April 10, 2014



Providence, R.I.-Junior attackers Danielle Landon (Wading River, NY) and Jessica Ricci (Hope, RI) combined for eight goals on the day, but the Rhode Island College women’s lacrosse team fell to Worcester State, 16-9, on Thursday night at the RIC Lacrosse Field in non-conference action.


Rhode Island College (4-4) jumped out to an early, 2-0, lead, keyed by a pair of goals from Ricci in the opening minute. After Ricci and Landon struck for back-to-back tallies to make it, 4-0, with 22:40 left to play in the half, Worcester State (5-3) responded with six consecutive goals to take a 6-4 lead over the hosts. Sophomore attacker Kaila Chase (Northbridge, MA) posted a pair of goals during that span and capped off the rally with a score at the 6:43 mark.


Landon helped RIC bounce back with a goal at the 4:26 mark, but the Lancers answered back with a pair of scores, including one from Chase with just 57 seconds remaining in the frame, to take an 8-5 lead. The Anchorwomen, however, managed to head into the break trailing by just one after Ricci and junior midfielder Harmony Tillison (Cranston, RI) tallied back-to-back scores in the final 30 seconds of the stanza. 



 Sophomore defender Ashley Alardi


Keyed by a pair of goals from freshman attacker Alaina Martin (East Longmeadow, MA), Worcester State picked up the pace in the second half and eventually outscored Rhode Island College, 8-2, through in the final 30 minutes of action to run away with the, 16-9, lead.


Chase led the Lancers with four goals and one assist on the night, while Martin chipped in with three goals, four ground balls and two caused turnovers. Sophomore center Jackie Connors (Ashland, MA) contributed three goals, two assists, four ground balls and a team-high four draw controls. Junior defender Angela Grassetti (Feeding Hills, MA) was solid as well, as she notched two goals, two assists, three ground balls, three draw controls and three caused turnovers.


Landon added one assist, two ground balls, two draw controls and two caused turnovers on the evening for RIC, while Ricci chipped in with three ground balls. Senior midfielder Jessalyn O’Neill (North Providence, RI) dished out three assists and chalked up a team-high five draw controls and a team-high three caused turnovers. Sophomore defender Ashley Alardi (North Providence, RI) handed out her first career assists and corralled a team-high six ground balls.


RIC senior goalkeeper Taryn Carbone (Cranston, RI) recorded 10 saves in the loss (3-4), while freshman goalkeeper Lea Robichaud (Holden, MA) registered eight saves in the win (5-3) for WSU.


Worcester State outshot Rhode Island College, 36-30, on the night and held a 38-30 advantage in ground balls. The Anchorwomen, however, committed just 23 turnovers, compared to 29 turnovers for the Lancers.


In upcoming action, Rhode Island College will resume Little East Conference play at home against Keene State on Saturday, April 12 (1 p.m.).