WORCESTER, MA – Junior midfielder Brooke Baldelli (New Fairfield, CT) tallied four goals including the game-winner in overtime to lead the Western Connecticut State University women's lacrosse team to a thrilling 15-14 win at Worcester State in a non-conference matchup on Sunday afternoon. With the win, the Colonials improved to 4-1 overall while the Lancers dropped to 2-2.
Senior midfielders Samantha Lawlor (Brookfield, CT) and Lauren Bradshaw (Bethel, CT) each netted hat tricks, while Lawlor also dished out four assists for the visitors. Baldelli notched a helper as well.
Madison Brennan paced the hosts with five goals while four other players notched two goals apiece.
Sophomore goalkeeper Jennifer Sawicki (Westbury, NY) improved to 4-1 while stopping 13 shots for WestConn, while Chloe O'Brien fell to 2-2 and recorded nine saves for Worcester State.
Despite being outshot by a 41-29 margin, the Colonials capitalized on their free position shots, netting six goals, while the Lancers managed four.
"Today was an unbelievable win. We came out strong to take a 3-0 lead but Worcester countered with five unanswered," said WestConn head coach Jenn Thomas. "It was a battle the rest of the way but our team had a mission to come up on top in OT. Coleman stepped up with rebound goals, while Lawlor had a great day on the offensive side. Katie Keane also made some incredible defensive stops. We are celebrating this win but resetting quickly for tomorrow's game against Farmingdale," she concluded.
It was a game of runs in the early going. After Worcester seized the 5-3 lead, WestConn retaliated with a five-goal spurt of their own to capture an 8-5 advantage early in the second half.
The Colonials led 14-13 before Brennan struck for her fifth goal off a feed from Kelly Austin with 27 seconds remaining in regulation to force the extra session. However, Baldelli buried her team-leading 23rd goal of the season off a nifty pass from Lawlor, cementing the victory.
This game was originally scheduled for yesterday but was postponed due to poor field conditions. WestConn travels to Farmingdale State tomorrow at 4 p.m. in a game that was originally scheduled for several weeks ago, but was also postponed due to snow.