They connect on only nine of 33 shots in non-conference loss to UNE
MANSFIELD, Conn. -- The University of New England defense limited Eastern Connecticut State University to two goals through the first 29 minutes and freshman goalie Courtney Kendall made 16 saves as the Nor'easters posted a 15-9 non-conference women's lacrosse victory Friday afternoon at the Mansfield Outdoor Complex.
At right: Alexa Foldy
Eastern (2-3) outshot New England (1-4) 33-27 but missed 24 of its shots - including 11 of 14 free-position attempts - as New England defeated the Warriors in the first regular-season meeting ever between the programs.
Kendall, who had lost twice this year to nationally-ranked teams, made nine saves and gave up only three goals in the first half, limiting the Warriors to one goal over the final 18 minutes of the first half as the Nor'easters took a 7-3 advantage into the break. Eastern never led in the game and was able to string together as many as two consecutive goals once.
Down 9-3 early in the second half, the Warriors scored twice in 70 seconds on goals by junior attack Alexa Foldy (Brookfield) and senior midfielder Christina Rully (Orange) to cut the gap to four, but the visitors scored four of the final six goal over the last 15 minutes of play.
Junior attack and team scoring leader Hannah Tavella gave New England early momentum by scoring four of her six goals in a span of 15 minutes in the first half. Tavella, who put all eight of her shots on goal, has 16 goals in five matches this year.
Eastern won 19 of 26 faceoffs, with junior attack Erin Conn (Moriches, NY) capturing nine draws and senior defender Rachel Meotti (Glastonbury) won four draws and picked up four ground balls, as did Foldy.
New England won the ground ball battle by 12, picking up 31. Junior midfielder Johanna Currier had five, Tavella four and sophomore midfielder Jessica Deedon added four off the bench.
After connecting on 43 percent of their free-position shots through four matches, Eastern missed 11 of 14 against New England, including eight of ten in the second half.
Eastern visits Bridgewater State University Tuesday at 6 p.m.