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Women's Lacrosse: Behind Balanced Effort and Effective Defense, Warriors Breeze Past Mitchell College to Record First Home Victory of 2020 Season

Women's Lacrosse: Behind Balanced Effort and Effective Defense, Warriors Breeze Past Mitchell College to Record First Home Victory of 2020 Season

MANSFIELD, Conn. – The Eastern Connecticut State University women's lacrosse team recorded 18 caused turnovers and nine different players contributed a point when the Warriors eased past Mitchell College, 14-2, Wednesday afternoon at Rick McCarthy Field.

Two-time All-Little East Conference junior midfielder Tristan Kijak (Windsor) continued to dominate offensively and defensively this year with five goals (on five shots), seven ground balls and seven caused turnovers as Eastern (2-2) held Mitchell (0-2) scoreless for 15 minutes in the first half and for the final 44 minutes of the match.

It was the first meeting between Eastern and Mitchell, which is under the direction of first-year head coach Devyne Doran, a former two-time LEC Defensive Player-of-the-Year at Eastern and former assistant coach at Eastern.

After the teams scored 17 seconds apart in the opening minute, Eastern reeled off six straight and 13 of the final 14 goals to even its home record at 1-1.

Junior attack Sydney Hogan (Northford) took over the LEC lead with her eighth assist of the season, Kijak moved into a tie for third in the conference with 17 goals and improved her LEC-leading caused turnover total to 21 – 12 more than her nearest competitor – and her conference-leading ground ball total to 22.

Sophomore Ria Kilimos (Norwich) and freshman Emily Kesilewski (Wallingford) each netted their first career goals –Kesilewski potting a man-up free-position marker with a minute left to close out the first half and Kilimos wrapping up the scoring with 11 minutes left in the match. Senior Stacey Brodeur (East Lyme) also recorded her first two assists of the season and sophomore Gabby Abramczyk (Bristol) totaled a career-high four assists – all coming on Eastern's first eight goals.

The third of three Eastern goalies, freshman Nicole Gaston (West Haven) made four saves in 18 shutout minutes to close out the victory.