Anchorwomen Drop Home Opener, 14-5

 PROVIDENCE, R.I.- The Rhode Island College women’s lacrosse team could not overcome an early deficit this afternoon, falling to Westfield State College, 14-5. The Owls improve their record to 1-1, while the Anchorwomen slip to 0-2 on the young season.

             Senior attacker Sherri Heard (Coventry, R.I.) and senior midfielder Sydney Culbertson (North Kingstown, R.I.) paced the Rhode Island College attack with two points each. Heard tallied a pair of goals, while Culbertson added a marker and an assist. Sophomore attacker Emily Conte (North Providence, R.I.) and classmate midfielder Meridith Darby (Middletown, R.I.) each recorded their first goals of the campaign.

             Westfield State featured a well-balanced attack as seven student-athletes recorded multiple points, led by freshman midfielder Rachel Dionne (Feeding Hill, Mass.). Dionne posted her first collegiate hat trick, while classmate midfielder Laura Chiricosta (Lexington, Mass) also turned in a three-point effort with two goals and an assist.

             The Owls cracked the scoring column early and often, putting the contest out of reach in the first 16 minutes of regulation with six unanswered goals. Dionne keyed the surge with three tallies, while Chiricosta added a goal and an assist.  

             Rhode Island College briefly halted the visitors’ run at the 13:48 mark, when Darby cashed in on a free-position goal. Westfield State senior attacker Kasey Rogers (West Springfield, Mass.) and freshman midfielder Alex Hudyka (East Longmeadow, Mass.) each found the back of the net to stretch Owls’ advantage to seven, while Conte sent the Anchorwomen into the intermission trailing, 8-2.

 Westfield State continued to apply the offensive pressure in the second stanza, not allowing its lead to dip below six goals. Heard scored back-to-back tallies to cut the Anchorwomen deficit to 11-5, but the Owls tacked on three insurance markers to seal their first win of the season.

             Freshman goalkeeper Gina Simonetti (Bellingham, Mass.) earned her first victory of the season, reaching double figures in saves with 13, while her counterpart freshman Hilary Switzer (Woonsocket, R.I.) registered five saves.

             Rhode Island College returns to action at 4 p.m. on March 27, when the Anchorwomen host intra-state rival Roger Williams.