LEICESTER, MA - Sophomore midfielder Molly Centore (Kennebunk, ME) tallied a team-high four points to lead the Wheelock College women's lacrosse team in a 14-7 loss to host Becker College this evening in a New England Collegiate Conference match in Leicester, MA. The Wildcats fall to 2-8 overall and 1-2 in league play, while the Hawks improve to 5-8 and 3-0.
Centore scored a pair of goals and assisted on two others for Wheelock, while coming up with a game-high eight draw controls in addition to picking up three ground balls and causing three turnovers. Junior middie Christina Cubera (Baltimore, MD) played well on both sides of the ball as well with two goals, an assist, five ground balls and a draw control. Sophomore attacker Emma Marrs (Old Lyme, CT) also found the back of the net twice and added three ground balls, while junior midfielder Katie Gavin (Manchester-by-the-Sea, MA) scored a goal, scooped up a ground ball, won a draw control and caused a turnover.
The Wildcats' total of seven goals gives them 98 for the campaign to establish a program record for goals in a season.
Becker scored the first four goals of the match with a pair of goals each from junior attacker Samantha-Jo Dilkes (Little Falls, NJ) and freshman attacker Kailee Ruyack (Beacon, NY), before Cubera converted a free position shot to put Wheelock on the board and make it 4-1 with 7:06 to play in the opening half. Junior attacker Ashley Mossey (Ballston Lake, NY) answered with a pair of goals for the Hawks, before Marrs scored the final marker of the half for the Wildcats to cut the deficit to 6-2 with 3:45 to play.
Becker sophomore attacker Mindy Moreau (Canterbury, CT) and Cubera traded goals within the first two and a half minutes to begin the second stanza to set the score at 7-3. The Hawks increased their lead to 9-3 with 22:17 showing in the period, courtesy of back-to-back goals from Dilkes, but Marrs scored on a feed from Centore just 14 seconds later to pull Wheelock to within 9-4. The Hawks started to pull away with three unanswered goals as Mossey, Ruyack and Moreau each registered goals over the next six minutes to give the home team a 12-4 advantage. The Wildcats closed out the game by scoring three of the final five goals to make it 14-7. Centore and Mossey traded goals, before Centore and Gavin scored consecutive goals to bring Wheelock to within 13-7, before sophomore attacker Alycia Dery (Millville, MA) tallied the final goal of the day for Becker.
Junior goalie Monica Bettle (Pembroke, MA) stopped seven shots for Wheelock, while freshman goaltender Shelby Wicks (Shaftsbury, VT) made 11 saves to earn the win for the Hawks.
The Wildcats will be in action again when they travel to nearby Clemente Field on Thursday, April 18 to take on Emmanuel College at 6:00 p.m., while Becker returns to play on April 20 when it heads to Daniel Webster College for a 1:00 p.m. game.