SPRINGFIELD, Mass. – No. 5 seed Western New England picked up the lone road win in Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC) Quarterfinals on Saturday, while No. 2 seed Roger Williams and No. 3 seed University of New England were able to hold serve at home. All three teams advance to CCC Semifinals on Tuesday, April 30.
The Golden Bears took down No. 4 seed Curry, 25-12, to earn the upset win. The Hawks defeated No. 7 seed Wentworth 19-0, while UNE handed No. 6 seed Salve Regina the 24-10 loss. WNE travels to top-seeded Endicott for the semifinal round at 7 p.m., while Roger Williams hosts UNE at 5 p.m.
The two semifinal winners earn a trip to the CCC Women's Lacrosse Championship which takes place on Friday, May 3. The winner will be named the CCC Tournament Champion will receive the conference's automatic qualifier into the 2019 NCAA Division III Women's Lacrosse Championship.
#2 Roger Williams 19, #7 Wentworth 0
BRISTOL, R.I. — The Roger Williams women's lacrosse team began its 2019 Commonwealth Coast Conference Tournament run with a 19-0 shutout over Wentworth Saturday evening.
It marks the first time in program history that the Hawks have shut out opponents in back-to-back games, as RWU is coming off a 24-0 win over Nichols in the team's regular season finale.
Roger Williams jumped out of the gate with five goals in the first ten minutes of play. RWU got two scores from Maeve Gillis (Duxbury, Mass.) and one each from Delana Erickson (Concord, N.H.), Devon Sarazin (Falmouth, Maine), and Lauren Flahive (Foxborough, Mass.).
RWU would tally six more goals over a nine-minute stretch including three from Ashley Warren (Wilmington, Mass.) to put the Hawks up 10-0 with 8:06 remaining in the first half. Erickson and Warren would each put a goal on the board in the final five minutes of the half to give RWU a 12-0 halftime lead.
In the second half, Emily Stoeppel (Brookline, Conn.) put in a free-position goal less than two minutes into the period to begin the half for the Hawks. In all, six different Hawks scored in the second half with the final tally by Abby Wollenburg (Farmington, Conn.) as RWU outscored the Leopards 7-0.
Wentworth managed to put 11 shots on the board including a pair of free-position shots by Brooke Paradis (Pelham, N.H.). Yet timely saves by Lydia Nelson (Center Moriches, N.Y.) kept the Leopards scoreless.
Warren led RWU with seven points (4 G, 3 A) while Gillis, Erickson, and Stoeppel all added three goals each. Madi Drain (Waterboro, Maine) finished with four ground balls and four caused turnovers. Nelson made seven stops in the shutout win.
Paradis finished with four ground balls, four draw controls, and two caused turnovers. Leah Cummins (Plymouth, Mass.) added two caused turnovers and a ground ball. Lily Kuhns (Gloucester, Mass.) finished with seven saves in the loss.
Game recap courtesy of the Roger Williams Sports Information Department.
#3 University of New England 24, #6 Salve Regina 10
BIDDEFORD, Maine - Behind a career-high seven goals from Keara Dwyer (Cazenovia, N.Y.), third-seeded University of New England advanced past sixth-seeded Salve Regina, 24-10, in the first round of the 2019 Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC) Women's Lacrosse Championship at UNE Blue Bolt Field on Saturday afternoon.
The Nor'easters (10-7) travel to No.2 Roger Williams University on Tuesday for the semifinals, after the Hawks shutout seventh seed Wentworth, 19-0. RWU took the regular-season meeting against UNE on April 6 in Biddeford by a 16-6 margin.
The outcome was never in doubt as UNE opened a 6-1 lead at the 21:39 mark of the first half. Salve Regina scored the next three goals to cut the deficit to two and force a UNE timeout. The Seahawks would never get closer as the Nor'easters put in four straight to jump out to their largest lead of the first half at 10-4 with 11:40 to play. UNE held a 13-8 advantage at the break.
UNE outscored Salve Regina by an 11-2 spread in the second half. Molly Camelo (Melrose, Mass.) scored four of her five goals in the period to reach the 100-point milestone for her career. Dwyer, also a sophomore, hit that same mark eight minutes earlier.
Casey Conwell (North Andover, Mass.) recorded seven points for the Nor'easters on four goals and three assists. Julia Benjamin (Tolland, Conn.) added goal and four assists. Olivia Carpenter (Middlebury, Vt.) scored twice to go with six ground balls and five draw controls. Maritza Nary (Dover, N.H.) made her first start between the pipes and stopped nine shots to earn the win.
Kaity Doherty (Portsmouth, R.I.) led the Seahawks (7-7) with four goals. Christina Myers (River Edge, N.J.) had 16 saves in the loss.
Game recap courtesy of the University of New England Sports Information Department.
#5 Western New England 25, #4 Curry 12
MILTON, Mass. - The fifth-seeded Western New England women's lacrosse team used a strong all-around effort to earn a 25-12 victory over fourth-seeded Curry in the quarterfinal round of the Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC) Tournament on Saturday afternoon at Katz Field.
With the win, Western New England (10-8) advances to the CCC Tournament semifinals to take on top-seeded Endicott on Tuesday in Beverly, Mass. Curry's season comes to a close at 10-8.
Western New England's balanced offensive performance was led by senior Kristen Breen (Ellington, Conn.), who produced a game-high ten points with seven goals and three assists. Freshman Liz Mazza (East Longmeadow, Mass.) scored five goals, while sophomore Reilly Miller (Goshen, N.Y.) also turned in a five-point effort (four goals, one assist) and freshman Hannah Jarvis (Westfield, Mass.) finished with four goals.
Curry sophomore Katie Parker (Branford, Conn.) paced the Colonels with five goals, while junior Abby Dubel (Wolfeboro, N.H.) tallied four goals.
Curry grabbed an early lead as freshman Andria Torres (Milford, Conn.) opened the scoring just under two minutes into the contest, but Western New England took control from there with a 5-0 run that began with a free position goal by Mazza at the 27:00 mark and culminated in Miller setting up Jarvis with 22:32 on the clock.
The two teams went back and forth for the next ten minutes, with Curry closing the gap to three (8-5) on Parker's second goal of the game with 11:37 left in the half.
Western New England utilized a 3-0 spurt with goals from Miller (10:14), Breen (9:36) and junior Kaitlyn Hutter (Stamford, Conn.) (8:09) to push the lead back to six (11-5), and the Golden Bears went on to hold a 13-8 advantage at the break.
The Golden Bears, who pulled away in the second half, set the tone early in the frame with a 3-0 run that included two goals from Miller.
Curry made one final push with a 3-0 run of its own to cut the deficit to five (16-11) with 18:09 to play, but Western New England dominated the rest of the way, outscoring the Colonels 9-1 over the final 16:32 to extend the final margin to 13.
• Western New England held advantages over Curry in shots (49-28), draw controls (21-17) and ground balls (21-19).
• Junior Madison Lemire (Ellington, Conn.), an All-CCC first team selection, led the Golden Bears with seven draw controls and four ground balls.
Game recap courtesy of the Western New England Sports Information Department.
(Games hosted by the higher seed)
Quarterfinals – Saturday, April 27
Semifinals – Tuesday, April 30
#5 Western New England at #1 Endicott, 7 p.m.
#3 University of New England at #2 Roger Williams, 5 p.m.
Finals – Friday, May 3
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 nine full member and one 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.