April 8, 2014

Women's Lacrosse Drops Non-Conference Tilt to RIC

PROVIDENCE, R.I.-Junior attackers Jessica Ricci and Danielle Landon each finished with five goals to lead the Rhode Island College women's lacrosse team to a 17-10 victory over Becker College at the RIC Lacrosse Field in non-conference action on Tuesday evening.

Rhode Island College improves to 4-3 on the year with the win in its 2014 home opener. Becker sees its five-game winning streak come to a close and falls to 6-4 on the season.

The Anchorwomen jumped out to a fast start with two goals in the first two minutes, including Ricci's tally just 10 seconds in the action, before the Hawks rattled off four straight scores to take a 4-2 lead with 22:41 on the clock. After seven minutes of scoreless action, freshman attacker Betsy Heidel ended the silence with a goal at the 15:35 mark to pull the hosts within one. However, sophomore attacker Kailee Ruyack (Beacon, N.Y.) responded with a goal just a minute to push Becker's lead back up to two.
Landon cut the deficit to one with 10:10 on the clock, but the Hawks again bounced back with a score, this time from senior midfielder Ashley Mossey (Ballston Lake, N.Y.), to make it, 6-4, with 9:56 remaining in the frame. Trailing by a pair of goals, the Anchorwomen rallied for the final three scores of the half to take a 7-6 lead, capped off by senior attacker Ashley Appel's (Foxboro, MA) goal with just 1:13 left in the half.
Rhode Island College carried the momentum into the second half, as the hosts stormed ahead of the Hawks behind eight straight goals to open the stanza. Ricci's tally at the 19:25 mark made it 11 unanswered scores for the Anchorwomen and gave the hosts a commanding, 15-6, lead. Trailing by nine, Becker went on to score four of the final six goals of the game to account for the seven-goal margin.
Landon added a game-high 12 draw controls to go along with her five goals and two assists. Senior midfielder Jessalyn O'Neill chipped in with three goals, two assists and four ground balls.
Junior midfielder Lauren Maisano dished out a game-high four assists to go along with a game-high nine ground balls and a game-high seven caused turnovers. Junior midfielder Harmony Tillison was active as well contributing a goal, an assist, five ground balls and three caused turnovers.
Ruyack and senior attacker Christina Boucher (Pawcatuck, Conn.) each tallied three goals to lead the Hawks, while Mossey chipped in with two goals, five ground balls, a team-high six draw controls and two caused turnovers. Junior midfielder Tatum Fahs (Foster, R.I.) also added a pair of goals for the visitors, while junior defender Karena Prescott (New Bedford, Mass.) contributed a team-high six ground balls and two caused turnovers.
Senior goalkeeper Taryn Carbone made one save in 14:25 before being relieved by sophomore Ashley Alardi, who finished the final 45:35 with nine saves and earned her first career win (1-0) along the way.
 
Sophomore goalkeeper Shelby Wicks (Shaftsbury, Vt.) was tagged with the loss (5-4) for Becker in net despite making 13 saves.
RIC outshot Becker, 41-23, on Tuesday, which included a 20-9 difference in the second half alone. The hosts, however, went just 1-for-8 on free position opportunities, while Becker went 4-for-9.
The Anchorwomen also totaled 19 caused turnovers in the win and gathered 20 of the 29 draw controls.
The Hawks return to action on Thursday, April 10 when they host Albertus Magnus at 4:00 p.m.