March 23, 2016



Providence, R.I.-Rhode Island College freshman attacker Alison Nolan (Topsham, ME) netted a hat-trick in the second half as the Anchorwomen’s furious rally fell short, falling to Wheelock, 8-6, in women’s lacrosse action on Wednesday night.


The Wildcats (3-2) jumped out to a quick lead, with sophomore attacker Molly Brennan (Walpole, NH) scoring off a feed from senior attacker Emma Marrs (Old Lyme, CT) just 2:57 into the first half. Wheelock extended its advantage, scoring off a free position shot from freshman midfielder Georgia Schindele (Sparkill, NY) with 20:19 remaining.


The Wildcats went up three goals on a Marrs tally before RIC (2-2) junior midfielder Betsy Heidel (Warwick, RI) got the Anchorwomen on the board at the 14:12 mark of the half. Marrs continued to be a thorn in the side of the Anchorwomen, scoring one goal and assisting on the other to send the hosts into the halftime break with a convincing, 5-1, lead.


RIC freshman goalkeeper Julia Eaton (Cumberland, RI) turned aside four shots in the half, while her counterpart, junior Meghan Lewis (South Berwick, ME), stopped nine in the stanza.


The Anchorwomen began their rally quickly in the second half, with Nolan potting a pair of unassisted goals in the opening 1:23 of the half to cut the deficit down to two, 5-3.



 Freshman attacker Alison Nolan


Marrs was able to up the Wheelock advantage with her third goal of the contest seven minutes into the half before being answered by a goal from RIC freshman attacker Tess Bradley (Tiverton, RI) just 1:22 later. Brennan tacked on another goal for the Wildcats off a feed from Marrs, but unassisted goals by Nolan and Bradley cut the deficit down to one, 7-6, with 8:34 remaining in regulation. The Anchorwomen’s rally came up short, however, with an insurance tally by Schindele with 2:00 minutes remaining in the contest giving the game its 8-6 final.


Eaton (2-2) stopped nine shots in the loss, while Lewis (3-2) turned aside 10 in the victory. RIC held a 10-6 advantage in draw controls with Wheelock posting a 27-22 edge in ground balls for the game. Nolan led the RIC attack with three goals with Bradley (2g) and Heidel (1g) also scoring.


Marrs scored three goals and chipped in three assists for six points on the evening with Brennan and Schindele each scoring two goals for the Wildcats.


In upcoming action, Rhode Island College will host Becker on Saturday, March 26 (1 p.m.).