Bridgewater Pushes Past Women's Lax, 18-8

MANSFIELD, Conn. –Bridgewater State University outscored  Eastern Connecticut State University 8-1 over the final 18 minutes and posted an 18-8 non-conference women's lacrosse victory Tuesday afternoon at the Mansfield Outdoor Complex.

At right: Erin Conn (far left), Mikaely Whitehouse (19) and Melissa Baia (18) battle for a loose ball in the second half of Tuesday's 18-8 loss to Bridgewater State. (Dave Santerre photo)

Bridgewater (4-3) never trailed after scoring the first three goals over the first 76 seconds, but needed a run of three straight goals from freshmen Melissa Renauld and Alex King, and senior Taylor Clancy after Eastern (1-6) had sliced a five-goal deficit to three, 10-7, on senior Kelsea Burkhardt's (Old Saybrook) first goal of the season  ten minutes into the second half.

Senior Erin Conn (Moriches, NY) won ten of Eastern's 16 draws to become the program's all-time leader in that category. The team leader each season in draws, Conn broke the previous career record of 237, set by Taylor MacDonald between 2007 and 2010. Entering the match, Conn needed seven to estabish a new mark. She now has 241. Conn won four draws in the first half and set the record with her third win of the second half, coming after Bridgewater scored with 17:42 left in the match.

At left: Erin Conn (Photo by Dave Santerre)

 with senior Ashley Wolk (Barrington, RI) winning two draws, picking up four ground balls and scoring twice. Freshman Paige Schneider (East Lyme) led the Warriors with three goals.

The Warriors had three opportunities to cut deficit to two but missed the cage twice and had one shot saved by Bridgewater freshman goalie Allie Forman (Marblehead, MA), before the Bears responded with Renauld's 17th goal of the season that made it 11-7 with 17:42 left.  Clancy then won the ensuing draw and quickly fed King, who potted her 19th goal of the season. Following a flurry of turnovers, Clancy capitalized on an extra-man opportunity with a free-position goal – her 17th of the season – that pushed the Bridgewater lead to six, 13-7, with 16:16 left.

King then struck for her team-leading 20th and 21st goal minutes later to spark a game-ending surge of five straight goals as the Bears pulled away for their third straight win over Eastern.

Clancy led Bridgewater with three goals and five assists, won four draws, and picked up 12 ground balls. Junior Riley Cachelin converted four goals and adding three assists in an attack which featured eight different players contributing goals or assists.

 Forman made nine saves to even her record at 2-2.

 Eastern hosts Rhode Island College Saturday at 1 p.m. in its Little East Conference opener.