Brittany DeGrooth Breaks RIC Career Goals Record

Brittany DeGrooth holding the record-setting game ball
Brittany DeGrooth

Fitchburg, Mass.—Senior forward Brittany DeGrooth (Westerly, RI) broke the Rhode Island College women's soccer career goal scoring mark with four goals in the Anchorwomen's, 5-1, win over Fitchburg State at Elliot Field on Wednesday afternoon.

THE MILESTONE
• DeGrooth now has 41 career goals, surpassing RIC Athletic Hall of Famer Joan Hencler's '99 previous record of 38.  DeGrooth currently has 98 career points, needing five more to equal Hencler's record (103) with one regular season game remaining.

• Her four-goal effort also tied the RIC record for the most goals in a season (17) as DeGrooth equaled Alexis Smith's mark from 2010. She currently has 42 points, needing two points to equal Smith's RIC record of 44, established in 2010 as well.

THE BASICS
Rhode Island College 5, Fitchburg State 1
Rhode Island College (7-9-1)
Fitchburg State (3-10-1)

HOW IT HAPPENED
• RIC opened the season in the 21st minute when DeGrooth collected a feed from sophomore midfielder Brooke Young (West Warwick, RI) and deposited a shot inside the near post for her team-leading 14th goal of the season.

• The Anchorwomen doubled their margin roughly two minutes later when DeGrooth netted her second score of the contest off a feed by senior midfielder Leah Gravel (Johnston, RI) to make the score 2-0.

• With the score 3-0, Fitchburg State cut into the deficit in the 36th minute of play as senior Maddie Medina (Pelham, NH) settled a loose ball in front of the net and fired a shot into the lower left corner for her first tally on the season to send the game into halftime at 3-1.

• Following the intermission, the visitors extended their lead at the 47:33 mark when DeGrooth completed the hat trick, slipping a shot into the lower right corner for the 4-1 margin. She then scored in the 63rd minute to complete the sombrero.

• RIC junior goalkeeper Erica Edwards (North Kingstown, RI) made three saves in the win. FSU sophomore netminder Sarah Hemmings (Eastham, MA) stopped seven in the loss.

BY THE NUMBERS
• The Anchorwomen led in shots, 16-6, and corner kicks, 2-1.

WHAT'S NEXT
• In upcoming action, Rhode Island College will close out the regular season at home against Eastern Connecticut on Friday, Oct. 26 (6 p.m.).