Western New England’s Winning Streak Ends with 13-2 Setback to Roger Williams

Ariella Ruggiero recorded an assist in Western New England's 13-2 loss to Roger Williams on Wednesday. (Photo by Chris Marion)
Ariella Ruggiero recorded an assist in Western New England's 13-2 loss to Roger Williams on Wednesday. (Photo by Chris Marion)

Hawks pull away with 11 unanswered goals

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (March 27, 2019) – The Western New England University women's lacrosse team had its four-game winning streak snapped with a 13-2 setback to Roger Williams University on Wednesday afternoon in Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC) action at Golden Bear Stadium.

Top Performers
Freshman Hannah Jarvis (Westfield, Mass.) and senior Kristen Breen (Ellington, Conn.) both scored first half goals for Western New England, while junior Madison Lemire (Ellington, Conn.) and sophomore Carley Piemonte (East Longmeadow, Mass.) scooped up four ground balls each.

Roger Williams was led by senior midfielder Emily Stoeppel (Brookfield, Conn.), who tallied a game-high five goals for the visitors.

Sophomore Delana Erickson (Concord, N.H.) finished with two goals and one assist, while classmate Maeve Gillis (Duxbury, Mass.) chipped in with a pair of goals.

Hawks junior goalkeeper Lydia Nelson (Center Moriches, N.Y.) stopped 15 of the 17 shots she faced to earn the win in the cage.

Game Review
The majority of the first half was a defensive battle, with just two goals scored over the opening 18 minutes of play.

Jarvis got the Golden Bears on the board with an assist from freshman Liz Mazza (East Longmeadow, Mass.) just over two minutes into the contest, and the Western New England defense kept the Hawks quiet until Stoeppel scored on a feed from freshman Madi Drain (Waterboro, Maine) at the 19:03 mark.

Roger Williams pulled ahead on Stoeppel's second goal of the game with 11:26 remaining in the half, and the Golden Bears tied the score for the second time as junior Ariella Ruggiero (Valhalla, N.Y.) set up Breen with 4:02 on the clock.

The Hawks utilized a late 4-0 surge to open up a 6-2 advantage at the break, however. Junior Ashley Warren (Wilmington, Mass.) converted a free position attempt at the 3:17 mark, while Gillis (2:23), Erickson (0:38) and Stoeppel (0:16) followed with unassisted strikes to extend the Roger Williams lead heading into halftime.

The visitors continued to add to their lead with goals from Erickson (28:33) and Stoeppel (22:34) early in the second half.

Roger Williams outscored Western New England 5-0 the rest of the way, while the Hawks defense kept the Golden Bears off the scoreboard as the final margin grew to 11.

Notes
• Roger Williams outshot Western New England 34-20, and the Hawks held a 12-5 edge in draw controls.
• Western New England sophomore goalie Kaitlyn Marchant (Londonderry, N.H.) finished with nine saves in the loss.

Up Next
Both teams will be back in action on Saturday, as Western New England (4-4, 1-1 CCC) hosts the University of New England, and Roger Williams (5-3, 1-0 CCC) returns home to take on Curry.