October 30, 2013



Providence, R.I.- Sophomore midfielder Camila Costa (Pawtucket, RI) scored the team’s only goal as Rhode Island College lost to Lasell, 3-1, in the Anchorwomen’s final home game of the season played at the RIC Soccer Field on Wednesday afternoon.


RIC (5-10-1) put some pressure on the Lasers (14-3-1) in the first few minutes, forcing junior goalkeeper Leah Pappalardo (Whitman, MA) to make three saves. The visitors swung the momentum in their favor, however, beginning with a shot by sophomore defender Sarah Jones (Duxbury, MA) that rang off the crossbar.


In the 24th minute, freshman midfielder MacKenzie Kingman (East Bridgewater, MA) had her shot attempt blocked, but LC junior forward Kayla Lynch (Dover, NH) collected the ball and banged home a shot that eluded RIC junior goalkeeper Audrey Maia (Norton, MA).



 Sophomore midfielder Camila Costa


In the 31st minute, Lynch struck again for her second of the game and 10th of the season after senior midfielder Melissa Leonard (North Brookfield, MA) drove a corner kick into the box that Lynch chipped past Maia. 


The Anchorwomen cut their deficit in half with just over five minutes left in the first half after freshman midfielder Jaclyn Greenman (Waterford, CT) set up Costa with a beautiful crossing pass from across the field that Costa punched in from the right post. It was Costa’s first goal of the year.


The Lasers went into halftime holding a 2-1 lead and a 10-6 advantage in shots.


The second half proved to be a stalemate as neither club was able to find the back of the net for the first 35 minutes. Junior forward Bridget Lynch (Dover, NH), one of the top goal scorers in the nation, struck for her 28th tally of the season in the 81st minute to give Lasell an important insurance marker. Sophomore midfielder Bridget Munnelly (Bellingham, MA) set up the goal after stripping a RIC defender just outside the box.


The visitors once again outshot their hosts, 13-6, over the final 45 minutes to finish the game holding an 11-shot advantage, 23-12. LC also took one more corner, 6-5, than RIC.


Maia made nine saves in a losing effort (5-10-1). Pappalardo turned away nine Anchorwomen offerings to earn her 11th (11-3) win.


In upcoming action, Rhode Island College will close out the 2013 season at UMass Boston on Saturday, Nov. 2 (1 p.m.).