Coast Guard Pulls Away For 10-7 NEWMAC Win Over Wellesley Lacrosse

First year Lorna Li made 12 saves in the setback (Frank Poulin).
First year Lorna Li made 12 saves in the setback (Frank Poulin).

WELLESLEY, Mass. -- The U.S. Coast Guard Academy outscored Wellesley College lacrosse 5-2 in the second half to earn a 10-7 New England Women's & Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) victory on Wednesday afternoon at the Wellesley Fields Complex.

Coast Guard is now 5-9 overall and 2-3 in NEWMAC games. Wellesley has now lost four straight to drop to 5-9 on the season and 1-5 in conference.

First year Maddie Rizzuto (Yardley, Pa.) finished with one goal and three assists to lead Coast Guard. Sophomore Haley Howard (Wilton, Conn.) scored a hat trick, while classmate Haley McCue (Arnold, Md.) chipped in with a goal and two assists. Sophomore Luisa Santos (Leesburg, Va.) and classmate Etta Davis (Great Falls, Va.) each tallied a goal and an assist, with Davis adding a team-high five ground balls and four draw controls. 

Senior Dacia Persky (Las Vegas, Nev.) scored four goals to lead the Blue. Classmate Olivia Strobl (Stafford, Va.) added a goal and two assists, while first years Eleanor Mallett (Berwick, Maine) and Izzy Burdick (Scarborough, Maine) also netted goals for the Blue. Junior Maya Sullivan (Cumberland, R.I.) scooped up a game-high five ground balls in the setback.

McCue helped Coast Guard jump to a 3-1 lead, setting-up Howard for the game's first goal at 26:38 and Davis at 15:40, before scoring her 11th of the year on an assist from Davis at 14:59. Mallett cut the Blue deficit to one at 9:57, but the Bears would go on to take a 5-2 advantage when Howard completed a first half hat trick with goals at 9:12 and 7:54. The Blue responded to tie the game before the break. Strobl set-up goals by Persky at 6:02 and Burdick at 4:40, before Persky scored her third of the game on a free position goal in the final minute of the first to knot the game at 5-5. 

Coast Guard broke the tie 4:06 into the second on the 12th of the year from Carter Sanderson (Stillwater, Minn.). Persky countered to tie the game at 19:22, but Santos set-up Kathrine Pittman (Nantucket, Mass.) at 18:46 before scoring at 18:12 to put the Bears up for good. Strobl cut the lead to one, at 8-7, with a goal at 16:17, but goals from Emily Rivera (Juneau, Alaska) and Rizzuto sealed the 10-7 win for the Bears.

Coast Guard finished with a 38-19 lead in shots and a 26-19 advantage in ground balls. Coast Guard goalkeeper Mary Budri (Falmouth, Maine) made five saves to earn the win (4-8). Wellesley first year Lorna Li (Taunton, Mass.) totaled 12 stops in the loss (4-7).

Both teams will host NEWMAC games on Saturday, April 20, at 12:00 PM. Wellesley will welcome Springfield for Senior Day and Coast Guard will host Mount Holyoke.