Slow start dooms Western women in 15-11 loss at Wesleyan

Box Score

MIDDLETOWN, CT (Mar. 29) — The Western Connecticut State University women's lacrosse team spotted Wesleyan University a 5-1 lead before ten minutes had been played, falling by the final margin of 15-11 Thursday afternoon in a non-conference matchup of in-state rivals.

From the desk of Brian Katten - Wesleyan University SID

Junior Kayla Ellman scored four goals while classmates Catherine Taibi and Kaylin Berger each tallied a hat track to pace Wesleyan (4-4) past visiting Western Connecticut (4-3) in women's lacrosse action here this afternoon, 15-11.  The Cardinals now stand 3-0 all-time vs. the Colonials.

Ellman took over team goal-scoring leadership from Berger with her four markers, upping her season total to 18 while Berger is one behind with 17.   Taibi improved her seasonal scoring to 13 goals.

Netting four goals for Western was junior Nicole Perrone, who upped her goal scoring for the year to 18, ranking second on the squad behind junior Devon Edwards, who had a pair today and 23 for the season. Edwards also had two assists for a four-point game as she leads her team by a wide margin in the points department with 37.  Junior Amy Brooks, who came into the contest with just two goals on the year for the Colonials, posted a hat trick with three goals in the final four minutes of the contest, narrowing what had been the game's largest lead for Wesleyan at 15-8, to the final margin.

The Cardinals jumped out to a 5-1 edge nine minutes into the contest, with two by Ellman and one each by Taibi and Berger along with a goal from sophomore Maddy Coulter.  Perrone put home two for Western to make it a 5-3 game before four straight by the Cardinals upped the difference to 9-3 with 5:56 left in the half.  The teams went into intermission with Wesleyan ahead, 10-5.

The teams traded goals over the opening 10 minutes of the second half for a 12-7 score, but Wesleyan then netted three of the next four to push out to a seven-goal margin  with 4:48 left on the clock.  Brooks then put the finishing touches on the day's scoring.

Western goalie sophomore Karli Portnoy picked up five saves while freshman Mackenzie McPike, playing her first game for Wesleyan, stopped seven shots.

Western is back in action Sat., March 31 with its Little East opener at UMass Dartmouth.  Wesleyan plays again Wed., April 4 in a NESCAC matchup at Amherst.

SCORE BY PERIOD       1  2  Tot
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Western Connecticut.  5  6 - 11
Wesleyan University. 10  5 - 15

Western Connecticut SCORING: GOALS: Nicole Perrone 4; Emily Brooks 3; Devon
Edwards 2; Kelly Brennan 1; Kaitlyn Arconti 1. ASSISTS: Devon Edwards 2; Emily Brooks 1; Hyla Costello 1; Lindsay Gorman 1.

Wesleyan University SCORING: GOALS: Kayla Ellman 4; Kaylin Berger 3; Catherine
Taibi 3; Daphne Kroessler 2; Leah Sherman 1; Caitlin Daniels 1; Madeline Coulter
1. ASSISTS: Claire O'Brien 2; Leah Sherman 1.

SHOTS BY PERIOD       1  2  Tot
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Western Connecticut.  8 12 - 20
Wesleyan University. 18  6 - 24

GROUND BALLS BY PRD   1  2  Tot
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Western Connecticut.  7  5 - 12
Wesleyan University. 14  8 - 22

TURNOVERS BY PRD      1  2  Tot
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Western Connecticut. 16  7 - 23
Wesleyan University. 15 10 - 25

CLEARS BY PERIOD       1     2     Total
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Western Connecticut.  6-14  6-8  - 12-22
Wesleyan University.  7-8   9-10 - 16-18

EXTRA-MAN OPPS         1     2     Total
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Western Connecticut.  1-0   0-0  -  1-0
Wesleyan University.  0-0   0-0  -  0-0

FREE-POSITION SHOTS    1     2     Total
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Western Connecticut.  0-1   1-2  -  1-3
Wesleyan University.  0-1   1-1  -  1-2

SAVES BY PERIOD       1  2  Tot
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Western Connecticut.  4  1 -  5
Wesleyan University.  2  5 -  7

DRAW CONTROLS BY PRD  1  2  Tot
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Western Connecticut.  7  8 - 15
Wesleyan University.  9  4 - 13

GOALTENDER SUMMARY
Wesleyan University       Minutes   GA   W/L   1   2 Saves
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14 Mackenzie McPike....     60:00   11    W    2   5     7

Western Connecticut       Minutes   GA   W/L   1   2 Saves
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99 Karli Portnoy.......     60:00   15    L    4   1     5