April 25, 2012
Wellesley Lacrosse Down Smith to Advance to NEWMAC Semis
WELLESLEY, Mass. -- The Wellesley College
lacrosse team used a late first half run, en route to a 19-14
victory over Smith College in the opening round of the New England
Women's and Men's Conference tournament on Wednesday afternoon at
Wellesley. The fourth-seeded Blue, now 6-10, advance to the
NEWMAC semifinals on Saturday, April 28, at 12pm, when they travel
to Babson to face the hosts in the NEWMAC semifinals. The
fifth-seeded Pioneers finish their season at 9-13.
Trailing 6-4 midway through the first half, Wellesley closed out
the stanza with eight unanswered goals to take over the game. The
first half advantage proved to be the difference maker, as Smith
held a slight 8-7 edge in the second half scoring. The Blue will
now look ahead to Saturday's semifinal, a rematch of the tightly
contested regular season finale in which Babson topped Wellesley
Smith grabbed a 1-0 lead in the opening seconds of play with a
goal from Mckenzie Hessel. Wellesley tied the score at 1-1 less
than a minute later as Brit Mscisz found the back of net with an
assist from Nathalie Gruet. The Pioneers followed with a 4-1 run
over the next 10 minutes, including goals from Becky Bracken,
Meaghan Fileti, Mk Pasini, and Sofia Nakhnikian-Weintraub, to take
a 5-2 advantage with 19:00 remaining on the clock.
The remainder of the period belonged to Wellesley.
Back-to-back goals from Gruet and Meredith Roy trimmed the lead to
5-4 at the 15-minute mark. Two minutes later an unassisted point
from Rachel Hanscom sparked the 8-0 run for the Blue, including two
more goals from Hanscom, two each from Meredith Roy and Allison
Robbins, and a second score from Mscisz, giving Wellesley a 12-6
lead at the break.
Smith trimmed the lead to 15-11 in the opening minutes of
second half, with two more goals from Pasini, another from Hessel,
and one each from Jenny Estes and Jessica Lillquist. But the
Pioneers could get no closer as Wellesley scored four of the next
five goals, taking a 19-12 advantage with 8:11 on the clock. The
Pioneers added two more goals in the closing minutes of the game,
but the Blue held on for the 19-14 win.
Wellesley's offense dominated the contest, outshooting the
Pioneers, 46-26. Smith did hold a 20-15 edge in draw controls, but
17 turnovers from the Pioneers, including 10 in the first half,
erased any advantage.
Between the pipes, Wellesley's Tya Logan earned the victory, her
fifth of the season, making nine saves. Smith's Alina Pechacek came
away with 15 saves, facing 46 shots from the Blue.
Pasini and Fileti led the Pioneers offensively with three
goals each. Hessel added two goals, an assist, and five draw
controls. Braken netted two, while grabbing three ground balls and
seven draw controls. Lillquist added two goals, two ground balls,
and five draw controls.
For the Blue, Hanscom tallied seven points on four goals and
three assists, while Roy tallied six points on five goals and one
assist to go along with four draw controls. Mscisz recorded six
points as well, with three goals and three assists. Gruet and
Robbins chipped in two goals each. Gruet also grabbed five ground
balls, while Robbins snagged three, along with four draw
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