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Westfield State and Worcester State Move on to Women's Lacrosse Semifinals

Westfield State and Worcester State Move on to Women's Lacrosse Semifinals

After winning their MASCAC Women's Lacrosse quarterfinal games on Tuesday night, Westfield State and Worcester State are moving on to the semifinals on Thursday.

#3 Westfield State 17, #6 Salem State 2          Box Score

Westfield Mass. - Westfield State senior attack Elizabeth Navoni (Mansfield Mass.) scored five goals, while senior Marissa Nimeskern (Hanover, Mass.) scored her 100th career goal, to help lead the women's lacrosse team to a 17-2 victory over Salem State in the Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference (MASCAC) women's lacrosse tournament quarterfinals Tuesday night.

Navoni wasted no time in this one, scoring two goals within the first 6 minutes of the game to give the Owls an early 2-0 lead.

Fellow seniors Allie Fedak (Wilbraham, Mass.) and Alexa Tonelli (Shrewsbury, Mass.) went on to score back to back goals within 15 seconds of each other to extend Westfield's lead to 4-0 with 19:34 remaining in the half.

Salem State would get one back at 17:38 in the first half on a nice goal from sophomore Taylor Lund (Woburn, Mass.) to bring the score to 4-1, but that was as close as the Vikings would get it.

The Owls went on to score the next seven goals of the contest to put it out of reach, stretching the lead to 13-1 with 20:40 remaining in the game.

Tonelli netted a goal to go along with four assists in the win, while senior Sidney Lambert (Hanover, Mass.) chipped in with two goals and an assist of her own. Rachel Gelina (Westfield, Mass.) and Hayley Rodriguez (Melrose, Mass.) each added a goal and three assists.

Senior defense Caroline Arket (Poughquag, N.Y.) also netted the first goal of her collegiate career in the win.

Westfield had an outstanding game on the defensive side of the ball, forcing 26 turnovers and recovering 29 ground balls in the win.

Senior Maria Woodall (Norfolk, Mass.) freshman Sam Simonetty (Poughquag, N.Y.) and sophomore Emma Duffy (Braintree, Mass.) combined to allow just two goals in net for Westfield State.

Salem was led by sophomores Taylor Lund (Woburn, Mass.) and Kirsten Bradley (Peabody, Mass.) who each netted a goal in the loss.

The Owls improve to 9-9 on the year with the win, while the Vikings finish their season with a record of 3-15.

Westfield State will continue their quest for their third straight MASCAC championship in the semifinals Thursday, May 2nd at 7pm, where they will travel to face #2-seed Bridgewater State.

#4 Worcester State 12, #5 Mass. Maritime 6    Box Score

WORCESTER, Mass. - The Worcester State University women's lacrosse team earned a 12-6 victory over Massachusetts Maritime Academy Tuesday night at Coughlin Field in the Quarterfinals of the Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference Tournament.

With the victory, Worcester State moves to 11-5 on the season, and moves on to face Framingham State Thursday night in the MASCAC Semifinals. Mass. Maritime's season comes to an end with a record of 9-8.

Junior Cammi Balentine (Haverhill, Mass.) opened the scoring for the Buccaneers just 1:06 into the contest, and goals from Anna Deely (Marstons Mills, Mass.) and Casey Sullivan (Sagamore Beach, Mass.) had the visitors on top 3-1 just 5:44 into the game. 

Worcester State would rally for four of the half's final five goals to take a 5-4 lead into the break. Freshman Madison Brennan (Pomfret, Conn.) scored a pair of first half tallies, while Abby Magnuson (Ellington, Conn.), Kylie Hill (Lunenburg, Mass.), and Kelly Austin (Brimfield, Mass.) all added single markers.

The Lancers rattled off five unanswered goals to take an 11-4 lead exactly midway through the half to take firm control of the contest. Sullivan and Deely each scored late tallies for the guests, but it proved to be too little too late for the Buccaneers as Worcester State closed out the victory and punched its ticket to Thursday's semifinal.

Magnuson finished with a game-high four goals in the win, matching a career-high. Austin and Hill each finished with two goals and two assists for the Lancers. Leading the way for Mass. Maritime was Deely, who recorded a hat trick to go along with nine ground balls.

Both goalkeepers impressed on the night, as Worcester State's Chloe O'Brien (Sturbridge, Mass.) got the win with 12 saves, including 10 in the second half alone. Freshman Laura Kleber (Westport, Mass.) turned aside 14 shots in the losing effort.

Releases courtesy of Westfield and Worcester Sports Information