April 28, 2012



RIC Readies for Eastern Connecticut in Upcoming LEC Tournament

Providence, R.I.-Senior attacker Nicky Drolet (Somersworth, NH) and freshman attacker Jessica Ricci (Hope, RI) each finished with three goals as the Rhode Island College women’s lacrosse team fell to Plymouth State, 19-8, in the regular season finale played at Arold Field on Saturday.


Despite the season-ending loss to Plymouth State (13-1, 6-0 LEC), Rhode Island College (4-10, 1-5 LEC) will compete in its first Little East Conference Tournament since 2008, as the sixth-seeded Anchorwomen head to Willimantic, Conn. to face third-seeded Eastern Connecticut in the quarterfinals on Tuesday, May 1. RIC lost to the Warriors, 14-7, in the two teams’ lone regular season meeting on March 31.


Top-seeded PSU receives a first-round bye in next week’s LEC Tournament, and will host a semifinal contest, against an opponent to be determined, next Friday, May 4.



 Freshman attacker Jessica Ricci


The Panthers stormed out to a four-goal lead in the first 10 minutes of action, before senior attacker Molly Voyer (Lincoln, RI) put RIC on the board with a goal at the 17:42 mark to make it, 4-1. However, PSU bounced back with three more scores, which included back-to-back goals from freshman attacker Meghan McNabb (Lexington, MA), to take a 7-1 lead.


Drolet kept the Anchorwomen in the game with two straight first half scores to pull RIC within four, but the Panthers again rattled off four consecutive goals to take a commanding lead, and eventually went into the intermission on top, 12-4.


The Panthers roared out of the halftime break with seven straight goals to take a decisive, 19-4, lead with a little over 10 minutes remaining in the game. The Anchorwomen tallied four goals in the final five minutes to round out the scoring, falling, 19-8, to the Panthers, who have now won 13 in a row.


Aside from the hat tricks from Drolet and Ricci, Voyer finished with two goals to help bolster RIC’s offense. Sophomore Ashley Signoriello (Cranston, RI) registered an assist, three ground balls and a team-high five draw controls.


McNabb posted a game-high five goals, while freshman attackers Amy MacDonald (Hull, MA) and Shannon Connerty (Nashua, NH) finished with four goals each to lead PSU. Sophomore attacker MeKenna Bay (Maracaibo, Venezuela) notched three goals as well, while junior midfielder Amanda Richardson (Bradford, NH) added a pair of scores.


Sophomore Taryn Carbone (Cranston, RI) tallied six saves in the loss and falls to 4-10 on the year. Sophomore goalkeeper Lorin Field (Hollis, NH) recorded 10 saves and improves to 13-1 with the win.