NEWPORT, RI - Freshman goalie Meghan Lewis (South Berwick, ME) turned away 28 shots for the Wheelock College women's lacrosse team in a 17-4 loss to host Salve Regina University this afternoon at Gaudett Field in Middletown, RI. The Wildcats fall to 4-7 on the season, while the Seahawks finish their season with a 5-11 record.
Lewis, who already owns the Wheelock record for saves in a season and career, breaks the 200-barrier and now has 211 saves on the year. She also picked up a school-record tying nine ground balls. Junior attacker Valerie Ferrante (Milford, MA) led the offense with a pair of goals, while classmate Molly Centore (Kennebunk, ME) tallied a goal, a game-high seven draw controls and a ground ball. Junior midfielder Katie Gavin (Manchester-by-the-Sea, MA) scored a goal, picked up three ground balls and caused a pair of turnovers.
Ferrante cracked the day's scoring column first, finding the back of the net just 91 seconds into the match for the Wildcats. Salve Regina countered with 10 unanswered goals to take a 10-1 advantage with 4:12 left in the opening half. Ferrante broke up the string with her second marker of the match just 12 seconds later for Wheelock. Sophomore attacker Samantha Smithwick (Falmouth, ME) capped the first period scoring for the Seahawks with just seven ticks left on the clock to give the home team an 11-2 cushion.
Salve Regina freshman attacker Kaitlin Gillespie (Haddam, CT) and Centore traded goals in the first four minutes to begin the second stanza, followed by a goal from Seahawks' junior defender Sarah Woods (East Lyme, CT) and Gavin to put the score at 13-4 with 18:46 remaining in the contest. Salve Regina netted the final four goals of the afternoon.
Junior middie Gina Tortorici (Deer Park, NY) racked up a game-high seven points on two goals and five assists to lead the Seahawks, while Woods finished with four goals, an assist, six draw controls, three ground balls and a pair of caused turnovers. Senior midfielder Karley Malenczak (Sayville, NY) and Gillespie each netted three goals in the match.
Wheelock will be in action again on Saturday, April 26 when it wraps up the regular season on Senior Day vs. NECC foe Elms College at 3:00 p.m. at Winsor Field.