NORTH ADAMS, Mass.- The visiting Worcester State women's lacrosse program had a balanced scoring attack as they defeated MCLA 15-6 this evening at Shewcraft field in Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference (MASCAC) action.
With the win, the Lancers improve to 4-8 overall and sit at 2-2 in conference play. MCLA drops to 3-8 and is 0-4 in league play.
The Lancers were paced by Mackenzie Little (Marlboro, Mass.) who had four goals. She added an assist and five draw controls for Worcester State. Angelina Sutherland (Tyngsboro, Mass.) , Alexis Vecchiarelli (Agawam, Mass.) and Alaina Martin (E. Longmeadow, Mass.) added three goals apiece. Martin registered three assists, while both Vecchiarelli and Sutherland added a pair of assists apiece.
The Lancers jumped out to an early 2-0 lead behind goals from Martin and Vecchiarelli. MCLA would eventually tie the game at 3-3 later on as Mackenzie Cutler (E. Amherst, N.Y.) and Kim Granito (Glenmont, N.Y.) scored for the Trailblazers with 16:17 left in the half. The Lancers would outscore MCLA 5-1 to close the half though as Little scored three of her goals in helping Worcester State to an 8-4 halftime lead.
The Lancers put the game out of reach in the second half by scoring the first six goals. Sutherland scored three straight to begin the barrage and when Vecchiarelli tallied her final goal, the Lancers led 14-4.
Granito would score two straight to give MCLA life, but Worcester State held MCLA off the scoreboard over the final 12:51 to close out the game. Little's final marker with just over a minute left accounted for the final tally.
Krissy Pessa (Walpole, Mass.) earned the win (4-8) in goal for Worcester State stopping seven shots in the process. The Lancers owned a 35-18 shot advantage and a 20-12 edge in groundballs.
Granito paced MCLA with three goals. Natalie Caney added two of her own. Zoe Elwell (2-6) took the loss stopping ten shots for the Trailblazers.
The Trailblazers are back in action on Saturday when they celebrate senior day with a 3pm draw against Mass. Maritime. Worcester State hosts Colby-Sawyer in a 7 p.m. game tomorrow at Coughlin Field, before returning to MASCAC action on Friday at Westfield State.