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April 25, 2012

 

DROLETíS CAREER-HIGH HELPS ANCHORWOMEN CLINCH BERTH IN UPCOMING LITTLE EAST TOURNAMENT
Four-Year, 22-Game LEC Losing Streak Comes to an End

Providence, R.I.-Senior attacker Nicky Drolet (Somersworth, NH) tallied a career-high eight goals and 10 points on Senior Night as the Rhode Island College womenís lacrosse team knocked off UMass Dartmouth, 19-11, in Little East Conference action on Wednesday played at the RIC Lacrosse Field.

 

Rhode Island College improves to 4-9 overall and 1-4 in the Little East, while UMass Dartmouth falls to 5-11 overall and 0-5 in the LEC. 

 

The win marks the programís first Little East Conference victory since April 12, 2008, when the Anchorwomen topped Plymouth State, 16-15. As a result, the Anchorwomen clinch the sixth and final seed, which results in a road game in the upcoming 2012 Little East Conference Womenís Lacrosse Tournament on Tuesday, May 1. It will be the first LEC Tournament appearance for RIC since 2008. UMass Dartmouth will end its season in the regular season finale on Saturday.

 

 

 Senior attacker Nicky Drolet

 

The 19 goals scored by RIC were the most since March 27, 2010, when the Anchorwomen posted 20 goals against Sage College.

 

After jumping out to a 12-3 lead at halftime, the Anchorwomen nearly watched their advantage disappear. Drolet came out of the break with a goal 13 seconds into the second half, but the Corsairs responded with five consecutive goals to make it, 13-8.

 

Drolet answered with a goal of her own at the 18:40 mark, but watched as UMD responded with back-to-back goals to cut the deficit to just five. However, RIC bounced back with five of the final six goals to put away the Corsairs for good.

 

The Anchorwomen outshot the Corsairs, 50-22, while also holding a definitive, 35-20, advantage in ground balls. UMD also committed 26 turnovers, compared to just 15 for RIC.

 

 

 Senior midfielder Jenna Childs

 

Freshman attacker Jessica Ricci (Hope, RI) notched five goals and an assist for six points.

 

Senior attacker Molly Voyer (Lincoln, RI) totaled two goals and two assists, while sophomore attacker Ashley Signoriello (Cranston, RI) netted a pair of goals to go along with an assists as well. Sophomore midfielder Jessalyn OíNeill (North Providence, RI) posted a pair of goals, while senior midfielder Jenna Childs (Cranston, RI) registered an assist.

 

Childs led the Anchorwomen with six draw controls and seven ground balls, while freshman defender Danielle Landon (Wading River, NY) led the team with four caused turnovers.

 

 

 Junior midfielder Courtney McKiernan

 

Junior midfielder Denise Gates (Feeding Hills, MA) led the Corsairs with five goals and five assists, while sophomore midfielder Taylor Corsano (Bourne, MA) recorded four goals and an assist. Junior defender Selina Houghton (Billerica, MA) hauled in a game-high seven draw controls in the loss.

 

Sophomore goalkeeper Taryn Carbone (Cranston, RI) improved her record to 4-9 on the year with the win, making seven saves along the way.

 

 

 Senior attacker Molly Voyer

 

Junior goalkeeper Angelina Donovan (Medford, MA) drops to 5-11 on the year with the loss. She made 21 saves and corralled a team-high eight ground balls.

 

Wednesday nightís contest marks the final home game for RICís seniors: Drolet, Voyer, Childs and midfielder Courtney McKiernan (Hope, RI).

 

In upcoming action, Rhode Island College wraps up the regular season with a trip to Plymouth State on Saturday, April 28 (3 p.m.).

 

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