Phillips leads second half rally with four points
BRIDGEWATER, Mass. (March 30, 2017) – The Western New England University women's lacrosse team overcame 7-2 second half deficit with six unanswered goals on its way to an 8-7 victory over Bridgewater State University on Thursday evening in non-conference action at Swenson Field.
• Freshman Lindsey Phillips (East Longmeadow, Mass.) fueled the second half rally, tallying all four of her points (three goals, one assist) over the final 25 minutes of regulation.
• Junior Rachel Canning (Lincoln Park, N.J.) and sophomore Kristen Breen (Ellington, Conn.) also posted multi-point efforts, as Canning recorded two goals and Breen finished with one goal and one assist.
• Graduate midfielder Emma Norden (Belchertown, Mass.) chipped in with four ground balls, four caused turnovers and two draw controls.
• Senior Melissa Renauld (Framingham, Mass.) powered the Bridgewater State offense with three goals and two assists, while freshman Victoria McDonough (Marshfield, Mass.) added two points (one goal, one assist).
• Bridgewater State opened up an early 2-0 lead on goals by McDonough (28:53) and Renauld (24:43).
• After freshman Madison Barron (Lebanon, Pa.) got the Golden Bears on the board at the 19:48 mark, Bridgewater State responded with a 4-0 run to open up a commanding 6-1 advantage with 4:42 left in the first half.
• Breen scored in the closing seconds of the half as Western New England pulled to within four (6-2) at the break.
• Junior Brooke Buckner (Foxboro, Mass.) restored the home team's five-goal lead just 46 seconds into the second half, but the Western New England defense would clamp down from there, shutting out Bridgewater State over the final 29:14.
• A pair of quick goals by Phillips at 24:57 and 24:06 cut Western New England's deficit to three (7-4), and Canning converted a free position shot at the 18:42 mark to make it a two-goal game.
• Phillips then set up classmate Eileen Ruby (New Fairfield, Conn.) with 17:03 to play, before netting the game-tying goal on a free position attempt with 11:45 on the clock.
• Canning completed the second half rally at the 8:01 mark, scoring her second goal of the night on an assist from Breen.
• Norden caused a pair of key turnovers down the stretch as the Golden Bears held on for the comeback victory.
• After being outshot 14-11 in the first half, Western New England held a 15-8 advantage in the second half.
• The Golden Bears held a slight edge in draw controls (8-7) and ground balls (14-12)
• Phillips has scored 3+ goals in four of nine games this season.
Western New England (3-6) returns home to host the University of New England on Saturday, while Bridgewater State (4-5) hosts MCLA.