BOSTON, Mass.- In the First Round of the New England Collegiate Conference women's lacrosse playoffs, fourth-seed Wheelock College cruised to an 18-2 rout over fifth-seed Mitchell College. The win improves the Wildcats to 10-7 on the season and earns them a berth in the semifinals while the Mariners close their 2016 campaign at 5-7.
Wheelock began their barrage early as rookie Georgia Schindele (Sparkill, N.Y.) slotted home a free position shot 32 seconds into the contest. That started a string of six consecutive goals before Mitchell got on the board with 7:54 remaining in the half when freshman Francesca Pinard (Arlington, Mass.) converted from a free position. Still, the Wildcats closed out the stanza strong with goals from Schindele and rookie Colleen Macdonald's (Sandwich, Mass.) third of the period to take an 8-1 advantage into the break.
The halftime lull did not slow Wheelock's attack as the home team opened the half on a 7-0 spurt over the first 18 and a half minutes. Five different players found the twine as Schindele and senior Emma Marrs (Old Lyme, Conn.) each scored two. With 8:48 remaining in the contest, Mitchell's junior Willeen Pun (Stamford, Conn.) made it 15-2 when she weaved through the defense and found the netting with a low shot. From there the home team closed the game in control with three more scores from the sticks of Marrs, sophomore Molly Brennan (Walpole, N.H.), and Schindele to secure the 18-2 victory.
The Wildcats featured seven goal scorers led by Schindele who poured in six. Macdonald led the team with seven points on four goals and three assists while Marrs tied Schindele's six with three goals and three assists. Sophomore goalie Meghan Lewis (South Berwick, Maine) earned the win while making 13 saves.
The Mariners got a goal apiece from Pinard and Pun to lead the squad. Rookie Kate McCormack (Narragansett, R.I.) added three shots on goal. Senior keeper Samantha Ryan (Quaker Hill, Conn.) took the loss despite making five stops.
Wheelock continues on to the NECC Semifinals on Thursday afternoon when they will face top-seeded Regis College at 4:00 p.m.