Furious Second Half Rally Falls Short for Women's Lacrosse Against New England College

Furious Second Half Rally Falls Short for Women's Lacrosse Against New England College

WATERVILLE, Maine --- After spotting visiting New England College a 10-0 halftime lead, the Thomas College women's lacrosse team responded with seven second-half goals but came out on the short end of a 13-7 decision in a North Atlantic Conference contest Saturday at Smith Field.

The Pilgrims (4-5, 2-1 NAC) wasted little time getting on the board as Kasondra Moniz scored off a assist from Allison Granata just 44 second in. Tara Bainbridge, Gabriella Bigos and Alana Scott added goals off free-position shots and Elizabeth Bois scored off another assist from Granata to put NEC up 5-0 before 10 minutes had ticked off the clock.

Granata added a tally of her own at the 15:39 mark, while Moniz added her second just over a minute later. Both goals came off assists from Bainbridge. Bainbridge scored her second at the 10:50 mark off an assist from Granata to extend the lead to 8-0.

New England College took a 10-0 lead into the halftime break after Moniz tallied a man-up goal with 7:39 to play and Bigos added her second goal just 23 seconds later.

The Terriers (1-5, 1-2 NAC) finally got on the board with 20:07 remaining in the game when junior Sophia LaVallee (Pawling, N.Y. / Pawling) scored an unassisted man-down goal. Sophomore Samantha Greenlaw (Windham, Maine / Windham) added an unassisted goal 90 seconds later to make it 10-2, then senior Erin Nelligan (Walpole, Mass. / Walpole) recorded three unanswered goals - all off Greenlaw assists - to cut the NEC advantage to 10-5 with 14:08 to play.

Bigos stopped the Thomas rally with a man-up goal off a free-position shot with 11:15 to play. 

Greenlaw countered with an unassisted goal at the 9:36 mark to make it 11-6.

After a lull in scoring, Bois registered a man-up unassisted tally with 1:49 left. 

LaVallee scored her second of the half with 39 seconds left off an assist from sophomore Kimberly Bourque (Augusta, Maine / Cony), but Bainbridge responded with a goal with 14 seconds left to close the scoring. Granata was credited with her fourth assist on the play.

Bainbridge finished with three goals, two assists and caused a pair of turnovers. Bigos finished with three goals, six ground balls, controlled six draws and caused three turnovers. Granata had a goal and four assists, five ground balls, four draws controlled and four turnovers caused.

Mackenzie Meegan (4-5) grabbed the win for the Pilgrims, making eight saves on 15 shots. 

Nelligan registered three goals on 10 shots while scoooping up a game-high eight ground balls and caused four turnovers. LaVallee had a pair of goals, four ground balls and three caused turnovers, while Greenlaw had two goals, three assists and controlled five draws.

Senior Brittany Fox (Lovell, Maine / Fryeburg Academy) matched Meegan with eight saves and took the loss for Thomas. She also had seven ground balls.

The Pilgrims held a 13-9 advantage in draw controls and a 37-30 edge in ground balls, while converting four of six free-position shots. The Terriers held a slim 26-25 edge in shots, but were 0-for-4 on free-position shots.

Thomas closes out its three-game homestand on Tuesday when Johnson State comes to Waterville for a 7 p.m. contest. NEC steps out of conference play to host Elmira at 3 p.m. Sunday before entertaining Green Mountain for a NAC matchup at 7 p.m. Wednesday.