Offensive Explosion Leads Wellesley Lacrosse Past NEC
HENNIKER, N.H. – Three Wellesley lacrosse players recorded four-goal games, sparking the Blue to an 18-4 road victory at New England College on Thursday afternoon. The win evens Wellesley's mark to 4-4 on the season, while the loss dips the Pilgrims to 1-5.
Brit Mscisz, Allison Robbins and Cassidy Jemo led the Wellesley offense with four goals each, while Mscisz added two assists for a six-point game. The high-output trio helped the Blue create a 26-14 advantage in shots over NEC.
New England College opened the game with a 2-0 advantage, thanks to goals from Elizabeth Bois and Eleni Hatsis. Wellesley answered with two goals in the next three minutes, as Mscisz and Meghan Peterson each found the back of the net.
NEC got a goal back, an unassisted score from Meredith Merce at 15:23, before Wellesley closed the half on a 7-0 run. Sparking the Blue rally was Robbins who netted a hat trick, while solo scores from Mscisz, Nicole DeCanio, Meredith Roy and Jemo, made it 9-3 Wellesley at the break.
The visitors picked up where they left off to start the second, putting up nine goals, while allowing NEC just one score in the half. Jemo notched three second half goals, while Mscisz and Roy each netted a pair.
After the four-goals each from Mscisz, Robbins and Jemo, Roy ended the afternoon with a three-goal effort. Chesley Hooker (1 goal, 2 assists), DeCanio (1 goal, 1 assist) and Peterson (1 goal), rounded out the Blue attack.
Roy led the way on the draw, recording a game-high seven draw controls, while also recording two ground balls. Nicole Hatem added two draw controls and two ground balls, while Caitlin Crawford picked up two caused turnovers in the victory. In goal for the Blue, Tori Hysko recorded the victory, playing all 60 minutes and making six saves.
NEC's limited offense was led by Merce who scored twice for the Pilgrims, while Hatsis and Bois added solo goals. Gabriella Bigos paced NEC with five draw controls, while Bois scooped up three ground balls.
In goal for the Pilgrims, Kelly Metz saw the bulk of the action, recording five saves.
Wellesley will next hit the field on Saturday, March 30 when the Blue host NEWMAC foe Mount Holyoke College on Senior Day. NEC returns to action on Saturday, March 30th when they host NAC opponent Husson University.