DANBURY, CT – Cuyler Rush (New Milford, CT) and Taylor Moore (Norwalk, CT) scored six goals apiece as the Western Connecticut State University women's lacrosse team captured its first win of the season behind an offensive explosion, 20-13 over Rhode Island College at The WAC Saturday afternoon.


WestConn's victory on Saturday clinched a berth into the Little East Conference Tournament which begins on Tuesday, May 2.


The Colonials, 1-12 and 1-4 in the Little East Conference, never trailed in the game after taking a 2-1 lead on a goal by Rush with 4:47 into the contest.  It was the highest goal output of the year for WestConn which had not scored more than nine goals in 12 losses prior to Saturday.


After a 2-2 tie, WestConn scored four unanswered goals to take a 6-2 lead on another Rush goal with 17:17 remaining in the first stanza.


Rhode Island College's goal-scoring machine Caitlin Gavin (Portsmouth, RI) netted eight goals on the afternoon for the Anchorwomen.  She now has 95 goals in 14 games in her third season.  At the start of the week, Gavin had scored 29 more goals than any other player in the Little East Conference.


The closest the Anchorwomen would get the rest of the way was 9-6 following a Marissa Kielbaskinski (Windsord, CT) goal with 4:44 elapsed in the second half.  They again drew within three goals when Gavin made it 11-8 with 21:06 remaining in the game.


Caitlin Everin (Glastonbury, CT) added four goals for the winners while Rachel Bolmer (Newtown, CT) and Jessica Majeski (Norwalk, CT) chipped a pair of goals each.


Melissa Reggio (Commack, NY) added three goals for the Anchorwomen.


Senior goalkeeper Melissa Perry (Danbury, CT), one of only two seniors who were honored prior to the start of the game, made17 saves on the afternoon.  Perry faced 44 shots on the day.  


Sydney Culbertson (North Kingstown, RI) made 12 saves for RIC.         


WestConn hosts Lasell College on Tuesday, April 25 at 4 p.m.  Rhode Island College, 2-12 and 0-5 in the league, travels to Eastern Connecticut next Saturday to wind up the season.