WORCESTER, MA – Olivia Duncan recorded a season-best nine points (six goals, three assists), while Maddie Dugan added five points (four goals, one assist) as Adrian College defeated Worcester State University, 18-6.

Jaclyn Lawlor led the Lancers with a team-best two tallies, while Molly Kilday, Jackie Connors, Kalia Chase and Vicki O’Brien recorded one goal apiece in the setback.

“We kind of came out a little bit nervous (and) a little bit flat,” Worcester State coach Deb Draper said. “(We’ll) learn from this one and we’re just going to go into the rest of our games stronger (and) we know what we have to fix.”

The Bulldogs (8-2) jumped out to a three-goal lead before Kilday answered with an unassisted strike at 19:33.

Adrian responded with a pair from Dugan and one strike from Duncan, which prompted the Lancers to call timeout and stop their opponent’s momentum.

Once play resumed, Worcester State (4-1) trimmed the deficit with two free possession goals, which came off the sticks of Connors and Lawlor, but Duncan responded with her team’s seventh tally at 5:01.

Lawlor answered with her second goal of the afternoon roughly four minutes later before the Lancers marched into the break trailing the Bulldogs, 7-4.

Once the second half commenced, Adrian pushed ahead for good by netting eight strikes in a span of 20 minutes, which provided the visitor’s with their eighth non-conference victory.

Worcester State’s Chase and O’Brien each located the back of the net in the second, but neither goal halted Adrian’s offensive onslaught.

“It’s good to play somebody you have no clue of what’s coming (because) you’re getting different styles and all that and when you get into the big tournament, (it) could actually develop more poise (for your squad),” explained Draper.

“Anything that can be thrown at you can be thrown at you, and you can adapt and adjust for it, so being able to (play these) teams makes a big difference for you. It’s not the same old, same old.”

With the loss, Worcester State’s four-game winning streak concludes, but the Lancers will have a chance to return to the win column on Tuesday when they host Becker College at 7 p.m. After their contest against the Hawks, the Lancers will host Colby-Sawyer on Thursday before they travel to Bridgewater on Saturday for their first MASCAC (Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference) duel.

“It’s going to be an interesting week,” said Draper. “We have to prepare and right now I’m not even thinking about Colby-Sawyer or Bridgewater State (because) we need to be focused on getting our legs back under us and getting ourselves ready for Becker.”

Mass. College Lax: Wheaton’s Second Half Surge Lifts Lyons Past Springfield


Courtesy of the Wheaton College sports information department, here’s this afternoon’s release from the women’s lacrosse game. The Lyons used a second half surge to defeat Springfield College for the first time since March 2007:

NORTON, Mass. – The Wheaton College women’s lacrosse team erased a 7-3 deficit in the second half with eight unanswered goals to rally past Springfield College, 11-7, on Saturday afternoon at Keefe Field in New England Women’s and Men’s Lacrosse (NEWMAC) action. The Lyons earned their first win over the Pride since a 10-9 overtime triumph on March 31, 2007 at home.

Sophomore Melanie Sharick (Amherst, Mass./Amherst) and junior Charlotte De Santis (Darien, Conn./Cushing Academy) tied for the game-high in goals with three apiece. Senior Amy Moreira (Bristol, R.I./Mount Hope) added two markers and three draw controls. Moreira now ranks third all-time in program history with 128 draw controls surpassing Alexa Jurczak ’08 who compiled 126 during her career at Wheaton.

Junior Leila Mills (Brunswick, Maine/Brunswick) added two tallies while freshman Mia Cambi (Longmeadow, Mass./Longmeadow) registered one goal and two assists.

Springfield freshman Connie Nielsen (Sayville, N.Y./Sayville) and sophomore Michelle Dorsey (Wilbraham, Mass./Minnechaug) potted markers apiece. Juniors Kerstin Lindrooth (Bryn Athyn, Pa./Academy of the New Church), Emily Fowler (Branford, Conn./Branford) and Kelly Gallo (Westfield, Mass./Westfield) all chipped in with one goal.

Down 7-3 with 16:20 remaining in the second half, Cambi sparked the offense as the freshman defender factored into three of the Lyons next four goals. Cambi ripped a feed from De Santis into the back of the net at 14:42 to cut into the deficit at 7-4 and Mills followed with an unassisted tally moments later at 14:09.

Cambi then orchestrated back-to-back markers to even the score at 7-7. Cambi, positioned behind the cage on both goals, led Sharick into a wide open scoring area on both occasions with two passes away from the defense for easy scores. Moreira gave Wheaton the lead for good at the 11:16 mark with her tenth goal of the season on a nice set up from freshman Brooke Sabol (Landgrove, Vt./Burr & Burton Academy). Sharick pushed the advantage to 9-7 at 6:08, De Santis added an insurance goal at 3:23 and Moreira sealed the victory with the final tally of the game at 1:03.

Lyons’ sophomore goalkeeper Katy Ananian (Belmont, Mass./Belmont) turned aside a game-high 11 shots to push her record to 4-2 on the season. Junior Anne Versprille (Franklin, Mass./Franklin) made ten saves for the Pride.

Wheaton won the draw controls matchup, 14-6, and outworked Springfield defensively in ground balls (23-22) and clear attempts (15-for-18/13-for-17).

The Lyons (4-3, 2-0 NEWMAC) hosts Gordon College on Thursday, April 4 for a non-conference matchup at 4 p.m. The Pride (5-5, 0-2 NEWMAC) welcome Babson College to Stagg Field for a NEWMAC tilt on Saturday, April 6 at noon.