Rivier Downs Fitchburg State, 18-8

White paces Falcons offense with three goals and one assist

FITCHBURG, Mass. (March 21, 2014) – The Rivier University Raiders (2 – 1, 1 – 0 GNAC) defeated the visiting Fitchburg State University Falcons (1 – 2, 0 – 0 MASCAC) 18 – 8 in a non-conference women's lacrosse matchup on Thursday evening.

Leading the way for the Raiders was senior Rebecca Wickens (Tyngsboro, Mass.) who notched five goals and one assist, while freshman Amanda Wickens (Tyngsboro, Mass.) added four goals and a pair of helpers. Sophomore Elena Reilly (Braintree, Mass.) was also strong with three goals, two assists and four groundballs.

Fitchburg State received a strong effort from junior Lindsay White (Hanover, Mass.) who finished with a team-best three goals and one assist, while senior Markie Apple (Pittsfield, Mass.) added a pair of tallies in the contest.

The Raiders dominated the first half, opening a 3-0 lead with goals from Wickens, junior Savannah Neuwirt (Newbury, N.H.), and Reilly. Fitchburg State got a goal back with a strike from Apple, but Rivier then rattled off eight unanswered goals to charge into halftime with an 11-1 lead. The Wickens sisters propelled the attack with Rebecca striking for three goals and Amanda chipping in two. Sophomore Danielle Moran (San Diego, Calif.) turned away ten Falcon shots in goal for the Raiders to help open up the commanding lead.

Fitchburg State tried to regroup with a three goal run on tallies from Apple, White, and Erin Murphy (Warwick, R.I.) to nip at the hosts, 12-4. Rivier answered with a six goal run of their own with two strikes from Reilly, and single strikes from the Wickens, Viola, and sophomore Paxton LaRocque (Londonderry, N.H.) to put the game out of reach at 18-4 with 11:29 to play. The visiting Falcons showed some scrap, closing the game out with four goals, but the tide had already rolled for the 18-8 final.

Moran finished with 12 saves for the Raiders, while sophomore Elizabeth Darrigo (Billerica, Mass.) made nine saves for the Falcons.

Fitchburg State (1-2, 0-0 MASCAC) will be back in action on Tuesday as it visits Becker College at 6 p.m.