Women’s Lacrosse falls to Fitchburg in home opener

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The Lacrosse team saw their second conference game slip out of their hands due to overwhelming offense. In a game against Fitchburg State, MCLA lost 15-4 last Saturday. The team now stands 3-5 overall with a 0-2 record in the MASCAC. The Fitchburg State Falcons get back to .500 with the win and stand fifth in the MASCAC with a 5-5 overall record and 1-1 record in the conference.

MCLA’s home opener started on the back foot as Fitchburg senior Andrea Comeau ripped a shot into the back of the net just 32 seconds into the game. From there the Falcons kept the pressure on, notching five more goals 12 minutes into the half.

The Blazers stopped the bleeding for the next five minutes and play slowed down as the defenses were tested. Sophomore Beatrice Lechler got MCLA on the scoreboard with a goal assisted by freshman Kim Granito with a little less than 14 minutes left. With momentum on their side the Lacrosse team kept up the pressure, but were just unable to find the back of the net.

Fitchburg made them pay for this lack of finish and in the last seven minutes of the half they padded their lead with three more goals to make it 9-1 at half time. The Falcon who started the scoring in the game, Comeau, continued to play well, netting a hat-trick in the first 30 minutes.

The Blazers struggled to keep the Falcons at bay and six more unanswered goals sealed the fate of the home team. At 15-1 the score was out of reach with ten minutes on the clock. Lechler managed another goal for MCLA and Junior Mackenzie Cutler scored two in the dying moments to end the game 15-4.

Junior Mackenzie Cutler and sophomore Beatrice Lechler each scored two goals in the game, but proved to be the only offense MCLA could muster.

League Perspective

As of April 9, Bridgewater State holds the top spot in the league, having gone 6-6 overall and 2-0 in the MASCAC. Just behind them lay Westfield State, 6-3 and 1-0 and Salem State, 2-6 and 1-0.

Statistics

Cutler’s effort places her in first place in goals (24) and tied for first in points (30) on the team with freshman Granito. Cutler is also fifth in the MASCAC for goals.

Fitchburg is 3-0 lifetime against the Blazers. Last year’s contest resulted in a 19-1 loss for MCLA and the year before saw a match 19-7 in favor of the Falcons.

 

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