FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

April 21, 2007

 

Rhode Island College Womenís Lacrosse Score Report

Providence, RI

 

TEAMS

1

2

 

FINAL SCORE

Western Connecticut  (1-11, 0-4)

7

3

 

10

Rhode Island College (3-6, 1-2)

5

7

 

12

 

Anchorwomen Earn 1st Conference Victory
Gavin Paces Attack With 8 Points

             Providence, RIóThe Rhode Island College women's lacrosse team earned its first Little East Conference victory of the campaign as the Anchorwomen edged Western Connecticut State University, 12-10, this afternoon at the Rhode Island College Lacrosse Complex. Senior attacker Caitlin Gavin (Portsmouth, RI) led the charge with seven goals and an assist as the hosts raise their overall record to 3-6 and 1-2 in the conference circuit.

 

             Rhode Island College registered its second-ever Little East Conference victory in the program's seven-year history.  Prior to today's win, the Anchorwomen outlasted Southern Maine, 5-4, in overtime on April 18, 2002.
 

             Junior midfielder Kerry McDevitt (Jamestown, RI) recorded four points, including a hat trick, while freshman classmates Emily Conte (North Providence, RI) and Christina Tavana (Middletown, CT) each found the back of the net.

 

 Despite a sluggish start and facing a five-goal deficit, Rhode Island College found its offensive rhythm in the final 10 minutes of the first frame. McDevitt got the Anchorwomen on track with her first of three tallies on the afternoon, while Gavin converted on a pair of free-position attempts to cut the deficit to two. Western Connecticut (1-11, 0-4) briefly disrupted the Rhode Island College's momentum with a score, but Gavin responded with her third goal of the half with just 50 seconds remaining to send the Anchorwomen into the intermission trailing, 7-5.

 

Rhode Island College scored six of the first seven goals of the second stanza to take the advantage for good. Gavin converted off a feed from junior defender Erin Duffy (North Dighton, MA) to start the surge, while McDevitt forged an eight-all tie with two straight scores. Gavin sandwiched a pair of markers between Tavana's seventh goal of the campaign to give the the Anchorwomen a three-goal advantage, 11-8.    

 
               Western Connecticut would not go down without a fight, as the visitors answered with consecutive scores to cut the deficit to one with six minutes and 24 seconds remaining in regulation. Gavin dashed all hopes of a Colonials' comeback as she sealed Rhode Island College's first conference victory with her team-leading 37th marker of the season with just over two minutes left on the clock. 

          

Western Connecticut was led by the balanced attack of junior midfielder Caitlin Everin (Glastonbury, CT), who netted a pair of goals and handed out two assists for four points. Senior attacker Taylor Moore (Hamden, CT) and freshman attacker Kara Kruczkiewicz (Brookfield, CT) each recorded three points for the visitors.

 

Between the pipes, Rhode Island College freshman Katie Kielbasinski (Windsor, CT) made 14 saves, including six in the second stanza, to earn her second straight victory and third on the campaign, while Western Connecticut freshman Angela Vargas (Stonington, CT) made 10 stops. 

 
             The Anchorwomen held a 45-40 edge in ground balls, while the Colonials outshot their hosts, 35-33, and controlled two more draws (13-11).

 

Rhode Island College returns to action at 6 p.m. on April 22, when the Anchorwomen host Little East Conference rival UMass Dartmouth.

 

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