WESTFIELD, Mass. – The Eastern Connecticut State University women's lacrosse team continued to search for answers on the offensive end of the field Tuesday night, managing just one goal in the first half and dropping a 13-5 non-conference decision to Westfield State University at Alumni Field.
At right: Junior defender Olivia Mullen advances the ball up field in the first half of Tuesday night's 13-5 loss to Westfield State. (Photo courtesy of Westfield State Sports Information).
Since graduating three-time first-team All-Little East Conference player Daniela Marchitto – the program's second-leading scorer all-time who averaged nearly three goals per contest last spring – Eastern (2-9) has managed only 6.3 goals per match this year, including only five per game during its recent losing streak.
An eighth-year intercollegiate program, Westfield (6-4) has won four straight after subduing Eastern in the second meeting between the programs. Eight different players contributed a goal or assist for the Owls, who forced Eastern into 15 first-half turnovers and limited it to just five shots through the first 30 minutes.
Down 12-2 heading into the final 15 minutes, Eastern got two goals from freshman Karen Trescott (Somers) and one from senior Erin Conn (Moriches, NY). The duo each had two goals and combined to win five of Eastern's eight draws.
Freshman goalie Taylor Emmerson (Colchester) mad eight saves in the loss, while Westfield freshman backup goalie Emma Kervick needed only six stops to remain undefeated (3-0) this year.
Eastern hosts Plymouth State University Saturday at noon in a rematch of last year's Little East semifinals, won by visiting Eastern over the top-seeded Panthers, 8-6. Plymouth was rated No. 1 in the pre-season coaches' poll, Eastern No. 3.