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Fitchburg State and Framingham State Advance to MASCAC Women's Lacrosse Tournament Semifinals

Fitchburg State and Framingham State Advance to MASCAC Women's Lacrosse Tournament Semifinals

After winning their respective quarterfinal matchups on Tuesday night, Fitchburg State and Framingham State move on to the MASCAC Women's Lacrosse Tournament semifinals on Thursday.

#3 Framingham State 19, #6 Worcester State 10 Box Score

Framingham, Mass. – The Framingham State University women's lacrosse team received seven goals from junior Kimmy Foley (Mansfield, Mass.) as the Rams defeated Worcester State University 19-10 in one quarterfinal of the 2017 MASCAC Women's Lacrosse Tournament this evening at Maple Street Field.     

With the win, Rams improve to 12-6 on the year and advance to face second seed Westfield State University in Westfield on Thursday night at 7 p.m. in one semifinal.  Worcester State sees their season come to a close at 5-13.

Foley led all players with her seven goals, while freshman Nicole Pacheco (Woburn, Mass.) added four goals.  Freshman Audrey Duaime (Belchertown, Mass.) chipped in with three goals, while sophomore Shae Riley (Fairhaven, Mass.) and freshman Grace Gamache (Dartmouth, Mass.) chipped in with two apiece.

The Lancers were paced by three goals and two assists from junior Mackenzie Little (Marlboro, Mass.), while senior Alaina Martin (E. Longmeadow, Mass.) also found the back of the net three times.  Senior Angelina Sutherland (Tyngsboro, Mass.) chipped in with five assists and a goal.

The Rams jumped out to a 5-1 lead just under 10 minutes into the half with Pacheco finding the back of the net twice.  The Lancers answered with a spurt of their own to pull within one (5-4) on a tally by Little with 18 minutes left in the first.

The Rams closed the opening half with a 6-1 run taking an 11-5 lead at the break. Foley found the back of the net four times during the run, while Duhaime connected twice.

The Rams pushed the lead to 17-6 on a marker from Gamache with just over 15 minutes remaining in the game.  The Lancers cut the deficit to nine with a pair of goals in the final three minutes.

Sophomore Indigo Fox Tree-McGrath (Bedford, Mass.) earned the win in net making eight saves, while Krissy Pessa took the loss while making six stops.


#4 Fitchburg State 9, #5 Salem State 6 Box Score

Fitchburg, Mass. – The third seeded Fitchburg State University women's lacrosse team downed the sixth seeded Vikings of Salem State, 9-6 in quarterfinal action of the 2017 Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference (MASCAC) tournament at Elliot Field on Tuesday evening. With the win the Falcons improve to 11-7 and advances to the conference semifinals. The Vikings conclude the 2017 campaign at 5-12.

Fitchburg will travel to the #1 seed Bridgewater State Bears on Thursday evening for the semifinal match, action will begin at 6:00 PM.

The Falcons were paced by junior Carrie Long, senior Ali Laferriere and junior Lia Crutchfield. Long's stat line read 2 goals, one assist, six groundballs and 6 caused turnovers. Laferriere had four points (2 goals, 2 assists) with two groundballs, while Crutchfield combed the backline with five groundballs, one caused turnover and a tally.

Salem was led by junior attacker Bridget Lawless and junior Courtney Smith.  Lawless had a game-high three goals, and a groundball while Smith had a pair of markers. Senior Carolyn Woodin anchored the Viking defense with five groundballs, a pair of caused turnovers and a helper.

Fitchburg State opened the scoring with a man-up goal from Long before the Vikings responded with the 41st goal if the season from Smith to knot the score. The Falcons poured in four straight off four different sticks to push the lead to 5-1. Laferriere, freshman Tracy Long and senior Andrea Comeau along with Crutchfield tipped the twine in the scoring spree. However, Lawless found the back of the net with no time remaining in the frame to cut the deficit to 5-2 at intermission.

After the break, C. Long converted a free position shot and Laferriere followed with another tally to increase the home advantage to 7-2 with 28 minutes to play. The Vikings tightened up on defense and outscored the Falcons 4-0 over a nine minute span to make it a one-goal game with nine to play.

Laferriere found an open Nicole Lee and Kayla Panek added a goal late to seal the victory (9-6) and advance to the MASCAC semifinals.

Throughout the contest, Fitchburg State finished with a 30-20 margin in shots and 30-27 advantage in ground balls. In goal, sophomore Marguerite Belcher stopped thirteen shots for the Falcons in the completer game effort, while freshman Karlie McLear made seven saves for the visitors in 60 minutes of work.

Releases courtesy of Fitchburg State and Framingham State Sports Information