February 28, 2013

Early Run Lifts Springfield Past Eastern Women's Lacrosse

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. --  Paced by sophomore Michelle Dorsey, the Springfield College women's lacrosse team snapped a tie early in the second half with seven consecutive goals – six coming in a span of less than six minutes --  and went on to a 13-8 non-conference victory over Eastern Connecticut State University in the season-opener for both teams Thursday afternoon at Stagg Field.

Dorsey scored her first three goals of the season and added an assist to spark the run for Springfield, which defeated Eastern for the first time after losing post-season tournament matches to the Warriors in 2003 and 2005 in the only previous contests between the programs.

Trailing 5-2 with 13 minutes left in the first half, Eastern pulled even by outscoring the hosts 4-1, with senior Daniela Marchitto (Orange) scoring twice and senior Christina Rully (Orange) and junior Taylor Shannon (Waterford) adding one each. Three of the goals came on free-position attempts.

In her debut in goal, Eastern junior Haley Heslin (Hartford) made  seven saves, with four of the Prides' goals coming on five free-position attempts.

Marchitto led Eastern with four goals and five ground balls, with senior Rachel Meotti (Glastonbury) winning four of the team's nine draws.

Eastern opens its home season Saturday at 3 p.m. against Colby-Sawyer College.