MILTON, Mass. – The Curry College women's lacrosse team topped Rhode Island College (RIC) on Saturday afternoon by a score of 18-12. After the win, the Colonels improve to 1-2 while the Anchorwomen open the year at 0-1.
The teams traded goals to open the contest, bringing the score to 2-2 after eight minutes of play. The Anchorwomen soon took their first lead of the afternoon though, stringing together four unanswered goals to open up a 5-2 advantage. With 11:15 left on the clock, Curry senior Abby Dubel (Wolfeboro, N.H.) converted a free position shot to bring it to 5-3, while also picking up the 100th goal of her collegiate career. 13 seconds later, another RIC goal brought their lead back to three, but a pair of free position goals by the Colonels cut the deficit to just one at 6-5 as the teams entered halftime. In the first half, the visitors were nearly perfect on clears (13-14) and were bolstered by 13 Colonel turnovers.
As the second half got underway, Olivia Carpenito (Wilmington, Mass.) extended the RIC lead with a pair of scores. However, Curry got both tallies back thanks to Dubel, who scored twice over the course of 48 seconds. Not to be outdone, Madison McKenna (Cumberland, R.I.) notched another two goals for the Anchorwomen, scoring with 24:07 on the clock, then again with 23:41 to go. Facing another three-goal deficit, the Colonels grabbed control of the momentum by scoring four unanswered goals over the next eight minutes of play, jumping ahead with an 11-10 advantage. Giana Ritchie (Cumberland, R.I.) worked to keep RIC in the game, tying the score at 11-all, then, following a Curry tally, knotted the score again at 12-12. However, they'd be the final two Anchorwomen goals of the afternoon. With just under 12 minutes to go, Dubel struck again with her sixth goal of the match-up, despite being a player down. Allie Wysocki (Agawam, Mass.) then tallied her fifth goal of the day to make it 14-12, leading a charge of five more Colonel goals, which were capped off by another pair of markers from the junior midfielder. After outshooting their opponents 27-8 in the second half, the hosts locked up a hard-fought 18-12 triumph, their first victory of the year.
Wysocki led all players in goals with an impressive total of seven while Dubel registered a game-high eight points (6 goals, 2 assists). Dubel also topped the stat sheet in shots (14), shots on goal (10), and draw controls (8). Despite the loss, three players turned in four goals apiece for RIC in Carpenito, McKenna, and Ritchie. In the cage, Jessica Ginaitt (Warwick, R.I., 1-2) earned the win, making five saves, while her counterpart, Shannon O'Connell (Narragansett, R.I., 0-1) recorded 10 stops.
The Anchorwomen will stay on the road to face Emerson College at 6:00 p.m. on Monday, March 9. On the flip side, the Colonels look forward to a Tuesday, March 10 match-up with FDU-Florham at Memorial Stadium in Savannah, Georgia, as the team enters their Spring Break. Game time is set for 11:00 a.m.