April 12, 2014

Emmanuel Survives Lasell Comeback, 13-12 in Women's Lacrosse

PAXTON, Mass. (4/12/14) – The Lasell College women's lacrosse team saw a second half comeback fall short as they dropped a 13-12 result to GNAC-leading Emmanuel College in overtime on Saturday afternoon at Emmanuel's Roberto Clemente Field. The loss drops Lasell to 7-6 on the year and 5-3 in Great Northeast Athletic Conference games while Emmanuel remained undefeated, improving to 9-0 in the league and 10-2 overall.

Bridget Doherty (Franklin, Mass.) tied a season-high with four goals and one assist for Lasell, Britney Wuorio (Bolton, Mass.) added two goals and three assists and Caitlyn Brecher (Cheshire, Conn.) added two goals and one helper. Bridget Munnelly (Bellingham, Mass.) finished with a game-high eight draw controls and three groundballs for the Lasers, and Alexa Katsigianis (Amherst, N.H.) made 11 saves in a losing effort.

Sarah Higgins posted a game-high five goals for Emmanuel, Sarah Wooten added six points on two goals and four assists and Kristen Tuleja netted three goals for the Saints. Lauren White made six saves in the cage for EC, securing her 10th win of the season.

Wuorio found Doherty with 16:20 to play in the first half for Doherty's first goal of the contest, putting Lasell on top 4-1 and capping an unanswered four-goal run for the Lasers. Emmanuel answered with three straight goals of their own, tying the score at 4-4 with 6:24 left in the opening half. Wuorio briefly put Lasell back in front, 5-4 when she scored on a feed from Doherty, but Emmanuel closed the half with three consecutive goals to take a 7-5 lead at the intermission.

The Saints pushed their lead to three goals on three separate occasions in the second half, the last one coming at the 13:56 mark that saw them claim an 11-8 lead. Goals by Taylor Dooley (Barnstable, Mass.) and Toni Minelli (Newington, Conn.) helped Lasell get back in the game, cutting their deficit to 11-10 with 10:50 remaining in the game. A free position goal by Emmanuel's Wooten restored the hosts lead to two goals, but Lasell wasn't quite done. Doherty came right back and pulled Lasell within a goal at 12-11 on a pass from Wuorio with 7:15 to play in the game, then the sophomore attacker tied the game with an unassisted goal in the final minute of the second half to send the game to overtime.

Sarah Higgins converted a free position attempt with 3:31 left in the extra time to help the hosts to a 13-12 lead, and Lauren White made one save down the stretch to preserve the victory.

Lasell will visit Mount Ida College on Tuesday April 15th before visiting Western New England on Thursday April 17th and then returning home to cap off their regular season with a 2:30 p.m. start against Albertus Magnus on Saturday April 19th.

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