LEICESTER, Mass. – Becker College defeated Rhode Island College 15-9 in non-conference women's lacrosse action Tuesday afternoon at Alumni Field. The win lifts the Hawks record to 1-2 while the Anchorwomen sink to 0-3.
Becker got on the board 3:50 into the game when Victoria Belcher (Seekonk, Mass.) scampered from behind the Anchorwomen net to score her first goal of the season. The Hawks lead was short lived as Jessica Ricci (Hope, R.I.) tied the game 15 seconds later with her sixth goal of the season.
Becker took a 3-1 advantage when they tallied goals on back-to-back free position shots by Tatum Fahs (Foster, R.I.) and Amy Giguere (Colrain, Mass.). The Anchorwomen answered with 21:53 remaining in the half when Danielle Landon (Wading River, N.Y.) fed Allison Smedberg (Cranston, R.I.) for her first goal of the season.
Becker responded with six unanswered goals to take a 9-2 lead, three of the six goals came from Victoria Belcher. The two teams exchanged goals before the end of the first half, sending the Hawks into the break with a 10-3 margin.
The Anchorwomen opened the second half with goals from Jessica Ricci and Danielle Landon to cut their deficit to 10-5. After Rachel Welling (Charlestown, N.H.) put the Hawks in front 11-5 with her fourth goal of the season, Jessica Ricci netted back-to-back scores in less than a minute to pull Rhode Island College within striking distance at 11-7.
Becker ended the Rhode Island College rally with three unanswered goals. The first goal came on a free position shot by Amy Giguere while Erika Galdamez and Victoria Belcher tickled the twine to give the Hawks a 14-7 lead.
The Anchorwomen made one last run at the Hawks with goals from Danielle Landon and Betsy Heidel (Warwick, R.I.), but Erika Galdamez netted the final goal for the Hawks to secure the 15-9 final.
Karena Prescott (New Bedford, Mass.) made seven stops to earn her first win of the season, while Alasondra Apici (Providence, R.I.) kept the Anchorwomen in the game with 14 saves.
Both teams return to action on Thursday, March 19. Becker will host MCLA at 4:00 p.m. while Rhode Island College welcomes Salve Regina at 6:00 p.m.