Regis and Elms Advance to the NECC Women's Lacrosse Championship

Regis and Elms Advance to the NECC Women's Lacrosse Championship

Attleboro, Mass. - Top seeds hold true, and advance to the NECC Chamionship on Saturday. No. 1 Regis College earned the 13-5 win over fourth seeded Wheelock College, while second seeded Elms College was victorius over third seeded Southern Vermont College with a final score of 14-11.

The NECC Championship will feature the two top seeds at Regis College at 3:00pm. 

#1 Regis 13, #4 Wheelock 5

WESTON, Mass. - Sophomore Mackenzie Cattaruzza and freshman Kerri Anselmo each scored a hat trick on Thursday night, lifting the top-seeded Regis (Mass.) women's lacrosse team to a 13-5 win over #4 Wheelock College in the semifinals of the New England Collegiate Conference Tournament.

With the win, the Pride (14-4) advances to its fifth consecutive NECC Championship, to be played on Saturday at Regis Stadium at 3:00 p.m. They will take on #2 Elms, who defeated Southern Vermont 14-11 in the other semifinal. Wheelock's season ends with a record of 10-7.

The game had the all the makings for a defensive struggle in the early going, as the game's first goal didn't come until over eight minutes in, when Cattaruzza scored her first goal of the game. Linsay Bumila scored almost four minutes later to stretch the Pride lead to 2-0, followed by a goal by senior Arianna Woodley. Wheelock sophomore Alexah Mellis opened the scoring for the Wildcats with 9:18 left in the first half, cutting the Pride's lead to 3-1, but two more Cattaruzza goals and one from junior Nicole Roche moved the Pride's lead to 6-2 as the horn sounded for half time.

The Pride continued to pour it on after the break, scoring the first five goals of the second half, with Roche, Anselmo (two), Bumila and freshman Brooke Ross all adding tallies to stretch the Regis lead to 11-2. Wheelock sophomore Georgia Schindele ended the Pride's 7-0 run with 11:03 left on the clock, but the goal proved far too little too late. Anselmo and sophomore Malorie Kiehl would add late goals for the Pride, while Wheelock's Katie Frade and Colleen Macdonald added late goals for the Wildcats to close out the game 13-5.

Wheelock goalkeeper Meghan Lewis impressed in her final collegiate game, making 18 saves in the losing effort. Maresa Malcolm made two saves to pick up the win for the Pride.

Courtesy of Regis Athletics Communications.

#2 Elms 14, #3 Southern Vermont 11 

CHICOPEE, Mass. – The second-seeded Elms College women's lacrosse team rallied from an early deficit to capture a 14-11 victory over visiting three-seed Southern Vermont College in their New England Collegiate Conference (NECC) Championship semifinal match at Leary Field Thursday evening.

With the win, the Blazers (13-2) advance to the NECC Championship game for the first time in program history, and will face top-seeded Regis College for the conference crown Saturday afternoon. The Mountaineers (8-6) have concluded play for the 2017 season.

Southern Vermont kickoff the high-scoring affair as sophomore Sofia Sorriento netted an unassisted strike in the second minute of action. After Elms used a tally from junior Jackie Soucia to even the match at 1-1, the Mountaineers potted four straight goal, featuring a pair from senior Mel Orrell and Lauren Nesshoever to push Southern Vermont to a 5-1 advantage at the 10:55 on the clock.

Trailing 6-2, Soucia and freshman Haley Richard scored back-to-back unassisted goals to close the gap to 6-4. Southern Vermont senior Emily Lesure converted off a feed from junior Paige Vitale to regain a 7-4 lead, but the Blazers closed the half strong with strikes from Soucia and sophomore Vanessa Vurno in the final two minutes to trim the deficit to 7-6 at the half.

Elms carried their momentum into the second stanza with freshman Alecia Keesee firing home a pass from Soucia on the opening possession to even the game at 8-8. The sides traded goals over the next 13 minutes with Elms junior Alissa Porfilio scoring twice and Lesure providing a goal and an assist for the Mountaineers as the game remained tied at 10-10 with 16:28 to go.

The Blazers grabbed their first lead of the game as Vurno ripped a free-position shot to the back of the net at the 15:51 mark. The would-be game-winner came in the 47th minute when Soucia spotted Porfilio on a run from the wing and Porfilio delivered the finish for her second hat trick of the season. Southern Vermont made it 12-11 as Nesshoever converted a free-position shot with 7:22 to play, but Elms put the game away when freshman Janie Christian and Keesee connected twice down the stretch to secure the 14-11 victory.

The Blazers edged the Mountaineers in the shot column, 33-27, and draw controls, 15-12, while Southern Vermont took the groundball battle, 30-27. Elms senior Meeghan O'Connor made seven saves in the win, while Mountaineers junior goalie Kristiana Goldup stopped a game-high 11 shots for Southern Vermont.

Soucia and Vurno helped lead the Blazers offense with five points each. Soucia had a trio of goals, and Vurno dished out a game-high three assists. Richard and Porfilio tallied three goals apiece, while Keesee added two goals and two assists.

Lesure posted three goals and an assist for Southern Vermont, while Nesshoever notched thee goals. Orrell and Sorriento scored two goals apiece in the loss.

Courtesy of Elms Athletics Communications.

First Round – Tuesday, May 2nd

Game 1: #3 Southern Vermont College 21, #6 Bay Path University 7
Game 2: #4 Wheelock College 12, #5 Becker College 3 

Semifinals – Thursday, May 4th

Game 3: #3 #2 Elms College 14, Southern Vermont College 11
Game 4: #1 Regis College 13, #4 Wheelock College 5

Championship – Saturday, May 6th

Game 5: #2 Elms College at #1 Regis College - 3:00 p.m.