NASHUA, N.H. -The Rivier Women's Lacrosse team opened the 2016 season with a 17–12 victory over the visiting Becker College Hawks Wednesday evening at Raider Field. With the win, the Raiders open at 1-0 on the season. With the loss, the Hawks fall to 0-2.
Rivier came out firing in the first half, connecting for the game's first 5 goals, and running out to a 10 – 1 lead. The Raiders assault was led by 3 goals apiece from Amanda Wickens (Tyngsboro, Mass.) and Paxton LaRocque (Londonderry, N.H). Wickens added another tally, fittingly assisted by Larocque, to close out the first half scoring with the Raiders holding a commanding 11 – 2 lead. Rachel Welling (Charlestown, N.H.) netted 2 unassisted goals for the visitors in the first stanza.
The visiting Hawks used a 6 goal rumble over the first 15 minutes of the second half to pull within 6 goals at 14 – 8. Becker got goals from Kailee Ruyack (Beacon, N.Y.), Victoria Belcher (Seekonk, Mass), Welling, Jocelyn Lebel (Grafton, Mass.), and Erika Galdamez (Concord, Calif.) to power the run. Taylor Lirakis (Tewksbury, Mass.) and Ashley Leal (Tyngsboro, Mass.) fired back for the home team. Over the final 15 minutes, Wickens, Larocque, Lirakis, and Leal would pace the Raiders. The four goals kept Rivier ahead of Becker's late surge sparked by four goals from Ruyack. Raiders' freshmen Leal notched a man down and a man up goal in the 2nd half.
Rivier was lead on the day by Wickens, 5 goals, 1 assist; Larocque, 4 goals; Lirakis, 2 goals, 3 assists; and Leal, 2 goals. Courtney Laperriere (Keene, N.H.) earned the win with 8 saves.
Becker was paced by Ruyack, 5 goals; Welling, 3 goals; and Belcher, 2 goals. Arianne Chipman (Hingham, Mass.) suffered the loss after making eight saves.
Becker returns to action on March 8th with a home contest versus Mount Ida College at 4:00 p.m.