Fast Start, Strong Finish Help Golden Bears Register 11-7 Win at Curry

Fast Start, Strong Finish Help Golden Bears Register 11-7 Win at Curry

Canning tallies six points, Phillips adds five

MILTON, Mass. (April 5, 2017) – The Western New England University women's lacrosse team used a strong first half performance and a decisive second half run to earn an 11-7 victory over Curry College on Wednesday evening in Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC) play at Walter M. Katz Field.

Top Performers
• Junior Rachel Canning (Lincoln Park, N.J.) had a hand in six of Western New England's 11 goals, netting two herself and assisting on four others. Canning helped the Golden Bears pull away in the second half, scoring two goals and dishing out an assist.
• Freshman Lindsey Phillips (East Longmeadow, Mass.) was also a key contributor with five points (three goals, two assists), four ground balls, three draw controls and one caused turnover.
• Sophomore Kristen Breen (Ellington, Conn.) chipped in with two goals, while freshman Madison Barron (Lebanon, Pa.) recorded one goal, one assist, three draw controls and two ground balls.
• Junior goalie Shannon McFadden (West Islip, N.Y.) finished with 19 saves on 26 shots.

• Senior Kelly Parker (Branford, Conn.) led the Colonels with three goals and seven draw controls, while classmate Malorie Knowlton (Norfolk, Mass.) tallied two goals, four ground balls and four caused turnovers.

Game Review
• Breen opened the scoring at the 26:33 mark of the first half, sparking a 3-0 Western New England run over the next 1:36 that also featured goals from Barron and graduate midfielder Emma Norden (Belchertown, Mass.).
• Parker got the Colonels on the board at the 21:54 mark before tallying her second goal just 12 seconds later, but the Golden Bears responded with a 4-0 run to open up a 7-2 lead with 11:38 remaining in the half. Phillips fueled the surge with a pair of goals, while junior Julia Winer (Longmeadow, Mass.) scored and handed out an assist.
• Knowlton cut into Western New England's lead with goals at 7:03 and 4:46, before Phillips scored on a feed from Canning in the closing seconds of the half to give the Golden Bears an 8-4 advantage at the break.
• Parker completed her hat trick 7:08 into the second half, again bringing Curry back to within three (8-5).
• Western New England answered with a decisive 3-0 run that began with a man-down goal from Canning at 20:40 and ended with junior Emily Dolan's (Merrick, N.Y.) third goal of the season with 13:01 on the clock.
• The Colonels added two late goals, but they were unable to overcome their six-goal deficit.

Notes
• Western New England held an 11-9 edge in draw controls, led by Phillips and Barron.
• McFadden has recorded 15+ saves in consecutive games for the first time this season.
• The Colonels outshot the Golden Bears 36-29 and held a slight 23-22 advantage in ground balls.

Up Next
Both teams will be back in action on Saturday, as Western New England (4-7, 1-2 CCC) returns home to take on Endicott, and Curry (5-7, 2-2 CCC) continues its three-game homestand against Wentworth.