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Women's Lacrosse: Despite First Loss Ever to RIC, Warriors Still a Favorite to Land in Playoffs

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Rhode Island College has only one senior, but playing in the final game of her career against Eastern Connecticut State University on Seniors' Day, Julia Eaton made 18 saves –  the last one coming in the final seconds that preserved her team's first win ever against the Warriors after 19 straight losses, 10-9, in Little East Conference action Tuesday night at Alumni Field. 

Sophomore attack Madison McKenna scored four goals for Rhode Island (6-6, 2-3 LEC), which turned the tables on Eastern (3-13, 2-4 LEC) by outscoring the Warriors 7-3 in the second half to erase a three-goal halftime deficit.

The Anchorwomen improve to 4-1 at home this year while Eastern dropped its ninth in ten contests away from home.

A Little East playoff finalist last year, Eastern clings to the sixth and final LEC playoff spot heading into Saturday's conference and season-finale at noon against visiting Keene State College (3-3 LEC). Eastern can unofficially claim a final spot with a win over Keene or if Castleton University loses one of its final two. The Spartans visit Rhode Island Thursday and host defending LEC playoff champion and current unbeaten Plymouth State University Saturday.

Senior attack Michelina Pinto (Groton) had four goals and junior midfielder Stacey Brodeur (East Lyme) a goal and two assists for the Warriors. Pinto helped the Warriors to an early 4-1 lead midway through the first half.

The Anchorwomen tied the game, 8-8, on a man-advantage goal from McKenna with 16:35 remaining, and moved into its first lead since the opening minutes when a free position goal with 15:54 remaining made it 9-8. A free-position goal with nine minutes left provided RIC with the margin of victory.

Eaton made several key stops down the stretch, including a point blank stop with 26 seconds left, to preserve the win for the Anchorwomen. Senior Jessica Purick (Riverhead, NY) made 11 saves for Eastern.