Women's Lacrosse: Eagles Send Seniors Out In Style, 19-5 Over Becker
Nashua – All the outgoing Daniel Webster women's lacrosse players celebrated their senior day in style, as five seniors combined for nine goals guiding the host Eagles past Becker, 19-5 in their home finale Wednesday at Eagle Field. Senior Natalie Bates notched six goals and added an assist along with four groundballs and five draw controls and broke her own single-season scoring record with her 53rd and 54th goals of the season.
Senior Natalie Bates (N. Kingstown, R.I.) notched six goals and added an assist along with four groundballs and five draw controls and broke her own single-season scoring record with her 53rd and 54th goals of the season as the Eagles improved to 6-8 overall after posting a 1-10 mark a year ago. DWC also continued to build upon the program record for victories in a season, broken a week ago.
The game was also a preview of future conference foes. DWC is in its final season as a Division III independent and Becker, completing its run as a member of the New England Women's Lacrosse Alliance (NEWLA) will become part of the New England Collegiate Conference next season along with four other NECC programs.
The Eagles finished 3-1 against future NECC teams this season.
Seniors Eveline Lopes (Dorchester, Mass.), Charlene Gordon (Brooklyn, N.Y.) and Tracie Busch (Ronkonkoma, N.Y.) added solo scores. The five goal scorers were joined by fellow teammates Nancy DeMartini (Woodbridge, N.J.) and Samantha Blais (Windsor Locks, Conn.) in pregame ceremonies.
Sophomore Teresa Moscati (Buffalo, N.Y., who recently broke the program's single-season saves record, shone in goal, tying her season and career-high with 16 saves including nine in the first half and held the Hawks to just 3 for 11 on free-position attempts.
Ashley Mossey (Ballston Lake, N.Y.) led the Hawks (3-13) with three goals, four groundballs and three draw controls. Katelin Burdick (Pawcatuck, Conn.) and Shannon Smith (Barre, Vt.) added single scores.
Karena Prescott (New Bedford, Mass.) made eight saves in the Hawks net.
The Eagles finished with advantages in shots on goal (28-21), groundballs (28-15), draws (18-12), and free-position scores (7-3).
DWC took control early scoring four times in the opening five minutes and built a 14-2 lead at the half and registered five different goal scorers over the first time scores. Bates set the new record of 53 (she had 52 in 2010) with her first of the day 4:16 into the first and would finish with four goals in the opening frame.
Ritz upped the lead to 15-2 46 seconds into the second before Mossey notched her second of the game five minutes later. Cotoni and Bates followed with 23:52 and 22:54 to go, respectively for a 17-3 game, and Becker answered with back-to-back strikes from Mossey and Smith with 22 and 19 minutes remaining.
But Marson and Bates followed with unassisted scores with 17 and 15 minutes to go and the teams went scoreless over the final 15 for the 19-5 final.
The Eagles close their campaign on Saturday visiting Salem State at Noon.
Becker closes its season at Framingham State on Saturday in their final regular NEWLA contest beginning at Noon.