Women's Lacrosse holds off Pilgrims in NECC thriller

Clare Conway

HENNIKER, N.H. --- The Becker College women's lacrosse team emerged victorious for a 15-14 victory at New England College on Saturday at Don Melander Field in Henniker, New Hampshire in a matchup of two of the New England Collegiate Conference's (NECC) top three teams.

April 13, 2019
Don Melander Field, Henniker, N.H.
Score: Becker 15, NEC 14
Records: The Hawks of Becker 9-1, 3-0 NECC | The Pilgrims of NEC 7-5, 2-1 NECC

• Becker freshman attacker Clare Conway (Billerica, Mass. / Billerica Memorial) scored a career-high six goals for the Hawks, continuing her outstanding rookie season. She also posted four ground balls on the day.
• Freshman attacker Julia Ravenelle (Barrington, N.H. / Oyster River) was right behind Conway with five goals, including the eventual game-winner. Ravenelle also tallied six ground balls, five draw controls and two caused turnovers.
• Freshman defender Kylian Kelly (Shrewsbury, Mass. / Shrewsbury) stepped up with a career-high two goals, a career-best 11 ground balls, six draw controls and a career-high six caused turnovers.
• Sophomore attacker Arianna Calouro (East Providence, R.I. / East Providence) came up with one goal and two assists, to go along with four ground balls.
• Junior midfielder Cassandra Nelson (Exeter, N.H. / Exeter) posted one goal, one assist and three draw controls on the day.
• Freshman attacker Briana Lancia (Cheshire, Mass. / Hoosac Valley) dished out a team-high three assists.
• Senior goalkeeper Nikolle Storey (Cumberland, Maine / Kents Hill) posted a season-high 15 saves in the victory, anchoring a defense that held the Pilgrims to just 1-of-11 on free-position attempts.

• Senior attacker Tara Bainbridge (South Hadley, Mass. / South Hadley) led NEC with five goals, six assists, six ground balls and three caused turnovers.
• Senior attacker Alana Scott (Huntington, Vt. / Mount Mansfield Union) scored six goals with six draw controls, three caused turnovers and four ground balls.
• Sophomore goalkeeper McKenzie Gallasso (South Windsor, Conn. / South Windsor) tallied 10 saves in net.

• Becker appeared to have the game clinched when they took a 15-11 lead with just 3:35 to go in the second half. But NEC rallied, scoring three goals in the next two minutes, with all three assisted by Bainbridge. The Pilgrims had a chance to tie it up on a free position attempt with just 14 seconds left. But Storey stopped Bainbridge's shot and Kelly recovered the ground to end the threat as the Hawks held on for a thrilling finish.

• The game saw many milestones for the Hawks. It was the first meeting ever between the two schools, as New England College joined the NECC only this year. Becker therefore leads the all-time series, 1-0.
• With nine victories on the season, the Hawks have already matched their best win total in program history. Their 9-1 record is by far their best start to a season ever.
• With nine wins on the season, Storey has tied the Becker single-season record for wins by a goalkeeper.
• Along with Elms College, Becker is one of two remaining NECC schools who are undefeated in conference play this season at 3-0. The two schools are scheduled to meet in their regular season finale on April 23.

The Hawks host the Wildcats of Bay Path University in their next contest on Wednesday at 4:00 p.m.

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