Strong Second Half Lifts NEC Women’s Lacrosse Past Fitchburg
New England College women’s lacrosse would out score the visiting Fitchburg State University Falcons 5-2 in the second half en route to the 9-6 victory Monday afternoon in Henniker.
With the win the Pilgrims improve to 4-7 on the season, while the loss drops the Falcons to 2-6 overall.
Fitchburg would open the scoring just two minutes into the game as Jessica Bartlett (Marlborough, Mass.) would net her 16th goal of the season unassisted. NEC would respond at the 21 minute mark with two goals over a one minute span, including an unassisted goal by Elizabeth Bois (Westbrook, Maine) and another score by Meredith Merce (Ocean, N.J.) thanks to an Eleni Hatsis (Norwalk, Conn.) feed.
The two teams would trade goals throughout the remainder of the half as Falcon Markie Apple (Pittsfield, Mass.) would get the final goal of the half scoring at the 3:46 mark sending the game into halftime knotted at 4-4.
The Pilgrims came out of halftime on the offensive scoring the first three goals of the second half building their largest lead of the game up 7-4. The Falcons would get a goal back at the 17 minute mark as Erin Murphy (Warwick, R.I.) would convert on a free-position shot to get Fitchburg within two scores.
Two goals is as close as the Falcons would get as the two teams would exchange goals down the stretch and the Pilgrims would come up with the final goal of the game as Sarah Merrill would net her team-high 20th goal of the season with 2:27 left on the clock.
NEC’s Sarah Merrill, Meredith Merce and Elizabeth Bois each finished with two goals for the Pilgrims.
Fitchburg was led by Markie Apple who netted two goals for the Falcons.
Picking up the win in net for NEC was Rebecca Harvey (Natick, Mass.) who finished with eight saves. In goal for Fitchburg was Dylana Drolette (Burlington, Vt.) who recorded an impressive 10 saves.
NEC returns to action on Wednesday, April 10 when they host North Atlantic Conference rival Colby-Sawyer College. Fitchburg will hit the field again on Thursday, April 11 when they host conference opponent UMass-Dartmouth.
Goals by Quarters 1 2 Final
Fitchburg State University 4 2 6
New England College 4 5 9
Published: April 8, 2013