Fueled by incredible efforts from senior Ashley Solari and junior Stephanie Hunt, Mass Maritime defeated the MCLA women’s lacrosse team 16-8 last Saturday to capture their first victory. This senior day loss places the Trailblazers at 3-9 overall and last in the Conference with a 0-5 record in the MASCAC.
The Mass Maritime Buccaneers started the game by drawing a series of fouls on the Blazers to move into position for a clean shot. Just two minutes into the game MCLA found itself down by a goal. This didn’t seem to faze the team. The Blazers and Buccaneers fought intensely over every inch of the field, firing shots only to see them fly past the net or into the goalie stick.
Sixteen minutes left in the first half, and the Buccaneers found the back of the net again. Down 2-0, the Blazers found another gear and junior Mackenzie Cutler ripped a shot past the goalie to halve the Mass Maritime lead. Four minutes went by and senior Natalie Caney tied it up for the Blazers at 2-2.
In the final two minutes of the half the Buccaneers scored three consecutive goals to take the wind out of the Blazers’ sails. At the half way mark the morale was low, down 5-2 for MCLA.
Mass Maritime came out swinging in the second half to score another five goals to stretch the lead to 10-2. Despite freshman Kim Granito scoring four times in the final 22 minutes the Blazers fell to the Buccaneers 16-8. Mass Maritime played its best game of the season and goalie sophomore Zoe Elwell took the loss for MCLA.
Westfield State and Bridgewater State are both undefeated in five games played against MASCAC opponents putting them in the top two spots with just a few games left in the season. Westfield has a better overall record (10-4) than Bridgewater (9-6) and holds first place as of April 23.
Mass Maritime takes the seventh spot from MCLA with this victory and holds a 1-4 record in league play.
Granito leads the team with 34 goals and 43 points in 12 games played. She has at least a point in every game this season and ranks sixth in the MASCAC for goals.
Cutler’s two-goal game puts her at 32 for the year, making her career year even more impressive. Last season saw Cutler manage 26 goals and 33 points and she stands just nine points from 100 in her career.
Caney has achieved her third consecutive 40 point season and needs just four more to beat her personal best set last year of 43.
Individual Statistics- Mass Maritime
Solari and Hunt each scored five goals and netted one assist for a pair of six point games. Solari doubled her goals for the season in this game and now has ten on the year.
Hunt leads her team in goals (31), assists (8), and points (39) this season.
Despite the losing record the Women’s Lacrosse team has taken a step forward in a few key areas. To this point in the season they have averaged about 11 goals per game which is roughly three more per game than last season. They have also fired an average of eight more shots per game than last season. With two thirty goal scorers the Blazers have also scored more goals this season than any previous season.
The women’s lacrosse team finishes its season tomorrow at Framingham State at 5:30 p.m.