DANBURY, CT - Junior midfielder Brooke Baldelli (New Fairfield, CT) scored a game-high six goals as the Western Connecticut State University women's lacrosse team cruised to a 16-4 victory over Castleton University in the Little East Conference Championship quarterfinals at the Westside Athletic Complex on Tuesday afternoon.
The Colonials will take on second seed University of Southern Maine in the LEC semifinals at Plymouth State University on Friday, May 3. WestConn will attempt to avenge its 21-18 loss to the Huskies, which came on April 20 and was the Colonials only loss in the last nine contest. Game time will be determined following the men's first round results later tonight.
Baldelli scored four of her goals in the opening half as the Colonials, now 14-4, raced out to a 9-1 advantage over the Spartans at intermission. She capped off the game's scoring, with 7:44 remaining in the contest, with her 75th goal of the season.
"We turned it on for the full 60 minutes today," said WestConn fourth-year head coach Jennifer Thomas. "We told our players that the draw will win the game and when you are winning 17 of 22 draws, good things are going to happen."
WestConn's leading scorer for the season, Lauren Bradshaw (Bethel, CT) opted for play-maker duties on Tuesday as she handed out five assists and now has 102 total points in her final season. She also led all players with eight draw controls, four ground balls and six caused turnovers.
Erin McKenna (York, ME) scored a pair of goals for Castleton, which closes out its first season in the Little East Conference at 6-12.
Sophomore Jennifer Sawicki (Westbury, NY) made six saves for the Colonials in 56 minutes of work before yielding to Madison McColl (Rutland, MA) for the final four minutes. McColl made a pair of saves including one off a free-position attempts by the Spartans.
Samantha Hebb (Ashland, MA) withstood 40 shots from the Colonials and made 10 saves in her final collegiate game for Castleton.