April 12, 2016



Chicopee, Mass.-Rhode Island College freshman attacker Tess Bradley (Tiverton, RI) netted six goals to lead the women’s lacrosse team to an 18-14 non-conference victory over Elms on Tuesday night.


Bradley got the Anchorwomen (4-5) on the board first when she notched an unassisted marker just 3:31 into the game. The Blazers (4-7) tied the game just 30 seconds later when sophomore midfielder Jackie Soucia (Belchertown, MA) netted an unassisted goal. The two teams would trade goals until the 20:34 mark of the half when sophomore attacker Erin Durigan (Cranston, RI) scored an unassisted goal to make the score 7-6 in RIC's advantage.


The Anchorwomen would score the next six goals, which included two each by Bradley and freshman attacker Alison Nolan (Topsham, ME), to send RIC into the halftime break with a 13-6 lead.





RIC freshman goalie Julia Eaton (Cumberland, RI) made eight saves in the half, while her counterpart, sophomore Octavia McAllister (Springfield, MA) turned aside five.


RIC opened the second half with a goal from Nolan at the 1:08 mark before Elms freshman midfielder Vanessa Vurno (Salem, CT) keyed a 3-0 run with a pair of goals and one assist to cut RIC's lead down to five, 14-9, with 16:54 remaining in the game.


RIC responded with back-to-back goals from Bradley and junior midfielder Betsy Heidel (Warwick, RI) to put RIC up seven, 16-9. The Blazers would outscore the Anchorwomen, 5-2, down the stretch, but it wouldn’t be enough as the visitors held on for their fourth win of the year.


Eaton would stop 14 shots in the victory (4-5), with McAllister making 10 saves in the defeat (2-3).


Vurno led all scorers with five goals and two assists for seven points, while senior attacker Ashley Cava (Wibraham, MA) tossed in three goals and added two assists of her own.


Bradley’s six goals led the way for RIC with Nolan’s five-points outburst (4g, 1a) ranked second on the squad. Heidel also netted a hat trick and registered one assist in the victory. Elms held a 20-8 edge in ground balls for the game. 


In upcoming action, Rhode Island College will resume Little East Conference action at home against Western Connecticut on Saturday, April 16 (1 p.m.).