Worcester, Mass. (April 2) -- As nine different players scored for the Hounds, the Assumption College women's lacrosse team improved to 7-3 overall and 5-2 in the Northeast-10 with a 21-8 home victory over Southern Connecticut on Wednesday night at the Multi-Sport Stadium.
In the win, junior Camille Auger (Kennebunk, Maine/Kennebunk) tallied her 100th career point as she ended the game with three goals and one assist.
The Hounds got on the board with two goals in the first four minutes as freshman Tori Russo (South Windsor, Conn./South Windsor) and junior Amy McNeil (Orange, Conn./Amity) staked the hosts to the 2-0 lead. Senior Emily Horan answered just over 16 minutes into the first half for an unassisted tally to cut the lead in half and the Owls eventually tied the game at 3-3 with 11:05 left in the half. Assumption had made it a 3-1 game following the sixth goal of the season from sophomore Julianna Molloy (Guilford, Conn./Guilford), but SCSU used goals from junior Sarah Muise and sophomore Lauren Anderson to tie things up for the final time.
Assumption roared to life over the next five minutes to seize control of the game, going on a 7-0 scoring run in a span of 5:25 as six different players scored in that stretch. Auger scored her first of three goals in the run, including a man-up score with 6:34 left in the opening half. Senior Lindsay Hagerman (Scarborough, Maine), who finished the game with two goals and a team-high four assists, had one goal and one assist to help the Hounds to the 10-3 lead. Assumption eventually took the 10-4 advantage into the halftime break as SCSU's Emily Orser converted a free position shot with 1.7 left for her sixth goal of the season.
Russo and freshman Quincy Wilkins (Wilbraham, Mass./Minnechaug) each scored a pair over the first 5:02 of the second half to extend the lead into double digits for the first time at 14-4. McNeil eventually completed her hat trick on a free position shot with 17:57 left, ending the game with 149 career goals as she remains second all-time in Assumption scoring history.
Hagerman scored her 21st goal of the year with just under 11 minutes remaining for the 19-6 lead, followed by the teams trading goals over the remainder of the contest for a the 13-goal final margin.
Four Hounds finished with hat tricks with McNeil, Auger, Russo and Wilkins, along with two goals each by Hagerman, senior Kathryn Beall (Shrewsbury, Mass./Shrewsbury), Molloy and sophomore Molly Brown (Manchester, N.H./Manchester Central).
Orser and Muise posted two goals each for Southern Connecticut, while sophomore Jennifer McCarthy added one goal and one assist.
Freshman Jaclyn Chirco (Hopkinton, Mass./Hopkinton) made seven saves in just over 49 minutes of play to improve to 7-3, while sophomore Vanessa Pagano made five saves to fall to 2-7. The game also marked the return of former Assumption captain Caitlin White '13, who is in her first season as the assistant coach for Southern Connecticut.
Overall, Assumption held a 31-16 lead in shots and a slight 14-13 edge in ground balls. The Hounds also forced 14 turnovers and were successful in 12-of-13 clear attempts. Assumption held a substantial 18-12 advantage in draw controls as well, led by a team-high six from senior Mary Guinee (Topsfield, Mass./Masconomet). The Hounds also had seven caused turnovers in the game behind two each from Chirco and Guinee.
While Assumption improves to 7-3 overall and 5-2 in league play, Southern Connecticut drops to 2-7 overall and 0-6 in the Northeast-10.
Assumption is back in action on Saturday, April 5th as the Hounds host Franklin Pierce University for a 1 p.m. start at the Multi-Sport Stadium.
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