SPRINGFIELD, Mass. – No. 4 seed Salve Regina and No. 6 seed University of New England both won their Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC) Women's Lacrosse Quarterfinal matchups in convincing fashion on Saturday afternoon to advance to the CCC Semifinals.
The Seahawks outscored No. 6 seed Gordon 14-6 in the first half of their CCC Quarterfinal to put the game out of reach early. The hosts started hot putting up four goals in the first five minutes of the contest. The Fighting Scots closed the gap with three straight tallies, but it was all Seahawks after that. Salve went into the break on a streak of seven unanswered goals and continued to extend the gap in the second, eventually winning 22-9.
UNE and No. 3 seed Western New England went back and forth for the first 20 minutes of their CCC Quarterfinal before the Nor'easters were able to create some separation late in the opening half to take a 9-6 lead into the intermission. They carried that momentum in to the second act and outscored the Golden Bears 8-2 to close out the 17-8 victory.
The wins put Salve and UNE into the CCC Semifinals on Tuesday, May 1. The Seahawks earned a trip to Beverly, Mass. where they will take on defending CCC Tournament Champion and No. 1 seed Endicott at 7 p.m. The Nor'easters venture down to Bristol, R.I. for a meeting with No. 2 seed Roger Williams at 6 p.m.
The two semifinal winners earn a trip to the CCC Women's Lacrosse Championship which takes place on Friday, May 4. The CCC Tournament Champion will receive the conference's automatic qualifier into the NCAA Division III Women's Lacrosse Championship.
#4 Salve Regina 22, #5 Gordon 9
MIDDLETOWN, R.I. - Four different players tallied four goals or more for the Salve Regina women's lacrosse team, led by senior Katie Kline (Brookefield, Conn.) and her six goals, as it earned a 22-9 victory over visiting Gordon and a trip to the Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC) Semifinals.
Series and Streaks
The Fighting Scots own a 20-4 record all-time.
Three Stars of the Game
- Salve Regina senior Kline (Brookfield, Conn.) scored six times and handed out an assist while nabbing six ground balls and a game-high six draw controls.
- Salve Regina sophomore Maddie Villareal (Portsmouth, R.I.) scored five times, including her 100th career goal.
- Salve Regina freshman Kaity Doherty (Portsmouth, R.I.) scored five times on six shots.
Key Stat of the Game
Salve Regina scored more goals (22) than the Scots had shots on goal (18).
Salve Regina raced out to a 4-0 lead before the Scots battled with a 6-3 run to back to draw within a single score at 7-6. The Scots had a couple of cracks to tie the game, including a free position attempt from Katelyn Dyer (Plainfield, N.J.) that rang off the post. The Seahawks collected the rebound and countered quickly, ending with a score from Kline to push the lead back to two. The goal sparked a 7-0 run to end the first half for the Seahawks to take control of the game. Salve Regina would end up outscoring the Scots 15-3 the remainder of the game after they had a chance to tie.
- Salve Regina returns to the CCC Semifinals for just the third time and program history and the first time since 2003.
- Olivia McCarrick (Glen Burnie, Md.) scored three times to pace the Scots while grabbing four ground balls and five draw controls.
- CCC Rookie of the Year Dyer was held to two goals. She also handed out two assists and won five draws.
- Christina Myers (River Edge, N.J.) evened her season record at 7-7 after making nine saves.
- Rebecca Resnick (Monroe, Conn.) got the starting nod in net for the Scots and allowed 14 goals on 21 shots while making seven saves in 33:23 of action to fall to 0-3 between the pipes.
- Fellow freshman teammate Kaitlyn Ober (Jurupa Valley, Calif.) replaced Resnick in the second half and made one save while allowing eight goals.
- The Seahawks held a 42-27 shot advantage.
- Gabrilee Majensk (Hanson, Mass.) who was named an All-CCC third team defenseman caused a game-high four turnovers for the Seahawks.
Game recap courtesy of the Salve Regina Sports Information Department.
#6 University of New England 17, #3 Western New England 8
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. – The sixth-seeded University of New England women's lacrosse team pulled away in the second half to earn a 17-8 victory over third-seeded Western New England University on Saturday afternoon in the opening round of the Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC) Tournament at Golden Bear Stadium.
With the win, UNE (8-8) advances to next Tuesday's CCC semifinal round to take on No. 2 seed Roger Williams in Bristol, R.I. Western New England's season comes to a close at 7-11.
• Sophomore midfielder Lindsey Phillips (East Longmeadow, Mass.) led the way for the Golden Bears with three goals, five draw controls and two ground balls.
• Junior Kristen Breen (Ellington, Conn.) also registered a hat trick, while sophomore Eileen Ruby (New Fairfield, Conn.) secured a team-high seven draws to go with three assists and one ground ball.
• UNE junior midfielder Korinne Bohunsky (Eliot, Maine) powered the Nor'easters with five points (three goals, two assists), a game-high nine draws, three ground balls and two caused turnovers.
• Freshman Molly Camelo (Melrose, Mass.) produced a game-high six points (four goals, two assists) and added five ground balls with three caused turnovers.
Trailing 9-6 at the break, the Golden Bears cut their deficit to two (9-7) 45 seconds into the second half, when Phillips scored her third goal of the game on a feed from Ruby.
The Nor'easters responded with a 3-0 run, however, to stretch their lead to five (12-7). Camelo got it started when she buried a free position attempt at the 27:54 mark, and Bohunsky set up senior Jolena Lampron (Lyman, Maine) just over three minutes later to complete UNE's spurt.
Breen tallied Western New England's final goal of the season with the help of an assist from sophomore Kaitlyn Hutter (Stamford, Conn.) with 23:23 on the clock to close the gap to four (12-8), but the Golden Bears were unable to draw closer.
Lampron notched an unassisted goal with 21:56 remaining as the Nor'easters closed out the contest with a 5-0 run to extend the final margin to nine.
Phillips opened the scoring just over two minutes into the game, and the two teams traded goals over the next ten minutes, with Western New England holding a 4-3 edge on a goal by Breen at the 17:22 mark.
The Nor'easters answered with a 3-0 run and outscored the Golden Bears 6-2 over the final 16:31 of the half to open up a 9-6 advantage at the break.
• UNE outshot Western New England 50-19 and held a 39-12 ground ball advantage.
• Led by Phillips and Ruby, the Golden Bears won 16-of-27 draws.
• Senior goalie Shannon McFadden (West Islip, N.Y.) finished with 19 saves in her final collegiate contest.
Game recap courtesy of the Western New England Sports Information Department.
2018 CCC Women's Lacrosse Tournament Schedule
(Games hosted by the higher seed)
Quarterfinals – Saturday, April 28
Semifinals – Tuesday, May 1
#4 Salve Regina at #1 Endicott, 7 p.m.
#6 University of New England at #2 Roger Williams, 6 p.m.
Finals – Friday, May 4
Semifinal winners at higher seed, TBD
ABOUT THE COMMONWEALTH COAST CONFERENCE
The Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC), founded in 1984, is an NCAA Division III athletic conference comprised of ten full member and four associate member institutions throughout the New England region. Its membership aims to provide student-athletes with a positive experience in their pursuit of excellence through high academic standards, quality competition, and a meaningful student life. The conference administers championships in 18 intercollegiate sports.