Women's Lacrosse: Eagles Hang Close But Fall To Regis, 10-9
Nashua - Regis College built a 5-3 lead at the half and held off a late Daniel Webster charge in the second half to take a 10-9 victory over the Eagles in a first ever matchup of future NECC foes Tuesday at Eagle Field.
Grace Politis led the Pride (6-3) with a game–high six goals and six draw controls including the two key markers of the game, breaking an 8-8 tie with 8:27 remaining and adding the eventual game-winner with 6:48 left.
Natalie Bates (North Kingstown, R.I.) led the Eagles (3-4) with four goals and two assists.
Both teams are NCAA independents this season but will become NECC members next season when the conference begins sponsoring women's lacrosse as a championship sport.
Samantha Cotoni (Groton, Mass.) added three goals and a game-high six groundballs for the Eagles, while Kaylea Parkin (Red Hook, N.Y.) added two goals. Alexa Quintiliani (Manchester, Conn.) added a career-high five draw controls.
Regis led by as many as three twice in the second half including 7-4 after an Ellie Healy (South Burlington, Vt.) score with 22:19 remaining. But the Eagles answered 46 seconds later with a Cotoni unassisted score and Bates buried a free position shot for a 7-6 game with 18:52 left.
Sashae Walls (Everett, Mass.) converted from the eight-yard line with 15:51 left but Bates followed 1:06 later and Parkin would tie it with a highlight-reel score 1:33 later, faking a free position and then diving back in between three defenders to tie it at eight.
But Politis followed with her next two for a 10-8 lead before Parking would tighten things with 5:39 remaining. DWC pressed but couldn't regain possession until fewer than 30 seconds remained as the Pride escaped with the victory.
Teresa Moscati (Buffalo, N.Y.) pulled in 15 saves for the Eagles, while Meghan Ryan (Stow, Mass.) made 10 stops for Regis.
Regis finished with advantages in total shots (28-25), groundballs (24-16), and draw controls (13-8), including a pivotal 9-3 advantage in the second half.
The Eagles now embark on a four-game road trip beginning Thursday at Curry beginning at 6:00 p.m.
Regis hosts Saint Joseph's (Me.) on Thursday at 4:00 p.m.