WORCESTER, Mass. -- The Eastern Connecticut State University women's lacrosse team scored five straight goals in the second half to take its first lead midway through the half, and senior midfielder Maggie Bodington (Stratford) broke the second and final tie with 2:26 left in the Warriors' 11-10 non-conference win over Worcester State University Tuesday afternoon at Coughlin Field.
A winner of two straight on the road, Eastern (3-5) forced 30 turnovers with 33 ground balls and withstood Worcester's (4-5) last-second bid to tie the match when its final attempt sailed wide with 18 seconds left.
Junior midfielder Michelina Pinto (Groton) and first-year sophomore midfielder Tristan Kijak (Windsor) each scored twice in the Warriors run of five straight goals which began early in the second half and pushed them into their first lead, 8-7, with 14 minutes left. Eastern led by two with six minutes left but Worcester senior Mackenzie Little potted a pair of goals in a span of 12 seconds – scoring her fourth goal of the match, then winning the draw and following with her fifth marker.—to tie the match with just over three minutes left.
Bodington's only goal of the match – her team-leading 14th of the season – on the only assist of the match from Kijak –proved to be the winning goal with 2:26 left. With the lead, Eastern turned the ball over three times the rest of the way, but the Lancers matched that total , and junior goalie Jessica Purick (Riverhead, NY) made her ninth and final save with 78 seconds left to preserve the team's third straight win over Worcester.
With five goals, Kijak doubled her season total. Two of her goals came in succession a minute apart and broke the first tie of the match, allowing the Warriors to take a two-goal (10-8) lead into the final six minutes. Little answered with her two quick ones three minutes later, however, giving Bodington the opportunity to score the game-winner.
Bodington and freshman defender Katlyn Molony (Bethel) each won five draws in helping Eastern to win just over half of the23 draws. Bodiington, Kijak and senior defender Taylor Behn (Amherst, NH) each had five ground balls to spark Eastern to a +10 advantage in that department. With three caused turnovers, Kijak was one of eight Eastern players to force at least one. Senior attack Jenna Glynn (West Granby) contributed four ground balls and also caused two turnovers.
Pinto followed Kijak with three goals to give her 13 on the season.
Eastern hosts Wellesley College Thursday in a 4 p.m. makeup game.