Bears Power Past Corsairs

Bears Power Past Corsairs

NORTON, Mass. – Bridgewater State University sophomore Melissa Renauld (Framingham, Mass.) and junior Lauren Geary (Hull, Mass.) combined for nine points to power the Bears to a 15-4 victory over the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth this afternoon in a NCAA Division III women's lacrosse contest at Nordin Field on the campus of Wheaton College.

Bridgewater State earned its first victory of the season to even its record at 1-1, while the Corsairs dropped to 0-2.

Renauld produced a game-high five points, including four goals, to lead the Bears. Geary tallied four markers, including a pair of goals in each half, while senior Riley Cachelin (Westwood, Mass.) recorded a goal and three assists for four points.  Junior Marissa Yowell (Ashland, Mass.) contributed a hat trick to the offensive rush.  Geary also won five draw controls and scooped up three ground balls. Sophomore Allie Forman (Marblehead, Mass.) made 10 saves to earn the win

Sophomore Kelly Kryzak (Salisbury, Mass.) fueled the UMass Dartmouth offense for the second straight contest with one goal and two assists for three points.  Junior Colleen Kane (Arlington, Mass.), sophomore Kathryn Gibb (Georgetown, Mass.) and freshman Raquel Riley (Wakefield, Mass.) scored their first goals of the season.  Senior Sarah Kalmes (Billerica, Mass.) coordinated the defense with three caused turnovers and four ground balls.

Freshman Erin LeBlanc (Walpole, Mass.) was under fire all afternoon as the Bears took at least 12 shots in each frame, finishing with a 32-17 shot advantage. She made seven of her 11 stops in the first half to match her season-high.

Bridgewater State took control of the contest from the opening draw, scoring just 37 seconds into regulation.  The Bears netted a pair of goals within 15 seconds to race out to a 4-0 lead and force a Corsair timeout.

UMass Dartmouth responded after the stoppage in play as Kane put the hosts' on the board at the 6:20 mark.  The Corsairs tried to ride their momentum, but Forman made a pair of point-blank saves to stop the surge. Bridgewater State regained its offensive spark, scoring six unanswered goals to take a 10-2 lead into the halftime intermission.

The Bears continued to apply the offensive pressure, accounting for three of the first four goals to build a 13-3 lead. Bridgewater State would not let its advantage dip below nine over the final 16 minutes.

UMass Dartmouth will return to action at 1 p.m. on Sunday, March 15, when the Corsairs travel to Saint Joseph's (Maine).