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March 13, 2013

Blue Lacrosse Tops Emerson

BOSTON, Mass. -- Backed by a strong all-around performance from sophomore Meghan Peterson, the Wellesley College lacrosse team picked up a 10-7 win on the road at Emerson College on Wednesday evening. The Blue have now won two straight and stand at 3-1 on the season, while Emerson, who will join the NEWMAC next season, evens its record to 2-2 with the loss.

Peterson was great on both sides of the ball, leading the Blue offense with three goals and two assists and heading up the defense with three draw controls and a caused turnover. Her totals in points, assists and draw controls all marked career bests.

Wellesley jumped out to a quick 4-0 advantage to open play. Senior Elizabeth Clemetson opened the scoring with a free-position goal less than three minutes into play, and her score was followed by goals from sophomore Claire Canty, junior Brit Mscisz, and Peterson.

Emerson cut the lead to 4-2 with back-to-back scores from Tayllar Righini and Libby Murphy, but the Blue answered with a second goal from Canty to make it 5-2. The Lions would not go away, however, as Chelsea Phillips scored twice in the final two minutes of the half cut the Blue lead to 5-4 at the break.

Wellesley wasted no time regaining momentum in the second half, as scores from seniors Meredith Roy and Allison Robbins pushed the advantage to 7-4 with just three minutes off the clock. Emerson's Phillips answered for the Lions, scoring two more goals to make it 7-6, with 23:43 remaining.

Maintaining a slim one-goal advantage, Wellesley turned to Peterson, who converted two straight free-position goals to make it 9-6 with 14:42 to play. Emerson would get one back with 11 minutes on the clock, but Wellesley added a Mscisz goal in the last minute to set the final to 10-7 in favor of the Blue.

Emerson outshot Wellesley 19-16 in the game, but the Blue were aided by strong play from goalie Tori Hysko who stopped nine total shots. Her Emerson counterpart, Victoria Kanaris, also added nine saves.

Peterson led the Blue attack with her five points, followed by four from Canty (2 goals, 2 assists) and three from Roy (1 goal, 2 assists). Rounding out the Wellesley offense, Mscisz picked up two scores, while Clemetson and Robbins each added solo goals.

Defensively, Clemetson picked up three ground balls, two draw controls, and two caused turnovers, while junior Kaitlyn Kirkaldy added four ground balls and a caused turnover. Robbins rounded out her night with four ground balls, while Roy added two caused turnovers.

For Emerson, Phillips ended the evening with four goals while also adding a team-high three draw controls. Righini added two goals, three ground balls and two draw controls for the Lions.

Wellesley is back in action on Monday, traveling to the National Training Center in Clermont, Florida, to play Williams at 5:00pm. The Blue will also play Conn. College on Wednesday at 10:00am to round out their trip south. 

Note: Box score errors will be fixed as soon as possible 

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