DARTMOUTH, Mass. -- Senior Brooke Paradis (Pelham, N.H.) scored five goals and added three assists for eight points as Wentworth held off a furious charge in the closing minutes to post a 13-12 non-league college women’s lacrosse victory over UMass Dartmouth Thursday afternoon at Cressy Field.
The visiting Leopards, who are off to their best start in program history at 6-0, used a hat trick from Paradis and two tallies from sophomore Emily Rogers (Pembroke, Mass.) in the opening nine-plus minutes to take a 5-0 advantage, but the host Corsairs (1-3) scored four of the next five goals to pull back to within two (6-4) on senior Brooke Martel’s (Haverhill, Mass.) man-up marker with 5:33 remaining in the half. Wentworth extended its edge to 8-5 at the break before netting five of the first six goals after intermission, as two goals each from Paradis and Rogers helped give the Leopards a 13-6 lead with 22:38 to play in the match.
That score held up until the midway point of the second half when UMass Dartmouth began a run of six unanswered tallies to close out the contest, as Martel and junior Sam Muir (Sturbridge, Mass.) each scored twice in that span to help cut the Corsair deficit to two (13-11) with 3:31 remaining. The visitors won the ensuing draw but turned the ball over on a yellow card with 1:38 to play, but the hosts weren’t able to capitalize until junior Joria Todd’s (Upton, Mass.) marker as the horn sounded accounted for the final margin.
Rogers added an assist to her four scores to finish with five points in the win for Wentworth, which received a hat trick and a helper from freshman Jorgie Pashalian (Cranston, R.I.) as well as a goal and an assist from junior Marissa Nelson (Cranston, R.I.). Senior Jenna Tetreau (Dudley, Mass.) and junior Shannon Sturtz (Littleton, Mass.) each added assists for the Leopards, who held a 19-7 edge in draw controls for the contest.
Muir finished with a hat trick and an assist for four points in the setback for UMass Dartmouth, which also received a hat trick from Martel along with two goals and two helpers from senior Brooke Scahill (Gales Ferry, Conn.). Todd and freshman Isabella Mancini (Bellingham, Mass.) added two tallies each for the Corsairs, who converted five free position shots on the day.
Sophomore Lily Kuhns (Gloucester, Mass.) picked up her fifth win of the season with a nine-save effort in goal for Wentworth, while senior Kaitlyn Burchill (Bridgewater, Mass.) made 16 stops in the setback for UMass Dartmouth. The Leopards outshot the Corsairs by a 36-25 margin overall (29-21 on goal) in the first all-time meeting between the two teams.
UMass Dartmouth travels to Salem, Mass. on Saturday afternoon to take on Salem State in a non-league outing that begins at Noon, while Wentworth hosts Western New England in its Commonwealth Coast Conference opener on Sunday afternoon in Boston beginning at 1:00 pm.
(Photo Credit: Lyrik Gelmete '21)