BOSTON, Mass. - Wheelock College Wildcats (8-5, NECC 6-1) women's lacrosse fell to the Elms College Blazers (8-8, NECC 7-0), in a NECC conference matchup, on Saturday evening.
HOW IT HAPPENED: Elms struck first when senior midfielder Jackie Soucia (Belchertown, Mass.) scored at 27:36 on an assist from Haley Roberts (Westfield, Mass.). The Blazers made it 2-0 when Haley Richards (Monson, Mass.) found the back of the net on an unassisted goal. However, the Wildcats struck back quickly when Ashley Eppolito (Nashua, N.H.) scored on a free position shot at 14:05. Then junior midfielder Colleen Macdonald (Sandwich, Mass.) scored an unassisted goal, with a man down, at 10:25 to tie the game at 2 apiece.
Elms would notch two more goals, by Richards and Vanessa Vurno (Salem, Conn.), before Wheelock went on the offensive attack. The Wildcats saw three back-to-back goals by Eppolito, Georgia Schindele (Sparkill, N.Y.), and Alexah Mellis (East Longmeadow, Mass.) to give Wheelock the 5-4 advantage at 5:06. Both teams would trade two more goals each before heading in to the half 7-6 Wheelock.
Blazers midfielder Haley Richard tied the game, just 23 seconds into the second half, off an assist from Jackie Soucia. Then Schindele connected with Mellis, on a deep pass up the right side of the field, to make it 8-7 Wheelock. Elms scored three more goals before Georgia Schindele scored 2 back-to-back, to tie the game up, 10-10 at 23:05.
Wheelock and Elms traded goals until the Blazers were able to pull away by taking the three goal lead at 14:30. The Wildcats fought back with a free position shot by Ashley Eppolito and Alexah Mellis to cut the lead to one, 15-14 Elms. Ultimately, the Blazer's defenders were too strong for the attacking Wildcats and Elms went on to seal the victory 17-14.
For the Blazers, Haley Richards notched 6 goals and 1 assist. Alecia Keesee (Westfield, Mass.) found the back of the net 4 times for Elms.
Wheelock's Erin Sior (Shrewsbury, Mass.) recorded an impressive 13 saves, while Emily Huber (Jefferson, Maine) had 11 saves on the day.
WHAT IT MEANS: Wheelock College (#2) and Elm College (#1) closed out the 2017-2018 season Saturday and await NECC playoff seeding.
WHAT'S NEXT: Wheelock is back in action on Thursday, May 3rd when they will host a NECC playoff matchup at 7 p.m. Also, Elms College will host a home NECC playoff game on Thursday, May 3rd.