March 27, 2008




PROVIDENCE, R.I.- The Rhode Island College women’s lacrosse team suffered their third loss of the season, falling, 17-5, to Roger Williams Thursday afternoon at the RIC Lacrosse Field.


Roger Williams (5-1) jumped all over the Anchorwomen (0-3) after the opening draw, scoring 15 seconds into the contest on senior attack Kara Smolca’s (Gaithersburg, MD) tally. The Hawks did not let up, opening up a 10-0 advantage through the first 23:30. The Anchorwomen finally stopped the offensive onslaught as senior midfielder Sydney Culbertson (North Kingstown, RI) and classmate attack Sherri Heard (Coventry, RI) scored at 4:22 and 1:26, respectively. Roger Williams wouldn’t be held down as freshman midfielder Claire Halliday (Trenton, NJ) and senior midfielder Kary Rodgers (Brookfield, CT) each recorded their second goal of the half with 38 and 14 seconds left in the half, respectively, as RWU took a 13-2 lead into intermission.


The second half offered no relief to Rhode Island College as Roger Williams tallied four straight times. Culbertson scored twice and freshman attack Suany Almonte (Warwick, RI) added a marker of her own over the final 23 minutes to close out the game’s scoring.


Roger Williams outshot the Anchorwomen, 33-10. Eleven different Hawks registered at least one point, led by Rodgers (2-2-4) and junior midfielder Jackie Criss (Westwood, MA) (1-3-4) with four points apiece. Sophomore attack Natasha Billie’s (Pt. Pleasant, NJ) led RWU with a hat trick. Sophomore attack Kasey Beckwith (Franklin, CT) led all players with seven draw controls.


Hawks’ sophomore goalkeeper Amanda Magee (Columbus, NJ) made three saves to earn her fifth (5-1) win of the season. Her counterpart, RIC freshman Hilary Switzer (Woonsocket, RI) suffered her third (0-3) loss in a 10-save performance.


Culbertson led RIC with three goals.


In upcoming action, Rhode Island College will play at Salve Regina on Monday, Mar. 31 at 4 p.m.