Western New England Picks Up First Win of 2017 Season With 13-8 Victory at Smith

Photo by Spartan SportShots
Photo by Spartan SportShots

Canning & Phillips lead Golden Bears with four goals each

NORTHAMPTON, Mass. (March 1, 2017) – The Western New England University women's lacrosse team picked up its first win of the 2017 season with a 13-8 victory over Smith College this evening in non-conference action at Smith's Turf Field.

Top Performers
• Junior Rachel Canning (Lincoln, Park, N.J.) and freshman Lindsey Phillips (East Longmeadow, Mass.) fueled the Western New England offense with four goals each, while freshman Shannen Barrett (Rensselaer, N.Y.) added two goals and one assist.
• Graduate midfielder Emma Norden (Belchertown, Mass.) recorded three draw controls to go with four ground balls and six caused turnovers.

• Sophomore Chloe Harris (Alexandria, Va.) factored into five of Smith's eight goals, scoring three herself and providing assists on two others.

Game Review
• Barrett opened the scoring for the Golden Bears at the 22:12 mark of the first half, and Western New England opened up a 3-0 lead after sophomore Kristen Breen (Ellington, Conn.) and Phillips found the back of the net shortly after.
• Smith used two goals by Harris to within two (4-2) with 10:35 remaining, but the Golden Bears closed out the half with a 4-0 run and led 8-2 at the break.
• Canning netted two more goals early in the second half as Western New England extended its advantage to 10-2. The Pioneers stayed within striking distance with a 4-1 run, but a pair of late goals by Phillips sealed the contest for the Golden Bears.

Notes
• Western New England outshot Smith by a 40-18 margin and also held a 14-8 advantage in draw controls.
• Junior Lauren Hurley (Saint James, N.Y.) posted a multi-point effort with one goal and one assist.
• Making her first start of the season, junior goalie Madison Cutler (Pittston, Maine) finished with nine saves.

Up Next
Western New England (1-1) returns to action on Saturday afternoon at 1 p.m. with its home opener against Westfield State at Golden Bear Stadium, while Smith (0-1) continues hosts Simmons in the second of three straight home games to start the season for the Pioneers.