PAXTON, MA - Junior attacker Valerie Ferrante (Milford, MA) tallied a career-high 13 points, including a school-record nine assists to lead the Wheelock College women's lacrosse team to a 23-1 victory this evening at AMCAT Field in Paxton, MA. The Wildcats improve to 2-4 on the season, while the AMCATS fall to 0-10.
Ferrante's assist total is tied for the most of any player in NCAA Division III this season. She also eclipsed the program's season record for assists with her sixth helper at the 23:34 mark of the second half for the Wildcats. She now has 18 to move past the former mark of 14 set by Emma Marrs (Old Lyme, CT) last season.
Wheelock owned a comfortable 40-10 shot advantage and dominated the draw controls as well by a count of 19-6.
Wheelock scored the first nine goals of the night and Ferrante had a hand in five of them with a goal and four assists. Junior attack Emma Marrs (Old Lyme, CT) netted four of her season-high seven goals during the opening stretch, while senior midfielder Christina Cubera (Baltimore, MD) scored twice. Junior middie Molly Centore (Kennebunk, ME) and freshman midfielder Haley Lary (Randolph, VT) each notched a goal as well.
Sophomore Brittany Jackson (Mamaroneck, NY) put Anna Maria on the board with 9:41 left in the first half, but the Wildcats closed out the half with four unanswered goals to take a 13-1 lead into halftime. Ferrante registered two goals and Cubera and Marrs added one apiece.
Wheelock dominated the second half, scoring all 10 goals in the period. Centore netted four markers to end the match with five goals, while Lary and Marrs each found the back of the net twice in the stanza. Freshman attacker Emily Hammerstrom (West Boylston, MA) scored her second goal of the season, while Ferrante capped the scoring with her 12th tally of the year.
Freshman goalie Meghan Lewis (South Berwick, ME) was nearly perfect on the night, stopping six of seven shots to earn the victory for the Wildcats, while Bridget Larson (Hull, MA) made 14 saves for the AMCATS.
Marrs added three assists to her goal total for a season-best 10 points in addition to three ground balls and a pair of draw controls for Wheelock, while Ferrante picked up a game-high four ground balls. Centore recorded 11 draw controls and two ground balls, while Cubera and Lary each finished with three goals and three ground balls. Cubera also came up with five draw controls.
The Wildcats will be in action again on Saturday, April 12 when they travel to Weston, MA to take on New England Collegiate Conference foe Regis College at 1:00 p.m., while Anna Maria returns to play on April 13 when it heads to New Haven, CT to take on Albertus Magnus College.