BOSTON, MA - Junior midfielder Katie Gavin (Manchester-by-the-Sea, MA) tallied six points, including five goals and also became the first player in school history to notch 100 career points for the Wheelock College women's lacrosse team in a 16-15 loss to host Wentworth Institute of Technology this evening at Sweeney Field in Boston, MA. The Wildcats fall to 0-2 on the season, while the Leopards improve to 3-1.
Wheelock owned a 9-6 lead at halftime behind Gavin and junior midfielder Molly Centore (Kennebunk, ME), who combined to score six goals in the first half. Gavin finished the day with five goals and an assist. Her 100th point came at 12:32 of the second half to knot the score at 12-12. Centore netted six a career-high six goals to go with a game-high 14 draw controls in addition to four ground balls and a caused turnover. Gavin also picked up four ground balls and added five draw controls and a pair of caused turnovers.
Wentworth erased the three-goal halftime deficit with five unanswered scores to open the second stanza, including a pair of goals from junior attack Alexandrea Banks (Ellington, CT). Centore and junior attack Valerie Ferrante (Milford, MA) each scored in a span of 15 seconds to tie the score for the Wildcats at 11-11 with 17:41 to play in the game. The teams traded goals over the next seven minutes until Gavin found the back of the net on a free position shot at the 9:17 mark to give Wheelock a 14-13 edge. The Leopards answered with three straight markers, including two from junior attack Julie Azzinaro (Westerly, RI), to take a 16-14 margin with 4:24 left in the match. Centore pulled the Wildcats to within 16-15 with 3:43 showing in the second half, but it proved to be the last score of the match as Wentworth held on for the victory.
Gavin tallied the first two goals of the game within 108 seconds for Wheelock, before junior midfielder Jessica Houghton (Billerica, MA) put the Leopards on the board at 25:52. Houghton later scored again to tie the score at 3-3 for Wentworth, but Centore and senior midfielder Christina Cubera (Baltimore, MD) fired back-to-back goals in a 41-second span for the Wildcats, before freshman middie Haley Lary (Randolph, VT) unleashed her first collegiate goal to give Wheelock a 6-3 cushion with 15:20 remaining in the opening half. Houghton and Centore traded scores to make it 7-4 with 14:08 left in the first period. Sophomore attacker Pam Mudge (Hooksett, NH) tallied the next two goals for the Leopards to cut the margin to a goal at 7-6, but Centore and Gavin closed out the half with a goal apiece on free position shots to give the Wildcats a three-goal halftime lead.
Ferrante finished the night with three points on a pair of goals and an assist for Wheelock to go with three ground balls and a draw control, while senior defender Michelle Greene (Mansfield, MA) scooped up a team-high five ground balls. Freshman middie Violet Vig (Glastonbury, CT) racked up her first career points with two assists in addition to three ground balls.
Mudge and Azzinaro led Wentworth with four scores apiece, while Houghton and freshman midfielder Molly Dufresne (Plaistow, NH) each scored three times. Junior defender Melissa Pilley (Lancaster, MA) came up with a game-high six ground balls.
Freshman goalie Meghan Lewis (South Berwick, ME) registered her second straight 20-plus save effort with 24 for the Wildcats, while posting a 60% save percentage, while junior goalie Robyn Pacini (Stoneham, MA) earned the victory for the Leopards, stopping four of 10 shots she faced in the second half. Sophomore Hayley Patton (Cranston, RI) turned away seven of 16 shots in the first half for the home team.
Wheelock will be in action again on Sunday, March 23 when it hosts University of Maine Farmington at 1:00 p.m. at Winsor Field in Boston, while Wentworth hosts Colby-Sawyer College on the same day at 4:00 p.m.