New England College Defeats Elms in NECC Semifinals, Advances to Title Game

New England College Defeats Elms in NECC Semifinals, Advances to Title Game

This release is courtesy of New England College Sports Information.

HENNIKER, N.H.— The No. 2 seeded New England College women's lacrosse team heads to the New England Collegiate Conference (NECC) championship game, following their 25-10 win over Elms College Thursday evening at Don Melander Field.  

The Pilgrims tied a program record for the most wins in a single-season with their 13th win of the season, while the Blazers season ends at 10-8.  

Tara Bainbridge scored nine goals and added three assists, as she broke the NCAA Division III record for the most points in a single season with 184 thus far. She also had a game-high 10 draw controls in the game, while Alana Scott scored five goals and added two assists. Kaitlyn Berry had a game-high four caused turnovers, while Alyssa Tursi scooped up seven ground balls.

Alli Zadworny paced the Blazers with four goals on the day, while Haley Richard potted three. Zadworny and Richard matched each other with four draw controls and three ground balls.  

Unlike their first matchup on the year between these two teams, New England College would strike quickly as Alana Scott scored the opening goal nine seconds into the game. Bainbridge would make it 2-0 with a free position goal 4:08 in. Richard would get Elms on the board just past the six minutes in. The two teams would exchange goals over the next few minutes until Richard tied the game at five with 18:11 left in the first half. The Pilgrims would regain the lead halfway through the opening frame, as Scott picked up her second goal of the game. That goal started a New England College 5-0 run, that stretch over the next 10:48. With NEC leading 10-5, Zadworny picked up a goal with 3:41 left in the first half to get within four. The Pilgrims finished off the half with goals coming from Giuliana Kevlin and Scott, to go up to six.

Coming out of the halftime intermission, New England College received two quick goals from Sofia Castriotta and Lauren Rich. Zadworny was able to get Elms within seven with 2:03 in, but the Pilgrims picked up three straight goals, expanding their lead to 10 (17-7). The two teams would trade goals over the next few minutes, but with Bainbridge's goal with 8:26 left in regulation kicked off a 6-0 run to close out the semifinals matchup.

With Tara Bainbridge's goal with 22:17 left in the second half, she surpasses Maggie Nelson of Saint Vincent College, for the most points in an NCAA Division III single season.
McKenzie Gallasso registered four saves for the Pilgrims, while Emily Huber picked up 17 stops for the visiting Blazers.
Saturday, May 4th at Becker College, 3:00 p.m. – NECC Championship