GORHAM, ME – Despite a game-high 10 points on six goals and four assists from senior midfielder Lauren Bradshaw (Bethel, CT), the Western Connecticut State University women's lacrosse team was downed at Southern Maine, 21-18, in a Little East Conference matchup on Saturday afternoon.
The Colonials – who dropped to 11-4 overall and 4-2 in league play – rallied to deadlock the score at 17-17 after trailing by as many as seven early in the second half. However, the Huskies – who improved to 7-5 and 4-1 – held off the late surge, netting three of the final four goals to capture the win.
WestConn finished ahead in shots, 36-33, and draw controls, 22-16. However, Southern Maine capitalized on free position shots, going 11-for-18, while the visitors went just 5-of-15.
"Today was a tough pill to swallow but we have to take a look at ourselves and learn from our mistakes," said Colonial head coach Jennifer Thomas following the defeat. "It's better to make the mistakes now than in May. We're going to do a lot of self-reflection within the next week," she concluded.
WestConn drew first blood, jumping out to an early two-goal lead on goals from junior Brooke Baldelli (New Fairfield, CT) and Bradshaw. Baldelli would finish the afternoon with a team-high seven goals.
The Huskies responded with a 6-0 run en route to seizing an 11-7 halftime lead. Aliza Jordan paced the hosts with five goals and four assists for the contest, while Lindsey Keenan chipped in with seven goals.
Down 14-7, the Colonial charge began with a shorthanded goal from Bradshaw. Later in the half, she rounded out the flurry with an unassisted tally, good for her 44th scoring strike of the season, while evening the score at 17-17.
However, Southern Maine retaliated with a 3-0 run which included a pair of free position goals from Jordan.
WestConn sophomore goalkeeper Jennifer Sawicki (Westbury, NY) fell to 11-4 overall and finished with nine saves, while Southern Maine netminder Mariah Vaillancourt improved to 2-1 and stopped 2 shots, while playing the final eight minutes in relief.
The Colonials return to action against visiting non-conference foe Salem State on Monday at 5 p.m. in a contest that was originally scheduled for March 2. They wrap up the regular season slate at UMass-Dartmouth on Saturday at 1 p.m. before the LEC Postseason Tournament begins.