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Extended first-half scoring drought costly for Warriors in 18-9 loss

IMG_6702.JPGMANSFIELD, Conn. -  The Eastern Connecticut State University women's lacrosse team went 16 minutes between goals over the final half of the opening stanza, Connecticut College scoring five straight to pull away and down the Warriors for the seventh time in this seven-game series, 18-9, Wednesday afternoon at the Mansfield Outdoor Complex.

At left: Brooke Wayte drives to the cage.(Stephen Goomrigian photo)

During that 5-0 scoring run, Ashley Crutchfield and Hope Barone scored extra-man goals 78 seconds apart to help the Camels build an insurmountable 10-4 lead with two minutes left in the first half. In all, three of Conn's (5-5) goals in that run came on extra-man opportunities as Eastern was handed two  yellow cards over a five-minute stretch.

Katelyn Driscoll came on to take over faceoff chores from Barone and win six of nine faceoffs and Abby Hill was credited with five draw controls for the Camels, who have won two straight after losing four of five. Foiled in its attempt  to win two games in a row for the first time this year, Eastern (3-7) has lost four of five, dipping to 2-4 this year at home.

Sophomore attack Ashley Prizio (Brookfield) contributed to two Eastern goals in a span of 84 seconds midway through the first half by assisting on one and scoring another to pull the Warriors to within 5-4 before Conn countered with run of five straight goals, keeping Eastern off the board for 16 minutes before freshman attack Christina Rully (Orange) scored her first career goal on her third shot on  a free-position attempt with 48 seconds left in the half.

Senior midfielder Taylor MacDonald (Oak Bluffs, MA) led Eastern with three goals, won six of 11 faceoffs and picked up two ground balls. Sophomore defender Megan Barrett (Setauket, NY) picked up a team-high four ground balls and caused two turnovers.

As a team, Eastern was able to clear only 13 of 25 attempts, contributing in large part to its 27 turnovers.

Eastern visits Western Connecticut State University Tuesday at 4 p.m. for a Little East Conference match.