BOSTON, Mass. - The fourth-seeded Wheelock College women's lacrosse team pulled away from visiting fifth-seed Becker College in the second half of their New England Collegiate Conference First Round playoff matchup to win 12-3. The Wildcats improve to 10-6 on the season while the Hawks close their 2017 campaign at 5-11.
Wheelock advances to face top-seed Regis College on Thursday night at 7:00 p.m.
The first half was a low scoring affair but the Wildcats looked like they would be able to run away from the Hawks. Sophomore Colleen Macdonald (Sandwich, Mass.), junior Katie Frade (Dartmouth, Mass.), and sophomore Alexah Mellis (East Longmeadow, Mass.) each scored on free positions to open up a 3-0 lead within the first five minutes of action.
With under 10 minutes to play in the opening period, sophomore Georgia Schindele (Sparkill, N.Y.) tacked on another score off a feed from Macdonald to make it 4-0. Still, Becker responded with two free position goals of their own from the stick of junior Marissa Turner (Coventry, R.I.). Turner struck first with 7:41 remaining and again at the 3:25 mark to send the visitors into the break trailing by only two, 4-2.
In the second half, Wheelock picked up where they started at the beginning of the contest and did not look back. With 27:24 to play, Macdonald opened the scoring for the period before adding another goal from a free position. Less than 30 seconds later Mellis notched another score to put the home team up 7-2.
Frade would continue the run with a goal of her own from a free position while Schindele tacked on two more to extend the surge to six unanswered scores.
With 10:18 on the clock, a second yellow card for sophomore Rachel Adams (Leominster, Mass.) permenantly had Becker playing down a woman. Still, Turner secured a hat trick and made it 10-3 at the 8:38 mark.
Mellis and Macdonald would add two final goals just 37 seconds apart to cap the 12-3 victory for Wheelock.
The Wildcats were led by Macdonald who recorded a game-high five points on four goals and an assist. Mellis added four points on a hat trick and a helper while Schindele and Frade each contributed three points. Macdonald and junior Alexandra Clark (Oak Bluffs, Mass.) shared game-high honors with nine ground balls apiece. Senior goalie Meghan Lewis (South Berwick, Maine) earned the win while making five saves.
Turner led the Hawks with her hat trick while sophomore netminder Nikolle Storey (Cumberland, Maine) had team-best seven ground balls. Adams led the squad with five caused turnovers and scooped up six ground balls. Storey took the loss in net destpite making 12 stops.