Lacrosse - women (2015)

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Postby Tom Nolette » Tue Apr 28, 2015 1:05 pm

Jackson and Allen Earn All-Conference Honors

WHITINGHAM, Vt. – The North Atlantic Conference (NAC) announced University of Maine at Farmington women’s lacrosse players Rhi Jackson (Saco, Maine) and Ayla Allen (Rumford, Maine) as All-Conference selections on Tuesday morning.

NAC All-Conference selections are determined by a vote of the conference coaches.

Jackson, a defender for the Beavers, earned a First Team All-Conference selection and led the league in ground balls with 75. After finishing fifth in the nation in ground balls, Jackson led the nation for four straight weeks from late March into early April. She broke her own UMF single-season record for most ground balls this year after picking up 61 last year. The sophomore caused 25 turnovers to lead the Beavers and sixth best in the NAC. Jackson won 46 draw controls, second only to Allen on the UMF squad, and tallied 15 goals in her second season.

Midfielder Allen picks up a Second Team All-Conference selection after leading the team in goals (41), points (45), draw controls (46), and free-position goals (8). Allen’s 41 goals tied her own school record from two years ago for the most goals scored in one season. Allen finished third in free-position goals, sixth in the conference in ground balls (49), sixth in draw controls, seventh in goals, and thirteenth in caused turnovers (17). Allen also became the first player in program history to score at least 100 goals in a career.

UMaine Farmington wrapped up the season with a 5-8 overall record and 4-4 in conference play, but came up short in the NAC quarterfinal round with a loss to Husson for the second straight season. 2015 marked the fourth straight season for head coach, Molly Wilkie, with at least five wins in UMF’s pristine lacrosse history.
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Re: Lacrosse - women (2015)

Postby Tom Nolette » Wed Apr 29, 2015 5:55 am

Thomas, Premo ready for a lacrosse playoff run
Senior has 28 goals, 6 assists for season

WATERVILLE — Sarah Merrill, the first-year women’s lacrosse coach at Thomas College, is talking after practice about senior midfielder Brittany Premo.

“She’s the girl to go for the draws, and in the midfield,” Merrill said. “She’s a powerhouse when it comes to that.”

About 10 seconds later, Merrill realizes that doesn’t really do justice to all of Premo’s contributions. So she lists some more.

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Postby Tom Nolette » Wed Apr 29, 2015 8:15 am

Little East Conference Tournament - First Round Game

Southern Maine Defeats Eastern Connecticut in Sudden Death OT, 19-18

GORHAM, Maine -- Senior Julia Pearl (Essex Jct., Vt.) scored on a free-position attempt 1:33 into sudden death overtime to give the fourth-seeded University of Southern Maine Huskies a thrilling 19-18 victory over the fifth-seeded Eastern Connecticut State University Warriors in a first round game of the 2015 Little East Conference Tournament on Tuesday at Hannaford Field.

The victory moves the Huskies into a semifinal match Thursday evening (6:30 p.m.) at top seeded Plymouth State University. The game will be played at the New Hampton School. The Huskies are now 7-11 overall. The Warriors’ season comes to a close at 4-12 overall.

Pearl was awarded a free-position attempt, and made no mistake as she stepped in a few steps and fires a shot into the top right corner for the game-winning goal.

The game appeared to be over with 12.8 seconds remaining in regulation time when the Huskies scored an apparent go-ahead goal. In the ensuing celebration, the officials were unable to discern which crosse had scored the goal for a possible stick challenge, and the goal was taken down leaving the game tied 17-17. Eastern Connecticut was given the ball at midfield, but was unable to get a shot off before the horn sounded sending the game into overtime.

In the first overtime period (six minutes played to conclusion), Eastern Connecticut got the jump as sophomore Paige Schneider (East Lyme, Conn.) scored her 40th goal of the season 30 seconds into the period.

After the teams swapped ends midway through the overtime, the Huskies got an equalizing goal on a free-position attempt by junior Shauna Robert (Lyman, Maine/Massabesic) with 1:14 to play. USM had another free-position opportunity 25 seconds later, but junior Sarah Pelligrinelli’s (Southington, Conn.) shot was wide and time would run out before either side could generate a shot, setting up sudden death overtime.

The first half was a wide-open affair that ended in an 11-11 tie. Southern Maine’s biggest edge came at 10-7 on a goal by senior Nicole LaPlante (South Portland, Maine) with 6:42 to go.

Eastern Connecticut came right back scoring three times in a span of 1:44 to tie the game. Freshman Katie Burke (South Windsor, Conn/East Catholic) had the first and third goals while sophomore Caroline Regan (Niantic, Conn./East Lyme) tallied the middle marker.

LaPlante and sophomore Devyne Doran (South Kingstown, R.I./Prout School) scored in the final three minutes to leave the game deadlocked at 11-11.

Southern Maine appeared to have the upper hand midway through the second half building a four-goal cushion on a goal from sophomore Lauren Lessard (Lewiston, Maine/Kents Hill) that made it 17-13 with 15:35 to play.

The Warriors would shut down the Huskies’ offense with a swarming defense from that point. Inside 14 minutes to play, freshman Maggie Bodington (Stratford, Conn.) ignited a run of four Eastern Connecticut goals to tie the game. Bodington and Schneider, converting a free-position attempt, scored 43 seconds apart left to pull the Warriors within one with 8:07 remaining, and Bodington tied the game with 3:36 on the clock.

LaPlante, Pelligrinelli and sophomore Sam Campobasso (Buxton, Maine/Bonny Eagle) had four goals apiece for the Huskies. Pearl, Robert and junior Anh Nguyen (South Portland, Maine) each scored twice. Junior goalie Caley Presby (Portland, Maine/Deering) stopped 12 shots.

Bodington and Schneider led the Warriors with five goals apiece. Senior captain Meg Eremita (South Windsor, Conn.) had two goals and four assists for a six-point game. Doran, Burke and Regan all scored twice. Sophomore goalie Taylor Emmerson (Colchester, Conn./Bacon Academy) made 10 saves.



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Re: Lacrosse - women (2015)

Postby Tom Nolette » Wed Apr 29, 2015 8:29 am

Four Terriers Named NAC All-Conference in Women's Lacrosse

WHITINGHAM, VT – The North Atlantic Conference (NAC) has announced the 2015 season awards for women's lacrosse and four Terriers have been recognized.

Seniors Jennifer Day (Attack) and Brittany Premo (Midfield) have both been named to the All-Conference First Team, while senior Jaclyn Hartwell and junior Crystal Leavitt have both been named to the All-Conference Second Team at defense.

Day earns her second consecutive selection on the All-Conference First Team and third straight All-Conference honor overall. The senior attacker currently ranks second in the NAC in goals with 46, third with 61 points and tenth with 15 assists, all of which are team-highs.

Premo earns her third straight All-Conference First Team selection. The senior midfielder currently is second on the team with 28 goals and 34 points. Premo scored her 100th career goal on April 7 against the University of Maine at Farmington.

Hartwell earns her first career appearance on the All-Conference team with her selection. The senior defender leads the team with 30 ground balls, has caused eight turnovers and scored her first career goal on March 31 in a win over Johnson State.

Leavitt also earns her first All-Conference selection. The junior defender enjoyed a solid season on the back end for Thomas, starting all 10 games with 10 ground balls, four caused turnovers, two goals scored and one assist.

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Castleton senior midfielder Kate Auer (So. Glens Falls, N.Y.) has been named as the North Atlantic Conference (NAC) Women's Lacrosse Player of the Year, while Spartan teammate junior goalkeeper Meghan Els (Commack, N.Y.) was tabbed as the Defensive Player of the Year and Husson freshman midfielder Amanda Deshaies (Wells, Maine) earned the Rookie of the Year honor to headline the 2015 All-Conference announcement. Castleton head coach Hannah Corkery was selected as the Coach of the Year and her Spartan squad was voted to receive the Team Sportsmanship Award.

NAC All-Conference selections are determined by a vote of the conference coaches.

Joining Auer and Els on the All-Conference First Team were Castleton senior attacker Maddy DaCosta (New Bedford, Mass.) and junior midfielder Brandi Whittemore (Middlebury, Vt.), Colby-Sawyer senior attacker Alyssia Janak (Bourne, Mass.), freshman midfielder Nicole Lavigne (Berlin, Vt.), and senior defender Michelle Upham (Chelsea, Vt.), UMaine-Farmington sophomore defender Rhi Jackson (Saco, Maine), Husson junior defender Rashell Saucier (Washburn, Maine), senior attacker Abi Staab (Berlin, Vt.), and senior defender Hayley Thibeau (Gardiner, Maine), and Thomas senior attacker Jennifer Day (West Gardiner, Maine) and senior midfielder Brittany Premo (Concord, N.H.).

Second team selections included Castleton juniors goalkeeper Rachel Bombardier (Pittsford, Vt.) and attacker Brianna MacKay (Randolph, Vt.), Colby-Sawyer junior midfielder Sara Berry (Bowdoinham, Maine) and senior defender Megan Raymond (Waterbury, Vt.), UMaine-Farmington junior midfielder Ayla Allen (Rumford, Maine), Husson senior midfielder Michaela Bicknell (West Addison, Vt.) and junior attacker Alissa Fallon (Kennebunk, Maine), New England College junior attacker Gabriella Bigos (Branford, Conn.), sophomore midfielder Allison Granata (Norwalk, Conn.), senior attacker Jacquelyn Lane (Scituate, Mass.), and freshman defender Caitlin Shanahan (Rocky Point, N.Y.), and Thomas defenders senior Jaclyn Hartwell (Pepperell, Mass.) and junior Crystal Leavitt (Phippsburg, Maine).

2015 Women's Lacrosse All-Conference Teams

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First Team
A - Maddy DaCosta, Senior, Castleton
A - Jennifer Day, Senior, Thomas
A - Alyssia Janak, Senior, Colby-Sawyer
A - Abi Staab, Senior, Husson
M - Kate Auer, Senior, Castleton
M - Nicole Lavigne, Freshman, Colby-Sawyer
M - Brittany Premo, Senior, Thomas
M - Brandi Whittemore, Junior, Castleton
D - Rhi Jackson, Sophomore, UMaine-Farmington
D - Rashell Saucier, Junior, Husson
D - Hayley Thibeau, Senior, Husson
D - Michelle Upham, Senior, Colby-Sawyer
G - Meghan Els, Junior, Castleton

Second Team
A - Gabriella Bigos, Junior, New England College
A - Alissa Fallon, Junior, Husson
A - Jacquelyn Lane, Senior, New England College
A - Brianna MacKay, Junior, Castleton
M - Ayla Allen, Junior, UMaine-Farmington
M - Sara Berry, Junior, Colby-Sawyer
M - Michaela Bicknell, Senior, Husson
M - Allison Granata, Sophomore, New England College
D - Jaclyn Hartwell, Senior, Thomas
D - Crystal Leavitt, Junior, Thomas
D - Megan Raymond, Senior, Colby-Sawyer
D - Caitlin Shanahan, Freshman, New England College
G - Rachel Bombardier, Junior, Castleton

Player of the Year - Kate Auer, Castleton
Defensive Player of the Year - Meghan Els, Castleton
Rookie of the Year - Amanda Deshaies, Husson
Coach of the Year - Hannah Corkery, Castleton
Team Sportsmanship Award - Castleton
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Re: Lacrosse - women (2015)

Postby Tom Nolette » Fri May 01, 2015 10:26 am

4/29/15 – Caiazzo & Lewis Headline 2015 All-GNAC Women’s Lacrosse Teams

STANDISH, Maine – The 2015 Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) Women’s Lacrosse postseason awards have been released and Saint Josephs’ College, recently crowned as the GNAC Champion, is well represented with six individuals collecting accolades.

Freshman attack Elyse Caiazzo (Scarborough, Maine/Cheverus) is the 2015 GNAC Rookie of the Year and Head Coach Rupert Lewis is the Conference Coach of the Year while juniors Mary Leasure (South Portland, Maine/McAuley), Kat Gadbois (Scarborough, Maine) and Meghan Williams (Greenland, N.H./St. Thomas Aquinas) have earned First Team All-GNAC honors and senior Lizzie Calnan (Westport, Mass.) and junior Emma Lafrance (Westport, Mass.) have been listed on the Second Team.

Caiazzo collects First Team All-Conference and Rookie of the Year accolades after scoring 67 goals with 19 assists for 86 total points while tallying 63 ground balls, 37 draw controls and 16 caused turnovers during her first collegiate campaign. She broke the Monks’ single-season points record when she netted her second of four goals in the GNAC Championship victory over Lasell College on Sunday and ranks as the conference leader in points and goals and is second in shots (125) and shots on goal (108).

Caiazzo, a six-time GNAC Rookie of the Week honoree and three-time ECAC Rookie of the Week selection, is the first player in the eight-year history of the SJC women’s lacrosse program to claim GNAC Rookie of the Year honors.

Lewis, who served as the program’s inaugural head coach and served in the role for two years (2008-09), returned to the lacrosse sideline this spring, inheriting a team that graduated eight starting seniors and advanced to the GNAC Championship for the first time in team history last season. Lewis, who completed his 10th season at the helm of the SJC Field Hockey program in the fall, brought a fresh outlook to the lacrosse program and his players responded, producing a 17-1 overall record with a perfect 9-0 mark in GNAC play en route to winning the first conference championship in team history.
With Coach Lewis in the fold, the Monks have not lost since falling to University of New England, 15-12, in the season opener on March 1st and carry a team-record 17-game win streak into the NCAA Tournament, which begins on Wednesday, May 6th. Lewis led the SJC field hockey team to a 14-3 overall record and, with a 6-0 mark in GNAC play, succeeded in not losing a single conference contest while managing both programs.
Leasure claims All-Conference honors for the first time after recording 26 goals, 45 assists, 47 ground balls and 15 caused turnovers as a junior attack. The March 16th GNAC Player of the Week honoree shattered the Monks’ single-season assists record and leads the GNAC in assists and ranks fifth in total points.

Gadbois, another first-time All-Conference selection, was an all around contributor for the Monks this spring, with 43 goals, 21 assists 91 ground balls, 41 caused turnovers and 38 draw controls while starting all 18 games as a junior midfielder. She has broken the SJC single-season ground ball and caused turnover records and leads the conference in both statistical categories. The 2015 GNAC Tournament Most Valuable Player also ranks fifth in the GNAC in shots (107), sixth in assists, and seventh in goals and points (64) and has posted career highs across the board this spring.

Williams earns All-GNAC mention for the first time after totaling six goals, two assists, 36 ground balls, 21 draw controls and 18 caused turnovers as one of the Monks’ top defenders this season.

Calnan, yet another first-time All-Conference honoree, earns Second Team acclaim after registering 31 goals, 13 assists, 58 ground balls, 40 caused turnovers and 32 draw controls as a senior midfielder. One of just two seniors on the team – Doe Leckie (Naples, Maine) being the other, Calnan heads into the NCAA tourney having scored 62 goals with 22 assists, 170 ground balls, 108 draw controls and 104 caused turnovers over three collegiate seasons and currently ranks as the Monks’ all-time leader in caused turnovers.
Lafrance earns Second Team All-GNAC accolades for the second-consecutive season after playing a major role for the top defense in the conference. The junior defender tallied 42 ground balls and 17 caused turnovers while starting all 18 contests this spring.
Saint Joseph’s earned the top seed in the 2015 GNAC Tournament and opened postseason play with a 21-5 quarterfinal victory over #8 Rivier University on April 22nd. The Monks defeated #4 Emmanuel College in a rematch of the 2014 conference championship, 15-8, on April 24th and earned the first GNAC title in program history with an impressive 10-3 victory over #2 Lasell College on April 26th.

The Lasers’ scoring tally versus the Monks counts as the fewest goals allowed in a GNAC Championship for women’s lacrosse, a sport the conference began sponsoring in the spring of 2008. The 2015 NCAA DIII Women’s Lacrosse Tournament bracket will be announced on Monday, May 4th.

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Re: Lacrosse - women (2015)

Postby Tom Nolette » Fri May 01, 2015 10:34 am

Southern Maine Falls to Top-Seeded Plymouth State 19-13

NEW HAMPTON, N.H. -- The top-seeded Plymouth State University raced out to a 10-2 lead in the opening 20 minutes, then held off fourth-seeded University of Southern Maine for a 19-13 victory Thursday night in a semifinal game of the 2015 Little East Conference Women’s Lacrosse Tournament.

The win propels the Panthers into the LEC championship game on Saturday against second-seeded Keene State College. The Panthers extended their winning streak to nine games and head into the LEC final at 13-3. The Huskies, who went 7-7 after a 0-5 start, finished the season 7-12.

Rookie Megan Tingley (Natick, Mass.) and sophomore Caroline Vonachen (Framingham, Mass.) combined for 10 goals, including five during the Panthers’ opening blitz. Tingley finished with seven points on five goals and two assists while Vonachen had five goals. Sophomore Kaitlyn Wilder (Framingham, Mass.) had three goals and three assists, and senior Shannon Connerty (Nashua, N.H.) had a goal and five assists. Senior Amy MacDonald (Hull, Mass.) added three goals and two assists. Senior goalie Casey Curran (Framingham, Mass.) played a big part in the win finishing the game with 17 saves.

Sophomore Heather Everett (Waterboro, Maine/Massabesic) led the Huskies scoring a career single-game high six goals and dishing out one assist. Senior Nicole LaPlante (South Portland, Maine) had two goals and one assist while junior Sarah Pelligrinelli (Southington, Conn.) and sophomore Sam Campobasso (Buxton, Maine/Bonny Eagle) scored two goal apiece. Junior goalie Caley Presby (Portland, Maine/Deering) stopped five shots.

The Panthers scored the first five goals to open up a 5-0 lead 10 minutes into the game. Five different players scored goals for the Panthers. Pelligrinelli scored twice 15 seconds apart to get the Huskies on the board before the Panthers went on another five-goal run to take a 10-2 lead.

The Huskies went on a 4-1 run as Campobasso and Everett each scored twice to get back within five (11-6), but Wilder, Tingley and Vonachen scored in the final two minutes to give the home side a 14-6 edge at halftime.

Everett scored twice for the Huskies in the opening minute of the second half, but the Panthers scored the next four goals, including two from Vonachen, to open an 18-8 lead.

The Huskies scored the next four goals to get back within six with 5:37 to play. Everett had two goals in surge, but time ran out on the Huskies getting any closer.

Plymouth State dominated the center circle winning 23 of 34 draws. Senior Molly Gleason (Haverhill, Mass.) led all players with nine draw controls. Senior Rachel Fistori (Medford, Mass./Arlington Catholic) had six draw controls. Senior Julia Pearl (Essex Jct., Vt.) led USM with six draw controls. Both sides had 34 shots, and USM had a slim 17-16 edge in ground balls.



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Postby Tom Nolette » Fri May 01, 2015 10:41 am

Husson Women's Lacrosse end season with lost to Castleton, 18-5

CASTLETON, Vt. – The Spartans scored 12 consecutive goals in the first half to put the game away as they advanced to their fourth straight North Atlantic Conference Championship game with an 18-5 victory over Husson on Wednesday at Spartan Stadium.

Castleton left no doubt as they outshot the Eagles 33-18, including a 23-5 advantage in the first half. The Spartans also recorded 19 caused turnovers as they won their 14th straight game to improve to 15-2. Husson recorded 15 caused turnovers and had 15 draw controls as its season ended at 8-6.

Junior Brianna MacKay had an impressive all-around game with five goals, two assists, four caused turnovers and three ground balls. Kate Auer added four goals, one assist and five draw controls while Maddy DaCosta contributed one goal, one assist, six ground balls and three caused turnovers. Junior Meghan Els was impressive in net, making 12 saves and causing two turnovers to secure the victory.

Senior Michaela Bicknell led Husson with two goals, three draw controls and two caused turnovers. Anna Wolterbeek added three caused turnovers and three ground balls while Rashell Saucier finished with five caused turnovers and five draw controls.

Chantel Wilken put Castleton on the board just 50 seconds into the contest, but Abi Staab countered with a goal 31 seconds later to tie it up 1-1. DaCosta gave the Spartans a 2-1 lead at 28:39, though Bicknell evened the score at two apiece with 27:11 left. Castleton responded with goals from the Brandi Whittemore, Lesure and Auer to extend the lead to 5-2 and force a Husson timeout with 16:34 remaining.

Out of the stoppage, Whittemore scored back-to-back goals in less than three minutes and then MacKay registered consecutive scores to stretch the lead to 9-2. Auer contributed three more goals in the final 8:03 of the half and MacKay scored two more a 14-2 advantage at the break.

In the second half Mattie Russell scored at 16:16 to cut the deficit to 14-3. However, MacKay made it a 12-goal game just one minute later. Castleton outscored Husson 3-2 over the final 20 minutes to secure the 18-5 victory.

Husson's Kaitlin Dolloff was saddled with the loss, as she made eight saves while also picking up two ground balls.

Castleton returns to action this weekend when the team plays in the NAC Championship against Thomas.
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Postby Tom Nolette » Fri May 01, 2015 10:48 am

Thomas Knocks Out Colby-Sawyer to Advance to NAC Championship Game

WATERVILLE, ME - Jennifer Day and Brittany Premo scored three goals each as No. 2 Thomas went on to defeat No. 3 Colby-Sawyer 9-7 in a North Atlantic Conference semifinal on Wednesday afternoon.

The win advances the Terriers (8-3) to the NAC Championship game where they will face top-seeded Castleton in a rematch of last season's final. The Chargers end their season at 10-6.

Thomas jumped out to an early lead over Colby-Sawyer, scoring the first four goals of the game. Day wasted no time getting the Terriers on the board, scoring her first of the day just 1:15 in to action.

Only 53 seconds later, Premo would notch her first on the game as she drove at the net and fired a shot past Charger goalkeeper Meghan Castellano for the 2-0 lead. Toral Nelson got involved in the scoring action, as she collected a tip-pass from Jaclyn Hartwell and put it through for her fourth goal on the year.

With just over 15 minutes of the first half gone, Premo put home her second goal of the game with an assist from Day and Thomas got out to their biggest lead of the game at 4-0.

Colby-Sawyer began to chip away at the lead to close out the first half. Nicole Lavigne got them on the board at the 9:39 mark as she scored on a man advantage situation. The Chargers got a second goal quickly as Caitlyn Whearty just 46 seconds later and the Terrier lead was cut in half at 4-2.

Thomas ended the 2-0 Charger run when Samantha Greenlaw buried a shot past Castellano from the free-position. With another advantage, Colby-Sawyer took the opportunity and Whearty notched her second of the game to bring her team within two.

Day ended the half with her second goal, scoring unassisted to send the Terriers into the half up 6-3. Thomas held the advantage in shots, ground balls and draw controls in the first half.

The Chargers got off to a hot beginning in the second half, scoring three unanswered goals in a six minute span to tie the game up 6-6. Carly Baker recorded the first goal just 1:37 into the half, taking an assist from Nicole Danehy and getting it past Thomas goalkeeper Allie McCarthy. Baker would assist on the second Charger goal as she found Alyssia Janak for the score. Whearty would score her third of the game at 22:27 to tie the score up.

After a timeout taken by Thomas, the Terriers came out and responded, scoring two straight goals to jump back ahead by two. Day once again made a hard drive towards the net and put a shot up high for the goal and the lead. Greenlaw registered her second of the afternoon to make it a two-goal game with 18:35 remaining.

Colby-Sawyer pulled back within one after a Terrier foul set up Sara Berry with a free-position chance and she found the back of the net to bring the score to 8-7. Just over three minutes later, Premo received a terrific pass from Day and notched her third goal of the game to put Thomas back up two with just 11:15 to go.

The Thomas defense held strong over the remaining 11 minutes of play to secure the 9-7 victory and their ticket to the NAC title game.

Day had a game-high six points on the afternoon, with three goals and three assists, while Premo also had three goals and Greenlaw had two. Whearty led the Chargers with three goals of her own.

McCarthy recorded nine saves in goal for Thomas to collect the win, and Castellano had three saves for Colby-Sawyer.

The Terriers will now move on to face No. 1 Castleton in the NAC Championship game for the second straight season. The Spartans defeated Thomas back on September 28 by a score of 16-6. Game is scheduled for a 4:30 PM start time on Saturday, May 2 at Castleton.
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Postby Tom Nolette » Sun May 03, 2015 3:34 am

Women's Lacrosse Overwhelms Middlebury, Advances to NESCAC Final

HARTFORD, Conn. - The Bowdoin College women's lacrosse team defeated Middlebury for the first time since 1987, advancing to the NESCAC Championship game with a 14-8 win over the Panthers in the semifinals Saturday afternoon at Trinity College.

Bowdoin (15-2) advances to the NESCAC title match for just the second time in program history (2006) and will face Trinity at noon on Sunday for the championship. The Polar Bears are in search of their first-ever conference crown. Middlebury (13-3) is likely to receive an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament when selections are announced on Sunday night. The victory for Bowdoin snaps a string of 32 consecutive losses to their rivals from Vermont.

As it has been all season for the Polar Bears, Bowdoin used a balanced attack to earn the win. Megan O'Connor scored four times while Taylor Wilson added three goals and an assist. Emma Beecher tallied two goals and three assists while Lindsay Picard and Clare McLaughlin also notched a pair of goals. Bridget Instrum scored three goals to lead the Panthers.

Bowdoin never trailed on Saturday, scoring the game's first goal just 1:40 in from Wilson and, after Instrum tied it for the Panthers, the Polar Bears rolled off four straight goals and never looked back. Bowdoin led 8-5 at intermission and then opened the second half on a 5-1 surge, thanks to two goals from O'Connor, to extend their lead to 14-6 with eight minutes to play.

Isabel Sippel was excellent in goal for Bowdoin, making 11 saves and collected two ground balls. Picard and Wilson each had four draw controls and two caused turnovers to lead the Polar Bears. Mettler Growney caused two turnovers and Annie Glenn had a team-high three ground balls. Middlebury was forced to go through three goaltenders with Madeleine Kinker playing the most minutes (42:32) allowing 11 goals and making three saves.
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Postby Tom Nolette » Sun May 03, 2015 3:45 am

Terriers Come Up Short in NAC Title Game Versus Spartans

CASTLETON, VT – The Thomas women's lacrosse team were defeated by the Castleton State Spartans 16-3 in the North Atlantic Conference Championship game this afternoon at Spartan Stadium. The Terriers finish as the conference runner-up for the third consecutive season.

Brandi Whittemore put Castleton in front just 1:08 into the contest, scoring right in front off a feed from Lesure. Grace Johnson extended the lead to 2-0 at 21:39 and 1:39 later DaCosta netted a goal from Brianna MacKay to make it a three-goal game. MacKay scored with 17:24 left and Jennifer Day got Thomas on the board with 16:09 remaining to cut it to 4-1.

Just 20 seconds later Whittemore extended the lead to four goals. Auer added a pair of goals in a 25 second span and MacKay scored with 10:01 left to make it 8-1. Castleton outscored Thomas 2-1 over the final ten minutes for a 10-2 lead at the break.

Auer and Johnson scored in the opening four minutes of the half for the 10-goal lead. Lesure, Hannah Braman and Nadine Downing extended the Spartan advantage to 15-2 before Toral Nelson ended the run at 8:53. Whittmore ended the scoring with 2:30 left for the final margin.

Defensively, Emily Maher had four ground balls, three draw controls and three caused turnovers. Junior Rachel Bombardier was impressive in net with eight saves to earn the victory.

Castleton earned their 15th consecutive victory and advance to the NCAA Tournament for the fourth straight year. The Spartans outshot Thomas 40-16 in the contest and picked up 17 of the game's 21 draw controls.

Five different players recorded at least three points for Castleton, led by Mariah Lesure with two goals, four assists and four draw controls.

Allie McCarthy took the loss for the Terriers but was solid with 18 saves in goal.

Day had a hand in all three goals, with two scores and one assist while causing two turnovers. The two goals put her at 51 for the season, which was good for second in the conference. Day also finishes her Thomas career with a school-record 175 goals and 238 total points.

The Terriers wrap up their 2015 season as the conference runner-up and with an overall record of 8-5. It was the third straight NAC Championship game appearance for the program. Day, McCarthy and Brittany Premo were all selected to the NAC All-Tournament Team.

All-Tournament Team

Michaela Bicknell - Husson
Matt Russell - Husson
Sara Berry - Colby-Sawyer
Caitlyn Wheartly - Colby-Sawyer
Allie McCarthy - Thomas
Brittany Premo - Thomas
Jennifer Day - Thomas
Tiffany Danyow - Castleton
Rachel Bombardier - Castleton
Mariah Lesure - Castleton
Brandi Whittemore - Castleton (MVP)
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