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.”