March 30, 2013



Providence, R.I.-Junior attacker Erin Conn (Moriches, NY) finished with three goals and two assists for five points as Eastern Connecticut topped Rhode Island College, 17-6, in Little East Conference women’s lacrosse action on Saturday afternoon.


Eastern (3-4, 1-0 LEC) senior midfielder Daniela Marchitto (Orange, CT) and junior midfielder Taylor Shannon (Waterford, CT) finished with four and two goals, respectively. Conn also finished with a game-high eight draw controls. Junior attacker Christine Lillis (Waterford, CT) and senior midfielder Taylor Buchanan (Ellington, CT) chipped in with two goals apiece.


Sophomore attacker Danielle Landon (Wading River, NY) contributed two goals, while junior attacker Ashley Signoriello (Cranston, RI) pitched in with a goal and an assist for two points, for the Anchorwomen (2-3, 0-1 LEC).


Eastern opened the game with four straight goals as Lillis and Conn punched in unassisted tallies, which were followed by free position goals from Marchitto and Shannon.



 Junior goalkeeper Taryn Carbone


RIC junior midfielder Jessalyn O’Neill (North Providence, RI) and Signoriello scored to make it 4-2 with 15:41 left in the first half, but Conn and Shannon answered back over the next eight minutes to give the visitors a 6-2 lead. Landon scored on a setup from sophomore attacker Jessica Ricci (Hope, RI) with 39 seconds left to send the hosts into halftime down by three, 6-3.


The Warriors outshot RIC, 19-5, over the first 30 minutes.


The Anchorwomen trimmed their deficit to three, 6-3, 31 seconds into the second half as sophomore midfielder Harmony Tillison (Cranston, RI) scored on a free position shot.


Eastern rattled off the next eight goals and never looked back en route to the win. Marchitto and Buchanan each scored two in the second stanza. Ricci and Landon found the back of the net for the hosts.


Junior goalkeeper Haley Heslin (Hartford, CT) made four saves and earned the win (3-4). Freshman netminder Hannah Keiser (Danbury, CT) came on for the final 21 minutes of action and also made four stops.


RIC junior goalkeeper Taryn Carbone (Cranston, RI) made a career-high 21 saves and corralled a team-high five ground balls.


Eastern held the advantage in shots, 45-20, but the Anchorwomen picked up 10 more ground balls, 23-13. Both teams combined for 67 fouls (ECSU: 34; RIC: 33). RIC turned the ball over 24 times, while the Warriors surrendered possession 20 times. The Warriors scored six free position goals on 14 attempts.


In upcoming action, Rhode Island College will host Wheelock on Tuesday, April 2 (4 p.m.).