2017-04-12 / Sports

UNE women’s lacrosse delivers big win over Gordon

By RYDER SCHUMACHER
Staff Writer

BIDDEFORD — The University on New England women’s lacrosse team improved to 7-6 on the season with a sizeable 20-4 victory over conference opponent Wentworth Institute of Technology yesterday afternoon, bringing the WIT squad to 2-10 on the season.

The teams remained close after UNE jumped ahead early in the game with 2-0 lead. By the end of the half the Nor’easters held a comfortable 9-3 lead, with goals from eight different UNE players. The team then exploded in the second half with nine unanswered goals, eight of which coming in the opening 10 minutes. Freshman Anna Stowell led the team with five goals, with senior Natasha Marie providing a team high three assists.

“I think they played like a team. They moved the ball around, they took care of it and they played together the whole game,” said UNE head coach Sue Estabrook. “Everyone was out there playing conjointly and it really showed.”

The Nor'easters made a point at halftime to build on their lead with equally aggressive play, Estabrook said, as if they were down. In the end, the squad finished with their second highest goal total on the season.

Next the team takes on Gordon College, another conference competitor. Gordon currently sits at 8-4 on the season.

“They are good, they’re great in conference play,” Estabrook said. “But we’re going to take this win and bring the momentum into next Wednesday and see what happens ... just keep on moving forward.”

The Nor’easters are now situated at No. 3 in the Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC), with Roger Williams in second and Endicott College sitting undefeated in first. UNE remains one spot ahead of Gordon in the standings due to one additional win in conference play.

If the CCC tournament were to begin now, the Nor’easters would likely be slotted into the quarterfinal as a three seed, with a game against the number six seed.

After the upcoming April 19 match against Gordon away, the team closes the regular season with two conference games against second place Roger Williams and fifth place Curry College.

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