BOSTON, Mass. - The Wheelock College women's lacrosse team scored early and often as they raced past visiting Newbury College in New England Collegiate Conference play, 17-2. The Wildcats even their record at 5-5 and improve to 4-2 in the NECC while the Nighthawks fall to 0-10 and 0-5 in conference.
Junior Katie Frade (Dartmouth, Mass.) got the home team on the board just 21 ticks into the game off a feed from sophomore Alexah Mellis (East Longmeadow, Mass.). That would be a sign of things to come as Wheelock rattled off 10 consecutive goals to open up a big lead. Rookie Angel Ortiz (Topsham, Maine) got one back for the visitors but the Wildcats added two more in the last two minutes to take a 12-1 lead into the break.
With 10:57 to play in the contest, Ortiz struck again to make it 14-2 however the home team netted the final three scores of the game to pull away for the 17-2 victory.
The Wildcats were led by sophomore Georgia Schindele (Sparkill, N.Y.) who racked up seven points on a hat trick and four assists. Junior Alexandra Clark (Oak Bluffs, Mass.) led the team with four goals and added two helpers for six points. Frade had five points on a pair of scores and trio of assists. Senior goalie Meghan Lewis (South Berwick, Maine) earned the win while making four saves.
Ortiz led the Nighthawks with two goals. Sophomore Isabelle Pafford (Greenland, N.H.) had team-bests of four ground balls and three caused turnovers. Rookie Keely Molloy (Staten Island, N.Y.) took the loss in net despite making five stops.
Wheelock returns to action on Thursday when they head to RIC for a 6:00 p.m. matchup. Newbury continues their NECC slate when they host Bay Path on Thursday at 4:00 p.m.