BRISTOL, R.I. –(RWU) Taylor Thomas (Neeham, Mass.) scored three goals to lead the Connecticut College Women's Lacrosse Team to a 9-6 victory against Roger Williams University in Bristol, R.I. Wednesday.
Charlotte McAuley (Summit, N.J.) chipped in with two goals for the winning side. Tina Balzotti (Duxbury, Mass.), Hannah Donegan (Great Falls, Va.), Lowell Abbott (Manchester, Mass.) and Caroline Moore (Ridgewood, N.J.) all contriubuted with scores for the Camels.
Connecticut College evened its record at 3-3, while the Hawks slipped to 2-4.
Roger Williams opened the scoring at 22:49 when Jessica Searl (Glastonbury, Conn.) found a crease in the defense to finish on her own. The Camels answered at 21:57 with a goal by Lowell Abbott that brought the game to square. The Camels scored their second goal when Charlotte McAuley found some shooting space at 19:55 to take a one up lead. The Camels increased the advantage when Tina Balzotti found her mark at 13:46 setting the score to 1-3 for Camels.
The Hawks answered at 11:54 when Searl found a cutting Kelsey Rahilly (E. Longmeadow, Mass.) in front of the goal. Rahilly dished to McKenna Everding (Fayetteville, N.Y.) for the finish that squared the contest at 11:38. Mackenzie Logan (Sussex, N.J.) put the Hawks back on top with an unassisted goal at 10:32.
Thomas answered with the next two scores for the Camels at 9:09 and :05 to take the 4-5 lead into halftime.
The Camels' McAuley scored the first goal of the second half, curling around the goal and finding the net in the bottom right hand corner. Hannah Donegan drove left and beat the goalie low off the bounce bringing the score to 4-7. Caroline Moore found the net on a free position attempt that found its mark in the low left corner.
Thomas turned a yellow card into a fast break transition that she finished herself in the bottom left corner to give the visitors a comfortable five goal advantage.
Kristen Pingree (Georgetown, Mass.) brought the Hawks within four goals when she slipped between two defenders and finished her drive with a shot that found the net in the bottom left corner. Samantha Davenport (Bethel, Conn.) put one last goal in the net for the Hawks on fast break assist created by Machette.
Connecticut out-shot the Hawks 22-11 and held a slight advantage in ground balls.
Allisa Dalpe (East Falmouth, Mass.) had two saves in the win while Kimberly Bolk (Jefferson Station, N.Y.) stopped six shots in the loss.
Thomas leads the Camels with 10 goals in the early season. Balzotti has chipped in with eight goals in her rookie season while Donegan has emerged as an immediate contributor with six goals, 18 draws, 11 ground balls and three caused turnovers.
Dalpe is averaging eight saves per start in her first month of play in goal.