WESTON, MA - Junior midfielder Molly Centore (Kennebunk, ME) scored three of her team-high four goals in the second half to help the Wheelock College women's lacrosse team play even in the second half at host Regis College in a 15-5 loss this afternoon in a New England Collegiate Conference match at Regis Stadium in Weston, MA. The Wildcats fall to 2-5 overall, including 1-1 in league play, while the Pride improve to 9-3 and a perfect 3-0 in NECC action.
Wheelock netted the final three goals of the day, including a pair from Centore. Classmate Emma Marrs (Old Lyme, CT) also put a marker on the board on an assist from junior attacker Valerie Ferrante (Milford, MA). Centore also added four ground balls and four draw controls to her afternoon, while junior midfielder Katie Gavin (Manchester-by-the-Sea, MA) picked up a career-best seven ground balls to go with five draw controls and a caused turnover. Freshman middie Haley Lary (Randolph, VT) also contributed with an assist, three ground balls and a pair of draw controls.
For the seventh straight match, freshman goalie Megan Lewis (South Berwick, ME) posted a 50% or better save percentage for the Wildcats, stopping 18 shots on the day to give her a school-record 135 to move past Monica Bettle's former mark of 123 set last season.
Regis scored the first 10 goals of the match, including three tallies from sophomore Sam Salamone (Milford, MA) and a pair of scores by junior Teresa Busiek (Arlington, MA) and Abbie Wehr (Suwanee, GA).
Centore put Wheelock on the board when Lary found her for a marker with 3:33 left to go in the opening half. Busiek closed out the period with a goal coming just 12 seconds shy of the halftime horn.
The Pride netted the first three goals of the second stanza, before Centore connected on a free position shot with 12:19 remaining in the half to cut the deficit to 14-2. Stacy Burns (Waltham, MA) scored Regis' final goal of the game, before Centore sandwiched a pair of goals around a Marrs' tally for Wheelock.
Busiek finished with three goals, one assist, 11 ground balls, three draw controls, and two caused turnovers to pace the home team. Salamone ended the day with four goals, four ground balls, a draw control and caused a turnover. Lindsey Graver (Bellingham, MA) racked up four points, including two goals and added two ground balls as well.
Emma Decker (Southborough, MA) earned the victory for Regis, making three saves.
Wheelock will be in action again on Tuesday, April 15 when it hosts NECC rival Becker College at 3:30 p.m. in a match to be played at Hedley Field on the campus of Pine Manor College in Chestnut Hill, MA, while the Pride returns to action on April 14 with a 7:00 p.m. non-league game to be played at Wentworth Institute of Technology.