DANBURY, Conn. – Freshman Lindsey Eanniello and senior Kelsey Heaton each produced six goals to guide Western Connecticut State University past the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth women's lacrosse team, 19-10, in the opening day of Little East Conference competition at the Western Athletic Complex on Saturday afternoon.
Along with six goals, Eanniello distributed a pair of assists, while Heaton dished out a helper. The duo also combined for 14 draw control wins to power the Colonials commanding 21-9 advantage. Freshman Olivia Kosilla contributed four strikes and handed out an assist, while senior Destinee Carey added two goals and assists.
Junior Colleen Kane (Arlington, Mass.) led the way for the Corsairs with three scores and an assist. Through four games, Kane ranks highest on the team in goals (17) and points (19). Sophomores Kelly Kryzak (Salisbury, Mass.) and Catrina Longo (Billerica, Mass.) registered two goals each, while freshman Erin Kish (Littleton, Mass.), Erin Geraghty (Cornwall, N.Y.) and Louisa Stansbury (Milford, Mass.) all cracked the scoring the column.
In the first half, Eanniello and Heaton scored all nine goals for Western Connecticut (4-4, 1-0 LEC) to give the home team a 9-2 advantage at the break. The Colonials found the back of the net in its first three possessions to give them an early 3-0 lead. Kryzak halted the Colonial's run with her fifth goal of the season with just over 25 minutes left in the first half.
Over the next three minutes, Eanniello and Heaton each tallied a marker to increase Western Connecticut's lead to four scores. Following a ten minute score-less drought, Kane recorded an unassisted goal to whittle the deficit down to 5-2. In the final 12 minutes of the first, the Colonials added four consecutive goals.
After Kane converted a free-position opportunity to open the second half, Western Connecticut received two goals from Kosilla and one from Ellie Calcavecchio and Carey to increase the score to 13-3 with 23:51 remaining in regulation. UMass Dartmouth went on a three-goal charge to bring the visitors within seven. Eanniello shifted the momentum back to the Colonials when she put home her fifth score of the game off a setup from teammate Raquel Heltor at the 16:17 mark. Western Connecticut outscored the Corsairs, 5-4, in the remaining minutes to secure the win.
In net, Nicole Petruzzi earned her fourth win of the year as she stopped nine shots, while freshman Erin LeBlanc (Walpole, Mass.) recorded 10 saves for the second consecutive game for UMass Dartmouth.
The Colonials held the advantage in shots (38-24), while the Corsairs held a slim lead in ground balls (26-25) and converted 4-of-6 free position attempts, compared to 2-for-11 for Western Connecticut.
UMass Dartmouth (1-4, 0-1 LEC) returns to action at 4pm on Wednesday, April 1, when the Corsairs host conference opponent Salem State.