Worcester, Mass. (April 5) -- Led by a four-goal effort by freshman midfielder Tori Russo (South Windsor, Conn./South Windsor), the Assumption College women's lacrosse pulled away in the second half for a 14-7 home win over visiting Franklin Pierce University on Saturday afternoon at the Multi-Sport Stadium.
After a slow start to the opening half, the Hounds got on the board just 8:49 into the first as junior Camille Auger (Kennebunk, Maine/Kennebunk) scored a man-up goal on a free position shot. Junior Amy McNeil (Orange, Conn./Amity) converted a free position shot of her own just 3:09 later, marking her team-leading 28th goal of the season and the 150th of her career. Franklin Pierce answered right back though with unassisted scores by Madeline Shopshire and Lauren Beville to tie the game with 9:48 left in the opening half. Sophomore Julianna Molloy (Guilford, Conn./Guilford) put Assumption up 3-2 just 25 seconds later off an assist from McNeil as the Hounds eventually took a 6-3 lead into the halftime break as five different Hounds scored in the period. Capping the first-half scoring was sophomore Tess Anketell (Southborough, Mass./Marian), notching her fifth goal of the season off an assist from freshman Quincy Wilkins (Wilbraham, Mass./Minnechaug).
The Ravens scored first just 1:23 into the second half as sophomore Nicole Beliveau scored her first goal of the game and third of the season to cut the edge down to just 6-4. Russo extended the lead back to four at 8-4 with a pair of scores to complete the hat trick, while senior Kathryn Beall (Shrewsbury, Mass./Shrewsbury) also added two goals in a 5-1 overall run for an 11-5 lead with under 20 minutes left.
After a Beliveau goal ended the Hounds run, senior Lindsay Hagerman (Scarborough, Maine/Scarborough) tallied her 22nd goal of the season off an assist from Russo, followed by free position goals from Russo and Beall to cap the Assumption scoring. FPU junior Megan Raposa accounted for the final goal of the contest with just 12 seconds left as the Hounds improved to 5-1 at home in 2014.
Freshman goalie Jaclyn Chirco (Hopkinton, Mass./Hopkinton) made 13 saves for her eighth win of the season, while junior Julia Coakley had eight stops in just under 49 minutes as she fell to 3-6.
Russo led the Hounds with four goals and one assist, along with three goals by Beall, two goals and an assist by McNeil and one goal and a game-high three assists by Hagerman. Raposa and Beliveau each scored a pair of goals for the Ravens.
For the game, the Ravens held a slight 30-27 edge in shots and forced 14 Assumption turnovers in the contest. Ground balls were even at 12-12, while Assumption held a 14-9 advantage in draw controls as senior Mary Guinee (Topsfield, Mass./Masconomet) led the team with six draws. The duo of juniors Rebecca Cann (Danvers, Mass./Danvers) and Allison Tivnan (Danvers, Mass./Danvers) each play well defensively for the Hounds, including a team-high three caused turnovers from Cann.
With the win, Assumption improves to 8-3 overall, 6-2 in the Northeast-10 and has now won three straight for the second time this season. The Ravens drop to 3-6 overall, 2-5 in league play and 1-5 on the road with the loss.
Assumption is back in action on Tuesday, April 8th as the Hounds travel to Le Moyne for a Noon start in Syracuse, N.Y.
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