MANSFIELD, Conn. – The Wellesley College women's lacrosse team held Eastern Connecticut State University without a goal for 26 minutes – outscoring the Warriors 11-1 in one stretch -- and eased to a 12-5 non-conference victory Wednesday afternoon at the Mansfield Outdoor Complex.
At right: Senior Ashley Wolk closes in on a ground ball in the second half of Wednesday's 12-5 home loss to Wellesley College. Wolk had two goals, three ground balls and three draw controls. (Photo by Liam Murphy)
Wellesley (4-6) ended a three-game losing streak and handed Eastern (2-7) its third home loss in four contests. Eastern's goal total was the lowest by either team in this eight-game series.
Playing a deliberate style, the Blue kept Eastern from scoring over the final 16 minutes of the first half – getting goals from three different players – and moved out to a 4-2 halftime lead. Junior Meghan Peterson and junior team scoring leader Claire Canty scored six minutes apart in the opening minutes of the second half to push Wellesley's led to 6-2 before the Warriors capitalized in a man-down situation ten minutes into the second half to end a 26-minute drought.
After allowing senior Erin Conn's (Moriches, NY) man-down goal, Wellesley responded with six straight goals over 15 minutes – two by Peterson and two by senior Brit Mscisz – to pull away.
Wellesley outshot Eastern 28-17 and got hat tricks from four different players which accounted for all of its goals. Mscisz, Meghan Peterson, freshman Nikki Sharkin and Canty all had three, with Canty also assisting on two and winning six draws and Meghan Peterson picking up four ground balls. Ten different Wellesley players contributed a ground ball.
Eastern freshman goalie Taylor Emmerson (Colchester) made 12 saves. The Warriors were able to put only 11 of their shots on net, forcing freshman Wendy Nettleton into making just six saves for her third win of the year. Eastern played without third-leading scorer, freshman Paige Schneider (East Lyme), who sustained a concussion in Saturday's Little East Conference win over Rhode Island College.
Entering the match with only two position player substitutes, Wellesley lost freshman Courtney Peterson less than two minutes into the second half with a left ankle injury.
Conn and senior Ashley Wolk (Barrington, RI) each had two goals and three draws, with Wolk picking up three ground balls (the Warriors managed only ten ground balls in the entire game). Junior Meg Eremita (South Windsor) had two assists.
Eastern visits Keene State College in a Little East Conference match Saturday at 1 p.m.