PLYMOUTH, NH - Despite game-highs of four goals and two assists from senior midfielder Destinee Carey (New Milford, CT), the WestConn women's lacrosse team was downed at Little East Conference rival Plymouth State, 13-10, in a contest played at The Holderness School on Saturday morning. Rookie attacker Geovanna Badaro (Fairfield, CT) chipped in with two goals, while junor midfielder Olivia Kosilla (Ellington, CT) added a goal and a helper to go along with a game-high six draw controls for the Colonials.
WestConn held an advantage in the draw control, 14-11. However, the hosts outshot the Colonials, 33-23, and earned the groundball victory, 13-8, while also converting 5-for-8 free position shots. WestConn senior goalkeeper Missy O'Donnell (Bridgeport, CT) finished with 14 saves and fell to 5-7, while Plymouth goalie Meg Brault recorded seven and improved to 5-2.
"We played great, but we didn't play the full 60 minutes. The 50/50 groundballs hurt us in the second half. Carey was essential to our offense as we took control of the game in our attacking end. We are thrilled because that is something we've been working on the entire season, but now we have to learn to work for the full 60 minutes," said WestConn head coach Jennifer Thomas following the defeat.
The Panthers tallied the first three goals to begin the contest. The Colonials sliced the deficit to 3-2 on scoring strikes from Badaro and sophomore midfielder Lauren Bradshaw (Bethel, CT). Plymouth countered with three of the next four goals, extending their lead to 6-3 midway thru the first half. WestConn answered with a four-goal spurt to capture a 7-6 advantage heading into the break. Carey began the flurry, netting a free position goal before she earned a hat trick with an unassisted tally.
The hosts regained the lead when Caroline Vonachen scored less than two minutes in the second half, setting the count at 8-7. Shortly thereafter, the Colonials knotted the score at 9-9 when senior Andrea Tarsi (Danbury, CT) found the back of the net with a player advantage. However, the Panthers retaliated with a 4-1 run to end the contest and improve to 5-2 overall and 2-0 in league play. The Colonials fell to 5-7 and 0-2.
WestConn returns to action at LEC foe UMass-Dartmouth on Tuesday at 7 p.m.