Worcester, Mass. (April 12) -- On Saturday morning at the Multi-Sport Stadium, the Assumption College women's lacrosse team dropped an 11-8 home final to visiting Bentley University in Northeast-10 Conference play.
In the first half, the Hounds got on the board just 50 seconds into the game as freshman Quincy Wilkins (Wilbraham, Mass./Minnechaug) tallied her 12th goal of the season for the early 1-0 lead. Assumption stretched the lead out to 4-0 as junior Amy McNeil (Orange, Conn./Amity) scored a trio of goals within a span of just 4:07, with the second of the three goals being assisted on by senior Lindsay Hagerman (Scarborough, Maine/Scarborough).
The Falcons answered with back-to-back goals by freshman Ellie Shuman, including a free position shot with 16:05 left in the first period, as the Falcons closed to within 4-2. McNeil and Shuman alternated goals for the 5-3 margin before Bentley goals from seniors Taylor Bastien and Carolyn Kynoch tied the game at 5-5 with 7:20 left in the first.
McNeil put the Hounds back in front at 6-5 heading into the halftime break with her fifth goal of the game and 34th of the season with 6:29 left in the period. Assumption held a 13-9 advantage in shots over the opening half, while Bentley converted 2-of-3 free position attempts in the period.
Bentley tied the game for a second time just 1:11 into the second half as sophomore Erin O'Connor scored her eighth goal of the season to tie the game at 6-6. McNeil put Assumption back in front with her sixth goal of the game, assisted by Wilkins for the 7-6 edge.
Over the next 20 minutes however, Bentley took control with a 5-0 scoring run that included goals from five different players to seize control at 11-7 with 4:04 left in the game. Included in the run was a free position goal by freshman Hannah Lindgren for the third free position score of the game for the Falcons. McNeil closed out the scoring with her seventh goal of the game and team-leading 36th of the season with 2:36 left as the Hounds dropped the eventual 11-8 final.
Assumption freshman Jaclyn Chirco (Hopkinton, Mass./Hopkinton) made six saves in the loss, while Bentley senior Ally Dorman turned aside 14 shots in the win for the Falcons.
McNeil led all scorers with seven goals, while Wilkins added a goal and an assist for the Hounds. Shuman led the Falcons with four goals as eight different players scored for Bentley. Sophomore Julianna Molloy (Guilford, Conn./Guilford) led the Hounds with four draw controls, along with three draw controls each from seniors Mary Guinee (Topsfield, Mass./Masconomet) and Kathryn Beall (Shrewsbury, Mass./Shrewsbury). Beall also added two ground balls and two caused turnovers.
For the game, Assumption outshot the Falcons by a 28-22 margin and held a 14-12 advantage in ground balls. The Hounds also forced 16 Bentley turnovers and held a convincing 14-7 edge in draw controls. Both teams were efficient in clear attempts as the Hounds converted 16-of-18 chances, along with 17-of-20 for Bentley.
With the loss, Assumption falls to 8-5 overall and 6-4 in the Northeast-10, while Bentley improves to 5-7 overall and 4-4 in league play.
Assumption is back in action on Sunday, April 13th as the Hounds host No. 2 ranked Adelphi University for a 1 p.m. start at the Multi-Sport Stadium.
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