April 23, 2011

WNEC Snaps Endicott's 43-Game League Winning Streak

from press release

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. – It was one of the biggest women’s lacrosse wins in team history and certainly the most important in Western New England’s four years in the Commonwealth Coast Conference (TCCC).

Junior midfielder Katie Toomy (Northborough, MA) scored four goals and had five assists while senior attacker Jeanmarie Barbato (Huntington Station, NY) also netted four goals with a pair of assists as the Golden Bears handed Endicott its first loss in conference play with a 15-12 victory during “Senior Day” Saturday (Apr. 23).

Western New England raised its record to 13-4 overall and 10-1 in the conference in addition to receiving the top seed in the upcoming TCCC Championship that begins next Saturday (Apr. 30). The Gulls fall to 11-5 and 10-1 in league play.

The Golden Bears snapped the Gulls' 43-game win streak in conference play with their first win over EC since 2004. It was only Western New England's third victory in 14 all-time meetings against Endicott and first as members of TCCC.

There were four ties in the opening half before freshman midfielder Kelsey Daniels (South Windsor, CT) scored with 14.5 seconds left to give Western New England an 8-7 lead at the break. Daniels finished with three goals.

The Golden Bears, who ran their winning streak to five games, maintained their advantage in the second half going ahead 11-8 when Toomy scored at the 21:44 mark.

Endicott rallied when senior attacker Molly Sowles (Yarmouth, ME) fired in a shot 1:12 later and junior attacker Morgan DeShaw (Danville, NH) scored on a free position shot with 16:24 left.

The Golden Bears answered with a pair of goals to take another three-goal margin following scores by sophomore attacker Julianne Green (Bay Shore, NY) and Toomy on a free position attempt with 11:24 remaining.

Sowles again netted a free position shot with just under 10 minutes left before Daniels and Barbato found the back of the net for a 15-11 lead with 5:02 minutes left. Sophomore attacker Caitlin Pratt (Bow, NH) scored the Gulls’ final goal 28 seconds later.

Senior goalie Marissa Bonitatibus (Yorktown Heights, NY) compiled eight saves for the Golden Bears, including a couple of key stops in the final 18 minutes. Freshman midfielder Shelby Trebbe (Wilbraham, MA) had one of her games with two goals.

Senior defender Nicole Poli (Medfield, MA) had a goal, two ground balls, and two caused turnovers. Daniels (who also forced two turnovers) and Toomy led the team with four ground balls and three draw controls, respectively.

DeShaw had a team high three goals while Sowles and senior midfielder Kellie Cunningham (Derry, NH) each chipped-in with two goals and an assist for the Gulls. Sophomore midfielder Holly Davis (Guilford, CT) also scored twice. Junior Leah Neff (South Berwick, ME) stopped five shots.

EC had 19 draw controls with Davis,  junior midfielder Michelle Liozzo (Longmeadow, MA), and sophomore midfielder Lauren Todd (Newfields, NH) each hauling in four. Senior midfielder Carin Czerniawski (Monroe, CT) had three caused turnovers and two ground balls.

Western New England held a slim 28--26 edge in shots and 13-9 margin in ground balls.

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