DANBURY, CT - The Western Connecticut State University women's lacrosse team scored eight unanswered goals over the final 13 minutes of its game against the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, but fell short of a miraculous comeback, falling to the Corsairs, 16-13, at the Westside Athletic Complex on Tuesday night.
Trailing, 16-5 after UMD's Julia DiPillo (Medway, MA) scored on a free-position shot, the Colonials stormed back with three goals from Caroline Galligan (Marshfield, MA), two goals each from Lauren Bradshaw (Bethel, CT) and Alyssa Carpentieri (Wappingers Falls, NY) and the game's final marker from Kelly Lourenco (New Milford, CT). Two of the goals during that stretch came while the Colonials were playing a player down do to yellow cards.
"Scoring eight goals that convincingly was fantastic to see," said WestConn head coach Jenn Thomas. "We turned it on a little too late, but we finally turned it on and played WestConn lacrosse."
Bradshaw finished with a game-high seven points as she scored four goals and assisted on three others. She now leads the Colonials with 79 total points.
Galligan added four markers while Carpentieri and Brooke Baldelli (New Fairfield, CT) each contributed two goals for WestConn, now 3-12 and 0-5 in the Little East Conference.
Senior midfielder Erin Kish (Littleon, MA) led all scorers with six goals for the Corsairs. Babby Giangrande (Westbrook, CT) and DiPillo added four and three goals, respectively.
Freshman netminder Jennifer Sawicki (Westbury, NY) made 13 saves for the Colonials while Kaitlyn Burchill (Bridgewater, MA) turned away 12 WestConn shot attempts.
Bradshaw and Baldelli were fierce in the center circle, collecting nine and six draw controls, respectively.
Brooke Martel (Haverhill, MA) and Leah Douty (Framingham, MA) each hauled in five draws.
The Colonials close out the regular season at Rhode Island College this Saturday, April 28. Game time is set for 1 pm in Providence, RI. The winner will earn the sixth and final spot in the upcoming Little East Conference Tournament, which begins on Tuesday, May 1.