LEICESTER, Mass.- Becker College Hawks came out firing as they prevailed over Wheelock College, 11-9 on Monday afternoon in New England Collegiate Conference women's lacrosse action at Alumni Field. The win lifts the Hawks record to 6-9 (3-2 NECC), while the Wildcats slide to 7-7 (2-3 NECC).
Wheelock put themselves on the board early when Georgia Schindele (Sparkill, N.Y.) scored on an assist from Emma Marrs (Old Lyme, Conn.), less than a minute into the game. They held onto their lead for the next three minutes, at which point Becker tallied back-to-back goals, the first by Kailee Ruyack (Beacon, N.Y.), followed by Erika Galdamez (Concord, Calif.). It was only 1:20 later when the Hawks scored another set of back-to-back goals. The first goal came from the stick of senior Victoria Belcher (Seekonk, Mass.), as she notched her 100th career goal, cutting down the middle to receive a pass from behind the net from Taryn Flebbe (Neptune, N.J.); Galdamez scored the latter. Two more goals from Belcher had Becker leading at the half, 6-3.
The Wildcats didn't back down in the second half. They were able to capitalize on three of five free position shots, two of which were by Schindele, the other coming from Alex Clark (Oak Bluffs, Mass.). But two more goals from Belcher, two from Ruyak, and a tally from Rachel Welling (Charlestown, N.H.) clinched the deal for the Hawks, bringing the final score to 11-9.
Belcher took charge for the Hawks with five goals on the day, while Ruyak contributed three and Galdamez added two. Wheelock was paced by Schindele who netted 4 goals; Marrs and Alexah Mellis (East Longmeadow, Mass.) chipped in two makers apiece.
Becker goalie Nikolle Storey (Cumberland, Maine) had eight saves in the win, while Wildcats goalkeeper Meghan Lewis had ten saves despite the loss.
Becker returns to action Thursday, April 21st, when they travel to Daniel Webster for a 4:00 p.m. start. Wheelock takes the field again on Wednesday, April 20th, as they go on the road for the third time in a row with a 4:00 p.m. start at Mitchell College.