NORTHAMPTON, Mass. – The Smith College women's lacrosse team snapped the fourth and final tie with the final two goals of the first half, then won 12 of 14 draws in the second half to secure a 17-11 non-conference win over Eastern Connecticut State University Tuesday afternoon.
In the first meeting between the programs, the teams went ten minutes without scoring in the first half before Eastern (0-3) took its second and final lead with 14 minutes left in the first half. Neither team led by more than two goals until Smith (2-0) snapped a 6-6 tie by scoring twice in the final two minutes of the first half and adding the first two goals in the first three minutes of the second half to move out to a 10-6 lead.
The Warriors managed consecutive goals only once until the final six minutes when junior attack Madison Renaud (Somers) and senior attack Michelina Pinto (Groton) found the back of the net after the game had all been decided.
Eastern turned the ball over a season-low 16 times but came up with only six of 28 draws in the game, managing only two of 14 after the break. The Warriors were outshot by better than 2-to-1. Freshman Reese Gittelman, Emily Biggs and Shannon McGinnis combined for 19 of the Pioneers' 22 draws. Chloe Harris had four goals for Smith, Biggs and Gittelman adding three each.
Appearing in her first match this year, junior attack Alyssa Powers (Ellington) needed less than two minutes to record her first of the season to give Eastern a 1-0 lead. Powers led Eastern with four goals on seven shots, Pinto adding three goals and first-year sophomore attack Sydney Hogan (Northford) three. Sophomore midfielder Alexa Jacobson (Marlborough) was credited with three ground balls.
Senior goalie Jessica Purick (Riverhead, NY) totaled a career-high 19 saves while Smith freshman Alyssa Schams turned away eight shots for her second win in as many starts.
The Warriors play the fourth of six straight road games to open the season Thursday at Wellesley College at 4 p.m. Last year, Eastern stopped a four-game sked at the hands of Wellesley with a 14-10 victory.
Eastern continues with road games March 12 and 14 against Bridgewater State University and Vassar College, respectively, at Englewood, FL before opening at home March 19 hosting SUNY New Paltz at 6 p.m.