March 24, 2011


Voyer & Drolet Each Score Twice in Defeat

Providence, RI-The Rhode Island College women’s lacrosse team came tantalizingly close to its first 3-0 start since 2005, but squandered a late two-goal lead and fell to Lasell, 10-9, in the home opener for the Anchorwomen on Thursday afternoon.


The Lasers (2-3) broke a 9-9 deadlock with just five seconds left in regulation.  Coming out of a whistle from behind the net with 10 seconds remaining, junior midfielder Chelsea Caren (Redding, CT) wrapped around the back of the cage and fired the game-winner across the mask of RIC (2-1) freshman goalie Taryn Carbone (Cranston, RI). Caren had threatened to score many times on the afternoon, but had not connected prior to the game's ultimate tally.


RIC junior attacker Nicky Drolet (Somersworth, NH) fired what could have been the go-ahead marker off the post with just over 2:30 minutes left.



 Junior attacker Nicky Drolet


Lasell started and finished the game with runs of three goals apiece. The Lasers ran up a three-goal lead in just 3:45 to start the day. They later scored the game's final three goals over the final 10:49 to overcome a 9-7 deficit.


Prior to the Lasers' closing run, the Anchorwomen had scored five consecutive goals, and six of the second half's first seven, flipping what had been a 6-3 halftime deficit. Drolet bookended the run scoring a pair of goals just over 14 minutes apart, with 26:02 and 11:56 remaining, respectively.  The former goal brought the Anchorwomen to within two goals at 7-5, while the latter gave them their only two-goal advantage of the day. Junior defender Jenna Childs (Cranston, RI) scored with exactly 15 minutes remaining to give the Anchorwomen their first lead of the game at 8-7.



 Junior defender Jenna Childs


After allowing the game's first three goals, the Anchorwomen found themselves playing from behind, but did not allow the Lasers to further the lead at any point during the contest. Both teams traded goals back and forth over an eight-goal sequence spanning over 25 minutes of clock time. During that stretch, the Anchorwomen gained momentum, setting the stage for their quick comeback.


Rhode Island College junior attacker Molly Voyer (Lincoln, RI) joined Drolet with a team-high two goals, including a game-tying free position shot with 16:47 remaining. Seven Anchorwomen scored at least once. The Lasers were led by freshman attacker Brittney Wuorio (Bolton, MA) who scored three times, all in the first half.


The Anchorwomen outshot the Lasers, 32-25. Senior goalkeeper Kristin Coderre (Monson, MA) made 15 saves for Lasell, while Carbone made nine stops for RIC.  LC sophomore midfielder Ashley Slattery (Weymouth, MA) contributed two goals, five ground balls and three draw controls


The game was memorable for its snowy conditions, which decorated the sky for most of the second half. Despite the strong visual, nothing accumulated on the playing surface and weather did not appear to adversely impact either squad.


In upcoming action, Rhode Island College will host Framingham State on Tuesday, March 29 (6 p.m.)