October 26, 2010


Smith Nets Two Late in Second Half to Force OT

Providence, RI-Senior goalkeeper Maddie Pirri (Bristol, RI) became the Rhode Island College womenís soccer programís all-time leader in career saves by making a career-best 26 stops as the Anchorwomen came back from a 3-0 first half deficit to eventually tie host Lasell, 4-4, in double overtime.


Pirri came into todayís action needing eight saves to equal Jessica Robitailleís (1997-00) all-time mark of 546. Thirteen first half stops assured the netminder of the record.



 Senior goalkeeper Maddie Pirri


The Lasers (10-3-3) pounded Pirri all afternoon, holding a 52-24 advantage in shots. Pirri, whose previous single game high for saves was 20, made 13 stops in the second half and the overtime periods. She now has 564 career saves.


RIC (9-4-1) junior forward Alexis Smith (Wakefield, RI) scored her third hat trick of the season, including goals in the 68th and 89th minutes to force extra time. Junior striker Ashley Choiniere (Hope, RI) picked up a goal and two assists.


Lasellís Jamie Harris scored two goals just under three minutes apart to give the Lasers a 2-0 advantage by the 23rd minute. Sam Peck closed out the half with a marker with 3:21 left in the first frame. 


Smith put the visitors on the board 8:16 into the second half, only to see Harris pick up a hat trick of her own with her third goal 3:12 later in the 57th minute. The resilient Anchorwomen answered right back as sophomore Libby Lazar (Wakefield, RI) set up a Choiniere marker 14 seconds later.



 Junior forward Alexis Smith


Smith pulled RIC within one, 4-3, in the 68th minute from a Choiniere set up and the duo struck again with 1:41 left in regulation to force overtime.


In addition to Pirri, Smith and Choiniere continue to push the RIC single season record envelope. After breaking the record for single season points (35) a week ago, Smith currently has a two-point (44) advantage over her classmate (42). Choiniere added to her season assist mark, which stands at 14, while Smith added to her goals record (17).


In upcoming action, the Anchorwomen will close out the regular season with a critical Little East Conference game at home against UMass Boston on Saturday, Oct. 30. The game will have a significant impact on seeding in the upcoming LEC Tournament. Pirri and senior defender Alicia Lardaro (Peace Dale, RI) will be honored prior to the start of the game as part of Senior Day.