SPRINGFIELD, Mass. – Endicott and Roger Williams will meet in the Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC) Women's Lacrosse Tournament Championship for the fourth consecutive year after both teams picked up CCC Semifinal wins on Tuesday (April 30) night. The Gulls will host the title game on Friday, May 3 at 6 p.m.
The top-seeded Gulls led wire-to-wire as they defeated No. 5 seed Western New England in their semifinal matchup. The second-seeded Hawks used a strong second half to overcome a 9-7 halftime deficit against No. 3 seed University of New England to earn their championship berth.
The Gulls come into Friday's title game as the two-time reigning CCC Tournament Champions after besting the Hawks in each of the past two seasons. RWU will be looking to return to championship form having won its last conference crown in 2016 against Endicott.
Endicott had the edge in the lone regular-season meeting between the two teams, earning a 15-4 victory.
The winner of Friday's championship will be named the CCC Tournament Champion will receive the conference's automatic qualifier into the 2019 NCAA Division III Women's Lacrosse Championship.
#1 Endicott 19, #5 Western New England 3
BEVERLY, Mass. – The first-seeded Endicott women's lacrosse team defeated fifth-seeded Western New England, 19-3, in the Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC) Tournament semifinals on Tuesday night at Hempstead Stadium.
Ali Campbell (Lakeville, Mass.) paced the Gulls with four goals and one assist, while Morgan Pike (Shapleigh, Maine) and Aleah MacKay (Bedford, N.H.) contributed hat-tricks in the win.
Endicott's offense also featured two-goal games from Jennifer Lacroix (Wrentham, Mass.), Meghan Dutchyshyn (Cheshire, Conn.) and Maya Feigenbaum (West Hartford, Conn.) and solo tallies via Julia Lantieri (Glastonbury, Conn.), Nicole Anselmo (Natick, Mass.), and Molly McMahon (Hanover, Mass.).
The Gulls raced out to a 9-0 lead in the opening 23:45 of action and were never threatened the rest of the way.
Goalie Bella Rino (Northborough, Mass.) also made it difficult on the Golden Bears' attack as the senior came away with ten saves, including six in the first half alone.
BEYOND THE BOX SCORE
- Endicott improved to 19-6 all-time against Western New England.
- The Gulls are 11-2 at home in the all-time series versus the Golden Bears (based upon available data).
- Gabriella Prisco (West Haven, Conn.) led the way for the Gulls in both ground balls (5) and caused turnovers (4).
- Endicott held a 19-4 draw control advantage and Feigenbaum picked up a team-high seven.
- Kaitlyn Marchant (Londonderry, N.H.) recorded 15 saves for the Golden Bears.
Game recap courtesy of the Endicott Sports Information Department.
#2 Roger Williams 16, #3 University of New England 14
BRISTOL, R.I. — The second-seeded Roger Williams women's lacrosse team pulled away late against the third-seeded University of New England with a 16-14 win over the Nor'easters Tuesday evening in the Commonwealth Coast Conference Semifinals.
Molly Camelo (Melrose, Mass.) scored twice in the first four minutes for a quick 2-0 Nor'Easter lead, causing RWU to call a timeout. After the break, RWU went on a 5-0 run over the next nine minutes with goals from Devon Sarazin (Falmouth, Maine), Ashley Warren (Wilmington, Mass.), Emily Stoeppel (Brookfield, Conn.), and Shayne Rivard (Easton, Conn.).
The Nor'Easters would come right back with five straight goals of the own, two by Julia Benjamin (Tolland, Conn.) and three by Casey Conwell (North Andover, Mass.). The Hawks tied the game at seven with 3:49 left in the half with scores from Stoeppel and Delana Erickson (Concord, N.H.), but the Nor'Easters got the two goals right back in the final two minutes, including a tally from Camelo with two seconds left. UNE would take a 9-7 lead entering halftime.
The Hawks came out the break with three straight scores from Madi Drain (Waterboro, Maine), Lauren Flahive (Foxborough, Mass.) and Sarazin to regain the lead in the first three minutes. After both sides traded goals, the Nor'Easters used a 3-0 run to go up 13-11 with 16:55 to play. RWU came back with three goals in a row to take a 14-13 lead with 8:51 remaining.
The Nor'Easters would not give up, as Nichole Carvalho (South Kingstown, R.I.) knotted the game up at 14 with just under five minutes left. Then with 3:09 left, a yellow card by UNE led to a free-position attempt by Warren. Off the whistle, she tossed a quick pass to Rivard who converted the go-ahead player-up goal. Isabella Blessington (Harpswell, Maine) would add an insurance free-position goal with 1:33 left to put RWU up by two.
UNE won the ensuing draw but would turn the ball over with 1:23 left and not regain possession, allowing RWU to hold on for the win.
Sarazin (4 G, 1 A) and Warren (1 G, 4 A) both finished with five points while Rivard (3 G, 1 A) and Stoeppel (4 G) both added four points. Drain finished with four draw controls, four ground balls, and a career-high five caused turnovers. Lydia Nelson (Center Moriches, N.Y.) made three saves in the win.
Camelo (5 G, 1 A) and Carvalho (2 G, 4 A) had six points apiece, with Conwell going for five points (3 G, 2 A). Olivia Carpenter (Middlebury, Vt.) finished with seven draw controls and three caused turnovers. Maritza Nary (Dover, N.H.) had seven saves in the loss.
Roger Williams (13-5) will make its sixth straight appearance in the CCC Championship Game on Friday. UNE ends the season at 10-8.
Game recap courtesy of the Roger Williams Sports Information Department.
(Games hosted by the higher seed)
Quarterfinals – Saturday, April 27
Semifinals – Tuesday, April 30
Finals – Friday, May 3
#2 Roger Williams at #1 Endicott, 6 p.m.
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.