Women's Lacrosse: Eagles Close Out Best Season In History With Loss At Salem State
Salem, MA – The Salem State Lady Vikings concluded their 2012 campaign with a 21-11 victory over the Daniel Webster Eagles on Saturday afternoon at Alumni Field. Salem State finished the year at 8-6 while Daniel Webster ends its regular season at 6-9, a program record for victories in four seasons of varsity play and a remarkable turnaround from a 1-10 mark in 2011.
Salem State's Bridget Dullea (Peabody, MA), and Kate Warren (Sandwich, MA) tied for game-high honors with Natalie Bates (N. Kingstown, RI) of Daniel Webster as each player scored six goals. Kaitlyn Shidler (Peabody, MA) and Lauren DeLuca (Salem, MA) each contributed three scores for the Vikings while Brandi Ritz (Burlington, NJ) finished with two goals for the Eagles.
Salem State built an 11-8 halftime lead as the game was nip and tuck for most of the first half. Ritz opened the scoring for Daniel Webster with a goal just twenty-four seconds into the game as the teams traded goals until DeLuca connected on a free position shot to give the Vikings a 6-4 lead. Following a score by Kristen Caso (Framingham, MA) the Eagles fought back to within a goal at 7-6 on scores by Charlene Gordon (Brooklyn, NY) and Bates.
Warren answered for Salem State with back-to-back goals, and following a Kristen Cahoon (Reading, MA ) score that put the Vikings up 10-6, Bates tallied twice more for Daniel Webster to make the halftime score 11-8.
Salem State opened with a 6-0 run to start the second half to pull away. Dullea, who scored twice during the skein, also received help from Shidler, two goals, and single scores from Warren and DeLuca to put the Vikings up 17-8. Bates ended the drought for the Eagles with her fifth goal of the game at the 16:28 mark, before Salem State added four more goals to cruise to the 10-point victory.
Kelsey Russell (Arlington, MA) led the way with three assists for Salem State while Cahoon, Dullea, Susan Reis (Burlington, MA), and Warren all contributed two.
Molly Blewett (Gloucester, MA earned the win in goal for the Vikings with 10 saves while Theresa Moscati (Buffalo, NY) stopped eight shots in the loss for the Eagles.
Salem State held a 41-27 shot advantage and picked up 26 groundballs to Daniel Webster's 16.
The game marked the final game for DWC's sevene seniors, Bates, Samantha Blais (Windsor Locks, Conn.), Tracie Busch (Ronkonkoma, N.Y.), Nancy DeMartini (Woodbridge, N.J.), Charlene Gordon (Brooklyn, N.Y.), Eveline Lopes (Dorchester, Mass.), and Alexa Quintiliani (Manchester, Conn.).
Bates retires as the all-time program leader in goals (136), assists (11), points (147), ground balls (122), draw controls (105) and caused turnovers (24) and set the season all-time goals record this year with 60.
Blais completed her career with two goals as a defensive midfielder adding 18 groundballs, Busch finished with three goals and an assist for four points, while DeMartini was a three-year defender finishing with an assists and 42 grounders.
Gordon posted five goals and two assists as a senior and completer her three-year career second all time in groundballs with 70, Lopes posted 17 goals and one assist along with 50 groundballs over her three seasons, and Quintiliani added six goals and 59 groundballs (third all time) in just two seasons.