This release is courtesy of New England College Sports Information.
LEICESTER, Mass.— The No. 2 seeded New England College women's lacrosse team downs Becker College 18-6 in the New England Collegiate Conference (NECC) championship game, and their first conference title since 2004.
The Pilgrims sets a program record for the most wins in a single-season with their 14th win of the season, while the Hawks end the year at 13-2.
A game after breaking the NCAA Division III record for the most points in a single season, Tara Bainbridge broke the record for the most in a career with 512. The senior scored 11 goals and added two assists, to go along with seven draw controls. Alana Scott picked up two goals while assisting on two others. The senior had a game-high nine draw controls, on the defensive end, Kaitlyn Berry scooped up five ground balls.
Kylian Kelly led the way for the Hawks on the offensive end of the field, as she picked up three goals. Kelly also paced Becker with seven caused turnovers, six ground balls and three draw controls.
HOW IT HAPPENED
New England College jumped out to a fast lead, as Alana Scott scored 1:13 into the game, with the assist going to Sofia Castriotta. Kylian Kelly tied the game a few minutes later for the Hawks, but Tara Bainbridge regained the lead for the Pilgrims. Bainbridge would strike again, giving NEC the early 3-1 advantage, but the Hawks responded with a goal of their own as Julia Ravenelle scored. The two teams would trade the next two goals, before New England College was able to score the next five goals to take a 9-3 lead. Kelly would pick up her second goal of the game for Becker College right before the half, making it 9-4.
Coming out of the intermission, Bainbridge took the game into her own hands, as she scored six straight goals in the first 10 minutes of the second half, putting the Pilgrims up 15-4. Ravenelle would find the back of the net, cutting the deficit to 10 goals. The New England College offense was too much for Becker College to handle, as the Pilgrims scored three of the next four goals to capture the New England Collegiate Conference Championship.
McKenzie Gallasso recorded five saves in the crease for NEC, while Nikolle Storey made 12 saves between the pipes for Becker.
Division III Women's Lacrosse Tournament