DARTMOUTH, MA – Senior Lauren Bradshaw (Bethel, CT), junior Brooke Baldelli (New Fairfield, CT) and sophomore Caroline Galligan (Marshfield, MA) netted four goals apiece to the lead the Western Connecticut State University women's lacrosse team to a 17-9 victory at Little East Conference foe UMass-Dartmouth in the regular season finale for both teams on Saturday afternoon.
With the win, the Colonials (13-4 overall and 5-2 in league play) secured the No. 3 seed and will host the No. 6 seed, Castleton, in the first round of the LEC Postseason Championship Tournament slated to begin on Tuesday. The Corsairs season came to an end at 4-13 and 0-7.
"We are very pleased with our regular season record. We were happy with our well balanced scoring attack today and that is our game plan for the postseason. We wanted to use this contest as preparation for next week because it will be an entirely new season," stated WestConn head coach Jennifer Thomas following the win.
The hosts pierced the scoring column less than two minutes into the contest. However, the visitors answered with a staggering 9-1 first half run en route to the win. Baldelli – who also dished out two helpers – ignited the barrage before rookie midfielder Mia Schumey (West Hartford, CT) rounded out the run. Bradshaw dished out three of her game-high six assists during the flurry.
It was more of the same in the second half as the Colonials reeled off a 5-0 spurt midway into the period. Galligan tickled the twine three times during the run.
WestConn sophomore goalkeeper Jennifer Sawicki (Westbury, NY) was solid in between the pipes yet again, improving to 13-4 while stopping six shots. UMD goalie Kaitlyn Burchill finished with 13 saves.
Plymouth State earned the top seed in the tournament while Southern Maine claimed the No. 2 slot. Both teams receive a first round bye. No. 4 Keene State will host fifth-seeded Eastern Connecticut in the other first round matchup on Tuesday. With a victory on Tuesday, the Colonials mould move on to meet Southern Maine in the semifinal round at Plymouth State on Friday. The championship game is slated for Saturday.