BOSTON, Mass. - In their first New England Collegiate Conference (NECC), the Wheelock Women's Lacrosse team defeated the Mitchell College Mariners 20-3.
How It Happened: The Wildcats scored early and often with freshman Ashley Eppolito (Nashua, N.H.) scoring her third goal of the season. Eppolito would score three goals on five shots on the afternoon. Less than 30 seconds later, senior Alexandra Clark (Oak Bluffs, Mass.) scored on a free position shot to give the Wildcats an early 2-0 lead. Clark would add another goal three minutes later after Hannah Corrigan (Fairfax, Vt.) received a yellow card. With the man-advantage, Clark was able to add her second goal and give Wheelock a 4-0 lead.
Just under 22 minutes to go in the half, the Wildcats leading scorer finally made her mark on the game. Junior Colleen Macdonald (Sandwich, Mass.) scored back-to-back goals to give Wheelock a six-goal lead. MacDonald would score five goals on the afternoon to lead the way for the Wildcats. After two more goals scored by Alexah Mellis (East Longmeadow, Mass) and Eppolito, the Mariners finally got on the board. Kate McCormack (Narragansett, R.I.) took a free position shot that made it past the Wildcats' goalie Erin Sior (Shrewsbury, Mass.) to bring the score to 8-1. McCormack would score two minutes later for her second goal. The half would end with Wheelock leading 12-2.
Wheelock started the second half in the same fashion they started the game. Under two minutes into the half, sophomore Katelyn Dickson (Dracut, Mass.) scored her second goal of the game off a pass from senior Katie Frade (Dartmouth, Mass.). Two minutes later, Frade would get herself a goal when she picked up a ground ball and shot the ball that found the back of the net. Frade scored three goals on the afternoon. Genevieve Dyer (Chebeague Island, Maine) scored her first career goal with just over 20 minutes left in the game. The Wildcats also received a goal from junior Georgia Schindele (Sparkill, N.Y.) with just over 16 minutes to play, assisted by Dickson. The Mariners scored their third goal of the afternoon when McCormack connected with a streaking Lindsey Fairbank (Newington, Conn.). The Wildcats would end the game with a goal from Frade to give the a 20-3 victory.
The Wheelock goalie Sior faced eight shots on goal and allowing three goals, while the Mariners goalie faced 26 shots on goal with six saves.
Who Stood Out: The Wildcats had a team effort with eight players scoring including six with multiple goals. Macdonald led Wheelock with five goals and one assist with Frade and Eppolito adding three goals apiece.
What It Means: Wheelock opened NECC play with a win to give them a share of first place. The Mariners dropped to 1-1 in the NECC.
Up Next: The Wildcats host Regis College in a non-conference battle on Thursday night at Winsor Field (7:00 p.m.).