BOSTON, Mass.- In a back-and-forth affair, the Wheelock College women's lacrosse team was edged by the visiting Becker College Hawks in the Wildcats New England Collegiate Conference home opener on Winsor Field, 11-10. The Wildcats fall to 0-4 (0-1 NECC) while the Hawks improve to 5-4 (2-1 NECC) on the season.
Tonight's contest featured six lead changes and six ties as each team fought for control.
In the first half, Becker jumped out to a 4-2 lead but Wheelock came roaring back with three consecutive goals. Senior midfield Molly Centore (Kennebunk, Maine) cut the home team's deficit to 4-3 with 12:21 remaining in the period. Then, rookie midfield Molly Koon (Londonderry, N.H.) netted two goals 24 seconds apart to give the Wildcats the lead for the first time, 5-4.
The Hawks responded by closing out the half with three straight goals of their own as they headed into the break ahead 7-5.
The early minutes of the second half saw Wheelock regain control. Senior attack Emma Marrs (Old Lyme, Conn.) opened the scoring as the Wildcats took advantage of being in a man-up situation. Marrs made it 7-6 just 53 seconds into the period to spark another three goal spurt by the home squad. Koon knotted it up at 7-7 on an assist by Marrs before Marrs put Wheelock in the lead on a feed from Centore that made it 8-7 with 25:46 on the clock.
From that point, Becker would go on a decisive run as they scored four of the next five goals to claim an 11-9 edge with 8:12 remaining.
Both squads would go on an extended scoring draught from there as Wheelock added one last-gasp goal with seven ticks remaining. Marrs fed sophomore midfield Violet Vig (Glastonbury, Conn.) and Vig converted in another man-up situation to cut the deficit to 11-10.
The Wildcats were led by Koon who scored a game-high five goals on six shots on net. Marrs added three goals and four assists while Centore chipped in a goal and two helpers.
The Hawks were led by junior attack Kailee Ruyack (Beacon, N.Y.) with three goals and an assist while three other teammates contributed two goals apiece.
Becker's senior netminder Karena Prescott (New Bedford, Mass.) improve to 5-2 on the year as she made five stops while Wheelock's sophomore goalie Meghan Lewis (South Berwick, Maine) dropped to 0-4 despite making 20 saves.
The Wildcats return to action on Monday April 6th at home against Framingham State with an 8:00 p.m. start. The Hawks continue NECC play with a home match against Southern Vermont on Saturday April 4th at 11:30 a.m.