March 23, 2014



Chicopee, Mass.-Rhode Island College used six goals from junior attacker Jessica Ricci (Hope, RI) and four goals from senior midfielder Jessalyn O’Neill (North Providence, RI) to help lift the Anchorwomen to an 18-3 victory over the Blazers in Sunday afternoon’s non-conference women’s lacrosse game at Leary Field.


With the loss, Elms moves to 1-4 on the season, while Rhode Island improves to 2-1 overall. It was the second consecutive victory for the Anchorwomen.


Rhode Island struck for 12 goals in the first half behind five goals from Ricci and two each from O’Neill and junior attacker Danielle Landon (Wading River, NY) to highlight the Anchorwomen’s offensive surge.


Elms netted its lone goal of the first 30 minutes when sophomore attacker Jillian Pirog (Ludlow, MA) found the back of the net with 19:52 to play to set the score at 4-1. Rhode Island answered with eight straight scores to post a 12-1 cushion at intermission.



 Junior attacker Jessica Ricci


The Anchorwomen added to their led with five consecutive markers including two from O’Neill, and one each from Ricci, senior attacker Ashley Appel (Foxboro, MA) and junior midfielder Harmony Tillison (Cranston, RI) to set the score at 17-1 with 9:59 to play.


Blazers’ junior attacker Lauren Mazza (Agawam, MA) fired in a goal with 5:10 to play, and following a Rhode Island score by freshman attacker Betsy Heidel (Warwick, RI), Elms’ freshman defender Kathleen Tuechler (Farmingdale, NY) netted a goal on a great feed from sophomore attacker Ashley Cava (Wilbraham, MA) with 30 seconds left to set the final score to 18-3.


Sophomore defender Ashley Alardi (North Providence, RI) led the Anchorwomen with five groundballs, while senior defender Sophie Kanno (Cranston, RI) and O’Neill added four each. Landon notched five draw controls and four assists, while Ricci added two helpers in the win.


Senior goalkeeper Taryn Carbone (Cranston, RI) made 12 saves including 10 in the first half to help seal the victory.


Tuechler and senior midfield Brianna Lyons (Canton, MA) registered six groundballs each while junior midfielder Kayla Narey (South Hadley, MA) picked up five and sophomore defender Melissa Welch (Westfield, MA) picked up four.


Narey added four draw controls, while freshman net-minder Sabrina Pereira (South Windsor, CT) made two saves second half action between the pipes for the Blazers. Elms College sophomore goalkeeper Sarah Carpenter (Vernon, CT) turned away eight shots.


In upcoming action, Rhode Island College will play at Framingham State on Tuesday, March 25 (4 p.m.).