Worcester, Mass. (April 24) -- On Senior Night at the Multi-Sport Stadium, the Assumption College women's lacrosse team pulled away for a 15-8 non-conference victory over visiting Mercy College to finish the season with a 6-3 record at home. Prior to the game, the Hounds honored the five members of the Assumption College Senior Class for their contributions to the program during their Assumption careers.
Junior Meg McNally put Mercy up 1-0 just 1:41 into the first with an unassisted tally, her fifth of the year, for the early edge. Junior Amy McNeil (Orange, Conn./Amity) started off a seven-point night just under two minutes later as she connected for her 39th goal of the season off an assist from senior Lindsay Hagerman (Scarborough, Maine/Scarborough) to tie the game. After Mercy answered with two unassisted goals for the 3-1 lead with 21:50 left in the half, freshman Tori Russo (South Windsor, Conn./South Windsor) sparked a 5-0 Assumption run with a free position goal to cut the lead in half to 3-2. Russo and junior Camille Auger (Kennebunk, Maine/Kennebunk) added two more free position scores in the spurt as the Hounds finished the game 7-for-8 in free position opportunities.
After the Mavericks ended the Assumption run with the 14th goal of the season by Kristen Znaniecki with 4:06 left in the first, McNeil and Auger ended the opening half with goals to send the game into the break at 8-4 in favor of the Hounds.
Senior Tracey Wandle scored just 1:43 into the second half to cut the lead to 8-5, but it was Hagerman who answered just 28 seconds later for her 23rd goal of the season and the 9-5 edge. Three straight free position goals put the game out of reach at 12-5, followed by the fourth and final goal of the game by McNeil for the game-high eight-goal lead midway thru the second.
Mercy put together a 3-0 scoring run over a span of 3:49 later in the half, but it was Russo and senior Kathryn Beall (Shrewsbury, Mass./Shrewsbury) closing out the scoring in the 15-8 final.
Senior Michelle Monahan (Deer Park, N.Y./Deer Park) picked up the start for the Hounds, while freshman Jaclyn Chirco (Hopkinton, Mass./Hopkinton) made four saves to eventually pick up her ninth win of the season. Two Mavericks played in net in the game, with Shianne Judson making five saves in just under 46 minutes of play.
McNeil led all scorers with four goals and three assists as she ends the season with 195 career points thru three seasons. Auger and Russo each had hat tricks in the game, along with two goals each by Hagerman and Beall. Hagerman also added a pair of assists, ending the season with 97 career points.
Beall led the Hounds with three draw controls to go along with her two goals and two caused turnovers as she ended the game with a school-record 175 career draw controls. Senior Mary Guinee (Topsfield, Mass./Masconomet) finished with a team-high three caused turnovers and added one draw control to end her career with 167 draw controls, ranking second all-time behind Beall.
Senior Nancy McAdam (Portland, Maine/Portland) made her second start of the season as well for the Hounds, picking up one ground ball in her final career game. Junior Rebecca Cann (Danvers, Mass./Danvers) led the team with five ground balls to go along with one caused turnover.
Znaniecki led the Mavericks with two goals and one assist, along with one goal and one assist by both Nicole Kline and McNally.
Assumption held a 22-18 edge in shots, along with an 18-15 advantage in ground balls while forcing 20 Mercy turnovers in the game. Assumption's defense forced seven Mercy turnovers on clear attempts, while the Hounds were successful in 15-of-19 clear opportunities.
The hosts converted 7-of-8 free position chances, including a perfect 4-for-4 in the second half.
Assumption ends the season with a 9-7 overall record, marking the first back-to-back nine-win seasons in the program's history. Mercy, which has one game remaining on the schedule, falls to 6-10 with the non-conference setback.
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