BOSTON, Mass.- Becker College fell to Wheelock College 8-3 in New England Collegiate Conference women's lacrosse action Sunday evening. The loss drops the Hawks record to 2-8 (1-3 NECC) while the Wildcats improve to 4-3 (3-0 NECC).
In the first half, the two teams battled back-and-forth. Sophomore Alexah Mellis (East Longmeadow, Mass.) struck first from a free position before a pair of scores by classmate Colleen Macdonald (Sandwich, Mass.) gave Wheelock an early 3-0 advantage.
Becker got on the board next when sophomore Taryn Flebbe (Neptune, N.J.) netted a goal while down a woman but sophomore Georgia Schindele (Sparkill, N.Y.) answered right back from a free position to make it 4-1 with 9:05 remaining in the half. Still, the Hawks rallied in the closing minutes of the period as rookie
Samantha Carter (Boothbay Harbor, Maine) found the back of the net after a feed from classmate Cassandra Nelson (Exeter, N.H.). Then, Nelson added a strike of her own on a free position attempt to send the visitors into the break trailing just 4-3.
In the second half it was all Wheelock as the home team pulled away. A pair of scores from free positions by Macdonald had the Wildcats doubling up the Hawks 6-3 at the 11:28 mark. Next, junior Katie Frade (Dartmouth, Mass.) found the back of the net off a pass from Schindele. Then, Schindele closed the scoring when she struck after a feed by Mellis during a woman advantage, securing the final 8-3 tally.
The Wildcats were led by Macdonald who poured in a game-high four goals. Schindele added three points on a pair of goals and an assist. Junior Gabrielle Haywood (East Longmeadow, Mass.) scooped up a team-best six ground balls while senior Violet Vig (Glastonbury, Conn.) racked up a game-high seven caused turnovers.
Classmate Meghan Lewis (South Berwick, Maine) earned the win in net, making 10 saves.
The Hawks had three players with one goal each while Nelson led the squad with two points. Sophomore Rachel Adams (Leominster, Mass.) had a game-high nine ground balls and tallied a team-best four caused turnovers. Classmate goalie Nikolle Storey (Cumberland, Maine) took the loss despite making 12 stops.