Mass. College Lax: Assumption Pulls Away In Second Half In 14-7 Win Over Franklin Pierce

By NoontimeSports.com 

Courtesy of the Assumption College sports information department, here’s this evening’s release from the women’s lacrosse game, which saw the Hounds pull away from Franklin Pierce for a Northeast-10 Conference win:

Worcester, Mass. (April 5) — Led by a four-goal effort by freshman midfielder Tori Russo (South Windsor, Conn./South Windsor), the Assumption College women’s lacrosse pulled away in the second half for a 14-7 home win over visiting Franklin Pierce University on Saturday afternoon at the Multi-Sport Stadium.

After a slow start to the opening half, the Hounds got on the board just 8:49 into the first as junior Camille Auger (Kennebunk, Maine/Kennebunk) scored a man-up goal on a free position shot. Junior Amy McNeil (Orange, Conn./Amity) converted a free position shot of her own just 3:09 later, marking her team-leading 28th goal of the season and the 150th of her career. Franklin Pierce answered right back though with unassisted scores by Madeline Shopshire and Lauren Beville to tie the game with 9:48 left in the opening half. Sophomore Julianna Molloy (Guilford, Conn./Guilford) put Assumption up 3-2 just 25 seconds later off an assist from McNeil as the Hounds eventually took a 6-3 lead into the halftime break as five different Hounds scored in the period. Capping the first-half scoring was sophomore Tess Anketell (Southborough, Mass./Marian), notching her fifth goal of the season off an assist from freshman Quincy Wilkins (Wilbraham, Mass./Minnechaug).

The Ravens scored first just1:23 into the second half as sophomore Nicole Beliveau scored her first goal of the game and third of the season to cut the edge down to just 6-4. Russo extended the lead back to four at 8-4 with a pair of scores to complete the hat trick, while senior Kathryn Beall (Shrewsbury, Mass./Shrewsbury) also added two goals in a 5-1 overall run for an 11-5 lead with under 20 minutes left.

After a Beliveau goal ended the Hounds run, senior Lindsay Hagerman (Scarborough, Maine/Scarborough) tallied her 22nd goal of the season off an assist from Russo, followed by free position goals from Russo and Beall to cap the Assumption scoring. FPU junior Megan Raposa accounted for the final goal of the contest with just 12 seconds left as the Hounds improved to 5-1 at home in 2014.

Freshman goalie Jaclyn Chirco (Hopkinton, Mass./Hopkinton) made 13 saves for her eighth win of the season, while junior Julia Coakley had eight stops in just under 49 minutes as she fell to 3-6.

Russo led the Hounds with four goals and one assist, along with three goals by Beall, two goals and an assist by McNeil and one goal and a game-high three assists by Hagerman. Raposa and Beliveau each scored a pair of goals for the Ravens.

For the game, the Ravens held a slight 30-27 edge in shots and forced 14 Assumption turnovers in the contest. Ground balls were even at 12-12, while Assumption held a 14-9 advantage in draw controls as senior Mary Guinee (Topsfield, Mass./Masconomet) led the team with six draws. The duo of juniors Rebecca Cann (Danvers, Mass./Danvers) and Allison Tivnan (Danvers, Mass./Danvers) each play well defensively for the Hounds, including a team-high three caused turnovers from Cann.

With the win, Assumption improves to 8-3 overall, 6-2 in the Northeast-10 and has now won three straight for the second time this season. The Ravens drop to 3-6 overall, 2-5 in league play and 1-5 on the road with the loss.

Assumption is back in action on Tuesday, April 8th as the Hounds travel to Le Moyne for a Noon start in Syracuse, N.Y.

Mass. College Lax: Assumption Improves To 3-0, Tops AIC On The Road

By NoontimeSports.com 

Courtesy of the Assumption College sports information department, here’s this afternoon’s release about the women’s lacrosse team, which defeated AIC and improved to 3-0 overall:

North Andover, Mass. (March 12) — Junior attack Amy McNeil (Orange, Conn./Amity) posted three goals and three assists to lead a balanced attack as the Assumption College women’s lacrosse team pulled away for a 10-5 road win at Merrimack College on Wednesday afternoon. The win keeps the Hounds unbeaten at 3-0 overall, the second straight 3-0 start for Assumption.

The teams started off slow as neither found the back of the net over the opening 11 minutes of the game. The Warriors got on the board first at the 11:07 mark as Aubrie Stouffer scored her fourth goal of the season for the 1-0 lead.  McNeil’s fifth goal of the season with 17 minutes left in the first sparked a 5-0 Assumption run that was capped by a goal from junior Camille Auger (Kennebunk, Maine/Kennebunk) for the 5-1 advantage with 6:10 remaining in the opening half. McNeil converted a free-position shot during the five-goal run, along with two goals from senior Lindsay Hagerman (Scarborough, Maine/Scarborough). Merrimack cut the lead down to 5-3 in the final minutes of the half as Megan Fero scored twice in a span of 23 seconds, but the Assumption defense hung tough as the Hounds took the 5-3 lead into the halftime break.

Auger struck for her sixth goal of the season just 3:07 into the second half off a pass from McNeil, the second time they connected on the afternoon. The Warriors cut the lead back down to two at 6-4 following the fifth goal of the season from Danielle Riley with 23:48 left in the game. McNeil completed the hat trick off an assist from Hagerman, followed by an unassisted score from senior Kathryn Beall (Shrewsbury, Mass./Shrewsbury) to stretch things out to 8-4 midway thru the half.

Merrimack’s Christine Keenan scored her third goal of the season to cut the lead to 8-5 before the Hounds held the Warriors scoreless over the final 13 minutes to come away with the five-goal win. Freshman Tori Russo (South Windsor, Conn./South Windsor) notched her second career goal off an assist from McNeil, followed by the fourth goal of the season from sophomore Tess Anketell (Southborough, Mass./Marian) to close out the scoring.

In addition to McNeil’s six-point day, Auger and Hagerman each posted two goals and one assist to go along with a goal and an assist from Anketell. Defensively, the Hounds had nine different players with caused turnovers as senior Mary Guinee (Topsfield, Mass./Masconomet) led the team with two. Guinee and Beall also led the team with three draw controls each.

Fero led the Warriors with two goals as four different Merrimack players scored.

In goal, freshman Jaclyn Chirco (Hopkinton, Mass./Hopkinton) made three saves to pick up her third win of the season, while Inna Hedden had 10 stops to drop to 1-3 overall.

Assumption held a 23-13 edge in shots and converted 1-of-5 free-position opportunities in the win. The Hounds held a 16-8 edge in ground balls, forced 13 Merrimack turnovers and converted 7-of-9 clear attempts compared to 9-of-11 for the Warriors. The Hounds also held a 10-7 edge in draw controls, including 5-3 in the second half.

Assumption is now 3-0 overall and 1-0 in Northeast-10 play, while Merrimack drops to 1-3 overall and 0-1 in the league.

Assumption is back in action on Saturday, March 15th as the Hounds host American International for a Noon start at the Multi-Sport Stadium.

Mass. College Lax: Friday Roundup

By Matt Noonan 

Three games occurred this afternoon and evening, and below are their outcomes and summaries.

Men’s Lacrosse

Regis 9, Bryn Athyn 8: Matt Vogan registered four points (three goals, one assist), while Breandan Crane turned away 12 shots as the Pride earned their first win of the season.

Women’s Lacrosse

Elms 18, Bay Path 1: Lauren Mazza and Kayla Narey each recorded hat tricks as the Blazers defeated the Wildcats and claimed its first win of the season.

Assumption 11, Molloy 6: Lindsay Hagerman recorded three goals and two helpers, while Amy McNeil netted two goals as the Greyhounds picked up their second consecutive win of the season.

Mass. College Lax: Wednesday Afternoon/Evening Roundup

Katie Ferris eclipsed the 200-point barrier with three goals and an assist on Wednesday against Vermont! (Photo Credit: Lacrosse Magazine)
Katie Ferris eclipsed the 200-point barrier with three goals and an assist on Wednesday against Vermont! (Photo Credit: Lacrosse Magazine)

By Matt Noonan 

Another day of college lacrosse is in the books and below are the game summaries.

Men’s Lacrosse

Amherst College 13, Eastern Conn. 9 – Devon Acton netted two of his four goals during the final frame, which helped the Lord Jeffs earn their first victory of the season. Danny Gold recorded a hat trick in the win, while Rob Dickinson recorded six saves.

Colorado College 9, Wheaton College 4 – Colorado College tallied five second quarter goals that helped them cruise past Wheaton at Washburn Field. Alex Keiver paced the Lyons with two goals, while Billy McNamara and Matthew Hillman each finished with one strike.

Curry College 8, Manhattanville 5 – Joseph Natale and Ronald Jensen each recorded four points (three goals, one assist) as the Colonels improved to 4-0 overall.

Women’s Lacrosse

UMass 16, Vermont 5 – Behind a second half surge of seven goals the Minutewoman defeated the Catamounts in Amherst. Sam Rush led all players with four goals and an assit, while teammate Katie Ferris eclipsed the 200-point barrier with three strikes and an assist. She now has 203 career points.  UMass will look to extend its current winning streak to four on Saturday when they travel to Connecticut to face-off against Sacred Heart.

St. A’s 17, Merrimack College 16 (OT) – Three second half goals with less than seven minutes remaining helped the Hawks force overtime and setup the game-winning strike by Marissa Daly at 4:00 to seal the victory. Olivia Hule paced Merrimack with six points (five goals, one assist), while Aubrie Stouffer added four tallies.

Assumption College 15, Queens (N.Y.) 14 (2OT) – Amy McNeil‘s fourth goal of the game at 1:53 in the second overtime lifted the Hounds to their fourth consecutive victory of the season. Lindsay Hagerman matched her teammate’s effort with four goals, too.

AIC 15, Post 4 – The Yellow Jackets earned their first win of the season by tallying nine second half goals en route to a 11 point victory. American International’s Cheyenne Carden led all scorers with six goals, while Whitney McKay registered four goals and three helpers.

Bates College 12, Endicott College 7 – The Bobcats secured an 8-5 advantage at the break and never looked back as they snapped their three-game winning streak and handed the Gulls their first setback of the season. Holly Davis and Kelly Tierney each recorded two goals for Endicott.

Emmanuel College 15, Regis College 12 (OT) – The Saints tallied three goals during the extra frame that helped them defeat the Pride and claim their first win of the season. Madeline Leahy led the Saints with eight points (five goals, three assists), while Samantha Salamone led the Pride with seven points (four goals, three assists).

Bridgewater State 18, Wentworth 3 – Riley Cachelin recorded seven points (six goals, one assist), while Shelby Farland and Lauren Geary each recorded hat tricks as the Bears defeated the Leopards in their season opener.