WELLESLEY, Mass. – The Wellesley College lacrosse team jumped out to an 11-4 halftime lead and never looked back, posting an 18-11 victory over visiting New England College on Thursday afternoon. The win improved the Blue to 3-5, while the Pilgrims dip to 2-5 with the non-conference loss.
Wellesley outshot NEC 42-22, while posting a 21-10 advantage in draw controls.
The Blue scored the first three goals of the contest, before the Pilgrims answered with two straight to cut the lead to 3-2 with 24:10 on the clock. From that point on, Wellesley outscored NEC 8-2, heading into the break with an 11-4 lead.
Brit Mscisz tallied four first-half goals for the Blue, while Nathalie Gruet assisted on four scores, while adding a goal of her own.
Wellesley increased the lead to 12-4 as Meredith Roy opened the second half with her third goal of the game. NEC answered back, scoring five of the next six goals to cut the deficit to 13-9 with 16:54 remaining. Amanda Naime scored twice for the Pilgrims during the run.
Up by four, Wellesley scored five of the games final seven goals, putting it out of reach for NEC. Rachel Hanscom scored the first three goals of her collegiate career to pace Wellesley in the second half.
Mscisz and Gruet each recorded six-point games for the Blue. Mscisz finished with five goals and a helper, while Gruet scored twice and added a career-high of four assists. Hanscom and Roy each added five points, with Allison Robbins tallying four. Rounding out the offense, Claire Canty picked up three goals, upping her season total to a team-leading 26 goals.
On the other side of the ball for Wellesley, Roy led the way with six draw controls and four ground balls, while Robbins picked up four draw controls. Kaitlyn Kirkaldy added four draw controls, two ground balls and a caused turnover to pace the defense.
In goal for the Blue, Tya Logan got her second straight start, playing the first 30 minutes, making six saves. Tori Hysko came on in the second half and recorded five stops.
For New England College, Naimie led the way with five goals, while Sarah Merrill, Emily Bamberger and Chantale Lacroix all added two goals. All 11 of NEC's scores were unassisted.
Defensively, Lacroix talled six draw controls, while Mallory Stasio and Kate Roberge each added two caused turnovers. In goal, Rebecca Harvey picked up 13 saves, while also scooping up four ground balls.