MANSFIELD, Conn. -- Senior midfielder Daniela Marchitto (Orange) had a career-high ten points and tied her career-high with eight goals to power the Eastern Connecticut State University women's lacrosse team to a 15-8 non-conference victory over Salve Regina University Saturday afternoon at the Mansfield Outdoor Complex.
With her first goal of the match five minutes into play, Marchitto became the fifth player in program history with as many as 200 career points. With ten points on the day, Marchitto moved into fourth place all-time ahead of former teammate Ashley Prizio in points (209) and goals (162). She is one point shy of third-place, alltime.
For Eastern (2-2), junior attack Erin Conn (Moriches, NY) won 15 of 19 faceoffs and captured 11 draw controls and chipped in four goals. No other Eastern player had more than one point.
Senior defender Rachel Meotti (Glastonbury) and senior midfielder Taylor Buchanan (Ellington) – the latter playing in her first game of the year due to an ACL injury – each picked up three ground balls and junior transfer midfielder Mikaely Whitehouse (Columbia) scored her first goal in an Eastern uniform when she converted a free-position shot midway through the first half.
Making her fourth start, junior goalie Haley Heslin (Hartford) evened her season record at 2-2 by making six saves.
Salve (1-3) scored the first two goals of the match in the first four minutes -- one coming on freshman attack Holly Duddy's first career goal – and led by a goal 12 minutes into action before the Warriors countered with five straight to move out to a four-goal lead two minutes into the second half. Whitehouse's goal tied it at 4-4 midway through the first half. The Warriors missed on their first two shots of the possession but maintained possession thanks to ground balls by junior attack Alexa Foldy (Brookfield) and Buchanan. After Whitehouse tied the match. Neither team could break the tie on a combined 15 possessions over nine minutes and 30 seconds until Conn stuck a free-position goal off a Seahawk turnover to give the Warriors the lead for good, 5-4, six minutes before halftime.
Marchitto and junior midfielder Taylor Shannon (Waterford) followed Conn's go-ahead goal with goals of their own in a two-minute span, and Marchitto opened the second half with a free-position marker two minutes into the stanza for the team's fifth unanswered goal that made it 8-4. Marchitto's first goal of the stretch came 11 seconds after she won the draw following Conn's faceoff. Meotti's ground ball off a Salve turnover led to Shannon's only goal of the match that made it 7-4 with just under four minutes left in the first half, and the first of three free-position strikes by Marchitto – set up on a Salve turnover and ground ball pickup by sophomore defender Olivia Mullen (Bethel) -- pushed the lead to four, 8-4, in the opening minutes of the second half.
Trailing 8-4, Salve never got closer than three the rest of the way, and the Warriors pulled away with the final four goals of the match over the final 15 minutes – Conn sandwiching goals around a pair by Marchitto in an eight-minute span. Neither team scored over the final seven minutes.
Junior midfielder Grace Kelly, senior midfielder Kelly Burke, and sophomore midfielder Gina Tortorici all had two goals for Salve, with freshman attack Lisa Pulie scoring once and chalking up the first three assists of her career. Tortorici led Salve with four ground balls and won four of eight faceoffs.
Making her first start in goal for Salve, junior Alyssa Corvi made 12 saves for Salve, eight coming when the Warriors scored eight goals in the second half.
This year, Marchitto has contributed to half of the team's 46 goals with 19 goals and four assists, having converted on more than half of her season's shots. Her previous eight-goal match had come during her sophomore season in a 19-17 win over Salve the last time the teams met in Mansfield.
Eastern hosts MIT Tuesday at 4:30 p.m.