DARTMOUTH, Mass. -- Freshman Eleanor Mallett (Berwick, Maine) scored seven goals and added an assist for eight points to lead Wellesley to a 21-11 non-league college women’s lacrosse victory over UMass Dartmouth Tuesday evening at Cressy Field.
The visiting Blue (3-2) scored the first five goals of the contest to build a 10-3 advantage at the break, as Mallett and seniors Dacia Persky (Las Vegas, Nev.) and Ellie Chalphin (Philadelphia, Pa.) combined for seven of those tallies. The host Corsairs (1-2) sliced their deficit to five in the opening 1:28 after intermission on markers from junior Sam Muir (Sturbridge, Mass.) and senior Brooke Scahill (Gales Ferry, Conn.), but Wellesley responded by scoring nine of the game’s next 12 goals (including three more by Mallett) over a 14-minute stretch to ice its triumph.
Persky collected five goals in the win for the Blue, which received a hat trick and a helper off the stick of Chalphin along with a five-point performance (two tallies, three assists) from freshman Izzy Burdick (Scarborough, Maine). Senior Lena Engbretson (Beaverton, Ore.) chipped in with a goal and two assists for the winners, who received a marker each off the sticks of sophomores Ella Matticks (Minneapolis, Minn.), Kat Gallison (Portsmouth, R.I.) and Louise Conaty (Wilmington, Del.). Senior Olivia Strobl (Stafford, Va.) added three assists for Wellesley, which held a 19-14 advantage in draw controls and a 33-23 edge in ground balls for the contest.
Scahill netted four goals in the setback for UMass Dartmouth, which received a hat trick and an assist from Muir along with two tallies from freshman Isabella Mancini (Bellingham, Mass.). Freshman Hannah Niemi (Fairhaven, Mass.) notched a goal and an assist for the Corsairs, who received a marker off the stick of senior Brooke Martel (Haverhill, Mass.). Freshman Lorna Li (Taunton, Mass.) picked up the win in goal with an eight save effort for Wellesley, while junior Bridget Harrington (Florence, Mass.) also made eight stops in the setback for UMass Dartmouth, as the Blue outshot the Corsairs by a 37-26 margin overall that included a 29-19 advantage in shots on goal.
UMass Dartmouth hosts Wentworth in a non-league outing on Thursday afternoon at Cressy Field beginning at 4:00 pm, while Wellesley opens New England Women’s & Men’s Athletic Conference action on Saturday afternoon by entertaining Babson in a league match in Wellesley, Mass. that begins at Noon.
(Photo Credit: Rainier Almonte '19)