Eaton Shines on Senior Day Win vs. Warriors

Julia Eaton with her family and the RIC coaching staff on Senior Day
Julia Eaton with her family and the RIC coaching staff on Senior Day

Providence, R.I.--Rhode Island College senior goalkeeper Julia Eaton (Cumberland, RI) made a game-saving save in the final seconds, while sophomore attack Madison McKenna (Cumberland, RI) scored four goals, to lead the Rhode Island College women's lacrosse team to a thrilling, 10-9, victory over Eastern Connecticut in a Little East Conference contest played at Alumni Field on Tuesday evening.

THE BASICS
Rhode Island College 10, Eastern Connecticut 9
Rhode Island College (6-6, 2-3 LEC)
Eastern Connecticut (3-13, 2-4 LEC)

HOW IT HAPPENED
Eaton and her family were honored prior to the start of the game as part of Senior Day.

 The win was the first-ever victory over the Warriors, who had won the previous 19 meetings with the Anchorwomen.

RIC sophomore attack Giana Ritchie (Cumberland, RI) scored three goals and added an assist, while freshman midfielder Morgan Pero (White River Junction, VT) notched a pair of goals in the win.

Senior attack Michelina Pinto (Groton, CT) tallied four goals for Eastern Connecticut, while junior midfielder Stacey Brodeur (East Lyme, CT) had one goal and two assists.

Ritchie got RIC on the board with an unassisted goal just 4:49 into the contest.

Eastern Connecticut responded with four straight, including two by Pinto, to take a 4-1 advantage with 16:38 left in the first half.

The two teams then traded goals for the remainder of the half with ECSU taking the 6-3 advantage heading into halftime.

Ritchie and McKenna each scored early in the second half as RIC cut its deficit down to one, 7-6, with just over 20 minutes left in the contest.

The Anchorwomen tied the game, 8-8, on a man-advantage goal from McKenna with 16:35 remaining. RIC took its first lead since the opening minutes when a free position goal from Pero made the score, 9-8, with 15:54 remaining.

The visiting Warriors knotted the game, 9-9, with 9:56 left on a free position shot from Pinto.

Pero then provided the heroics for RIC as her free position goal with 8:47 proved to be the game-winner. 

Eaton made several key stops down the stretch, including a point blank stop with 26 seconds left, to preserve the win for the Anchorwomen. She made 18 saves in the win (6-6). Eastern Connecticut senior goalkeeper Jessica Purick (Riverhead, NY) made 11 saves in the loss (1-13). 

RIC held a 35-33 advantage in shots, a 24-23 advantage in ground balls and a 15-6 advantage in draw controls.

WHAT'S NEXT
In upcoming action, Rhode Island College will continue Little East action at home vs. Castleton on Thursday, April 25 (6:30 p.m.).