FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

March 26, 2016

 

BRADLEY KEYS SECOND HALF SURGE
AS RIC RACES PAST BECKER, 12-6

Providence, R.I.—Rhode Island College freshman attacker Tess Bradley (Tiverton, RI) scored five goals, all in the second half, as Rhode Island College outscored Becker, 6-2, in the second half to defeat the Hawks, 12-6, at the RIC Lacrosse Field on Saturday afternoon.

 

The Anchorwomen (3-2) scored just two minutes into the first half when junior midfielder Betsy Heidel (Warwick, RI) netted an unassisted marker. Heidel set up sophomore midfielder Toni Montanaro (Cranston, RI) at 8:24 to put the hosts up, 2-0.

 

Becker (1-7) senior attacker Kailee Ruyack (Beacon, NY) was set up by classmate midfielder Victoria Belcher (Seekonk, MA) a minute later to pull the visitors within one, 2-1.

 

RIC answered back with back-to-back strikes by freshman attacker Alison Nolan (Topsham, ME) to give the hosts a three-goal, 4-1, advantage, but the Hawks ripped off three straight to tie the game with 2:26 left in the opening half. Ruyack scored twice during the run to go along with senior midfielder Rachel Welling’s (Charlestown, NH) goal. Heidel scored on a free position shot to send the Anchorwomen into halftime with a one-goal, 5-4, lead.

 

 

 Freshman goalie Julia Eaton

 

Welling helped the visitors tie the game, 5-5, at 31:03 in the second half, but the Anchorwomen responded with six straight goals to pull away for the win. Bradley had two unassisted strikes, two free position goals and was set up by sophomore attacker Allison Smedberg (Cranston, RI).

 

BC freshman attacker Jocelyn Lebel (Grafton, MA) scored with just over two minutes remaining before sophomore defender Adrianna Costa (Providence, RI) moved up from defense to score the contest’s final marker.

 

RIC freshman goalie Julia Eaton (Cumberland, RI) made 16 saves to earn the win (3-2), while Becker freshman netminder Nikolle Storey (Cumberland, ME) turned away 11 shots in a losing effort (1-5).

 

It was a physical contest that saw 10 yellow cards issued, five on each club. The Hawks held the advantage in shots, 29-27, and ground balls, 31-24. RIC led in draw controls, 12-8.

 

Bradley finished with five goals to go along with two ground balls, two draw controls and a pair of caused turnovers. Nolan finished with three goals and two ground balls. Heidel compiled two goals and two assists for four points to go along with three draw controls. Sophomore defender Alasondra Apici (Providence, RI) finished with a team-high five ground balls.

 

Ruyack led the way for Becker with three goals, four ground balls and three caused turnovers. Welling contributed two goals, three ground balls and four caused turnovers. Sophomore attacker Meghan Bealka (Freetown, MA) picked up a game-high six ground balls.

 

In upcoming action, Rhode Island College will play at Salve Regina on Thursday, March 31 (7 p.m.).

 

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