LACONIA, NH – Despite a hat trick and assist from rookie midfielder Jasmine Coleman (Northford, CT), the third-seeded Western Connecticut State University women's lacrosse team fell to second-seeded Southern Maine, 15-9, in the semifinal round of the Little East Conference Championship Tournament on Saturday afternoon. With the loss, the Colonials season came to end with a stellar 14-5 overall record, while the Huskies improved to 10-5 and advanced to the championship contest to be played at No. 1 Plymouth State on Sunday.
WestConn led in shots, 34-29, ground balls, 30-24, while converting 5-of-8 free positions shots for the game. However, Southern Maine dominated the draw control column, winning 18-of-24 at midfield.
The Huskies defense was also able to hold Colonial offensive juggernauts Brooke Baldelli (New Fairfield, CT) and Lauren Bradshaw (Bethel, CT) to just one goal each. Baldelli finishes the year with 76 goals, while Bradshaw notched a team-leading 105 points on 51 goals and 54 assists.
Southern Maine jumped out to a 9-1 lead and would never look back. Aliza Jordan paced the Huskies with a game-high five scoring strikes, while Lindsey Keenan added four.
Trailing 10-3 at halftime, the Colonials put forth a solid second half effort, finishing ahead 6-5 in the stanza.
Sophomore goalkeeper Jennifer Sawicki (Westbury, NY) wrapped up an outstanding campaign at 14-5, finishing with eight saves for WestConn. Southern Maine netminder Hala Van Nostrand improved to 8-4 and recorded 11 stops.
The WestConn core will remain intact as they seek to continue moving in a positive direction in the 2020 season.