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VASSAR W-LAX STRIKES QUICKLY AFTER BREAK, EDGES EASTERN

Brewers score four goals in four minutes early in second half in 13-11 win

wayte raw_0093.JPGPOUGHKEEPSIE, N.Y. - The Eastern Connecticut State WARRIORlogo2009_72dpi.jpgUniversity women's lacrosse team kept Vassar College off the board for the first 15 minutes of the game but the Brewers used a quick second-half start to post a 13-11 non-conference victory over the Warriors Wednesday night.

At left: Brooke Wayte

Eastern (1-3) forged the fourth and final tie of the match on senior attack Courtney Bedocs' (Hamden) second goal of the year 74 seconds into the second half, but Vassar (3-1) answered with four in a row in a span of four minutes - with junior midfielder Sarah Warner scoring twice and assisting on one - to take command of an 11-7 lead. The Warriors never go closer than two the rest of the way.

Playing its first game up north after a three-game trip to West Palm Beach, Vassar won its third in a row. Eastern was coming off its first win of the season eight days ago. Three of Vassar's matches have been decided by a total of four goals.

Eastern got out to a quick 3-0 start -- holding the hosts scoreless over the first 15 minutes -- but was never able to connect on as many as three consecutive goals the rest of the way.

Eastern senior attack Brooke Wayte (Bellport, NY) doubled her season goal total with four strikes  -- three coming on unassisted goals in the final 20 minutes of the contest.  Seven additional players had one each for the Warriors.

Senior midfielder Taylor MacDonald (Oak Bluffs,MA), last week's Little East Conference Defensive Player-of-the-Week, won half of the  team's 14 draws and had five ground balls. MacDonald pulled to within one draw control of tying the career record of 189, held by Mo Deegan (2002-05).

Senior attack Ashley Del Vecchio (Fairfield) led all Eastern players with five ground balls, helping the Warriors collected a season-high total of 38.

Warner led all players in the game with five goals to improve her team-leading total to 15.

Freshman goalie Nancy Ibrahim (Lindenhurst, NY) made seven saves for Eastern.

The match between these teams was the second close one in as many contests in this series. Last year at Mansfield, the Warriors emerged with an 11-10 victory in triple overtime - the longest game in Eastern history.

The Warriors host Roger Williams University Saturday at 1 p.m.