PROVIDENCE, RI - The Western Connecticut State University women's lacrosse team claimed the final spot in the Little East Conference Postseason Tournament with a 13-3 victory at Rhode Island College in the regular season finale for both squads on Saturday afternoon. With the win, the Colonials improved to 4-12 overall and 1-5 in league play, while the Anchorwomen's season came to an end at 1-11 and 0-6. Sixth-seeded WestConn will meet third-seeded host Keene State in the LEC Quarterfinal round on Tuesday.
"We are fortunate to come out with a win and have an opportunity to compete in the conference tournament," said Colonial head coach Jennifer Thomas following the win-or-go-home scenario. "This week it's all about who wants it more and who's going to outwork the other team. We are hopeful we are going to show up and come out on top," she added.
Rookie attacker Caroline Galligan (Marshfield, MA) paced the Colonials with a game-high five goals while dishing out an assist. Junior midfielder Lauren Bradshaw (Bethel, CT) added two goals and three assists, while rookie Kelly Lourenco (New Milford, CT) chipped in with a hat trick.
WestConn outshot RIC by a whopping 48-12 margin, while also dominating in groundballs, 29-15.
The visitors began the contest with a 4-0 run. Galligan sparked the effort with her 39th goal of the season. The Anchorwomen cut it to 4-2 before Bradshaw netted a free position tally, setting the score at 5-2 at the break.
It was all Colonials in the second half as they struck for eight consecutive scoring strikes which included Galligan topping the 40-goal mark. RIC rounded out the action with a goal to make the final count, 13-3.
WestConn rookie goalkeeper Jennifer Sawicki (Westbury, NY) was stellar in net, improving to 4-12 while notching five saves, while RIC's Julia Eaton dropped to 1-11 and was faced with a barrage, stopping 22 shots.
Fourth-seeded UMass-Dartmouth will host fifth-seeded Southern Maine in the other quarterfinal match on Tuesday. The winner of the WestConn/Keene State contest will travel to No. 2 seed Eastern Connecticut on Thursday, while the winner of UMass-Dartmouth/Southern Maine affair will head to top-seeded host Plymouth State. The championship game is slated for Saturday at a site and time to be determined.