Wildcats Punch Their Ticket to the NECC Championship

Wildcats Punch Their Ticket to the NECC Championship

BOSTON, Mass. - Wheelock College Wildcats (9-5, NECC 7-1) women's lacrosse defeated Southern Vermont College Mountaineers (7-9, NECC 5-3) 17-4, in second round NECC playoff action.

HOW IT HAPPENED: The Wildcats came out the gate strong when sophomore attacker Katelyn Dickson (Dracut, Mass.) scored on an un-assisted shot at 29:13, to give Wheelock the early lead. Wheelock made it 2-0 when Georgia Schindele (Sparkill, N.Y.) netted a gorgeous goal on an assist from Ashley Eppolito (Nashua, N.H.). Eppolito would make it 3-0 when she scored on an assist from senior midfielder Katie Frade (Darthmouth, Mass.) at 12:49. The Mountaineers were able to cut the lead to two when senior attacker Natalie Rose Canterbury (New Hartford, Conn.) found the back of the net at 6:01.

Wheelock saw three more goals by and Alexah Mellis (East Longmeadow, Mass.) (3:29), Georgia Schindele (Sparkill, N.Y.) (1:13), and Colleen Macdonald (Sandwich, Mass.) (0:37) before Southern Vermont's senior midfielder Stephany Ferreira (Shelton, Conn.) scored with only 5 seconds on the clock. Wheelock would head into the half leading 6-2.

The second half belonged to Wheelock, with the Wildcats outscoring the Mountaineers 11-2. Georgia Schindele and Ashely Eppolito both recorded three more goals each in the half. Mountaineer's Ferreira fought back with two goals of her own, but Wheelock's aggressive defenders held SVC's offensive attack.

Wheelock's strong performance was reflected in the final score, with the Wildcats winning 17-4.

WHO STOOD OUT:  Georgia Schindele had a yet another fantastic game with 5 goals and an assist. Ashley Eppolito recorded 4 goals and an assist, while Colleen Macdonald recorded 3 goals and an assist.

For the Mountaineers Stephany Ferreira notched 3 goals while Natalie Rose Canterbury recorded a goal on three shots.  

Erin Sior (Shrewsbury, Mass.) was truly impressive in net for the Wildcats with 9 saves on 13 shots. Kristina Goldup (Schuylerville, N.Y.) had 12 saves on 29 shots for Southern Vermont.­

WHAT IT MEANS: Wheelock College (#2) will face conference rival Elms College (#1), who defeated Newbury College (#4) 23-3 tonight, in the DIII New England Colligate Conference playoff championship. Southern Vermont College ends its season with a 7-9 overall record.

WHAT'S NEXT: Wheelock is back in action on Saturday, May 5th when they travel to Elms College for the DIII NECC Women's Lacrosse Championship (1:00 p.m. game time).