March 18, 2014



Middletown, R.I.-Despite junior attacker Danielle Landonís (Wading River, NY) four-goal outing, the Rhode Island College womenís lacrosse team fell in its season-opener against Salve Regina, 18-9, on Tuesday afternoon at Gaudet Field in non-conference action.


Landon also dished out an assist and corralled a team-high four draw controls for Rhode Island College (0-1), while senior midfielder Jessalyn OíNeill (North Providence, RI) added two goals and an assist to go along with three ground balls, two caused turnovers and a draw control in her 2014 season debut.


Salve Regina (3-3) jumped ahead of the Anchorwomen, 3-0, early in the first half before a goal from OíNeill put RIC on the scoreboard at the 20:37 mark. The Seahawks went on to rattle off five straight goals over the next nine minutes, capped off by junior midfielder Gina Tortoriciís (Deer Park, NY) free position goal with 8:34 left in the frame, before the Anchorwomen responded to score four of the next five goals to head into halftime trailing by just four, 9-5.



 Junior Danielle Landon


Keyed by a pair of goals from senior midfielder Grace Kelly (Auburn, NY), Salve scored the first four goals of the second half to pull away from the visitors, 13-5, with 26:55 remaining in the contest. The Seahawks soon led by as many as 11 before the Anchorwomen chalked up three of the last four tallies of the game to account for the nine-goal deficit.


Junior midfielder Harmony Tillison (Cranston, RI) racked up a pair of goals and a pair of ground balls for RIC, while junior attacker Jessica Ricci (Hope, RI) tacked on a goal, two assists, two ground balls and two caused turnovers.


Sophomore defender Ashley Alardi (North Providence, RI) registered a team-high three caused turnovers for the Anchorwomen.


 Senior goalkeeper Josephine OíReilly (Middletown, RI) stopped five shots in the win (3-3) for Salve Regina, while senior goalkeeper Taryn Carbone (Cranston, RI) made 10 saves and recorded a team-high four ground balls in a losing effort (0-1) on the other end.  


In upcoming action, Rhode Island College faces Johnson & Wales on Thursday, March 20 (4 p.m.).