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 13-11.
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.