Fitchburg State Upended By Worcester State, 14-9
Laferriere sets new single season goals mark with 62nd goal of the year
FITCHBURG, Mass. (April 26, 2014) – The Fitchburg State women's lacrosse team suffered a tough 14-9 setback to the Lancers of Worcester State in MASCAC action at Elliot Field this afternoon.
Despite the loss, freshman Ali Laferriere (Tyngsboro, MA) set a new single season goals mark for the Falcons, surpassing the previous mark set by Amanda Burns. Laferriere now stands with 62 goals on the season.
With the win, the Lancers (11-3, 5-1 MASCAC) have claimed a second seed and bye in next week's conference tournament. The Falcons even out their record to 8-8 and 3-3 in league action and will await their pairing for the 2014 MASCAC Tournament.
Sophomore Jackie Connors (Ashland, MA) finished with nine points on five goals and four assists to help lead Worcester State, while classmate Kalia Chase (Northbridge, MA) also added a hat-trick with one assist. Junior Molly Kilday (Westford, MA) chipped in with a pair of tallies and five ground balls.
Laferriere paced Fitchburg State with five second half goals and six draw controls, while senior Markie Apple (Pittsfield, MA) tallied twice. Freshman Andrea Comeau (Watertown, MA) had a fine defensive effort with four ground balls and three caused turnovers.
With the game tied up 1-1 just 10 minutes into the contest, the Lancers utilized a 7-1 run to close out the period for the commanding 8-2 margin at the break.
Connors sparked the rally with her second tally of the game at the 16:45 mark while junior Angela Grassetti (Agawam, MA) notched three points in the run with two helpers and Kilday found the back of the net twice for the visitors.
Worcester State built up their margin by doubling up their opponents 4-2 over the first 20 minutes of the second frame to open up a 12-4 advantage with 10:09 remaining. The Falcons, however, came back with a vengeance as Laferriere recorded four of the contests next five goals to help Fitchburg State trail 13-8 with 3:05 on the clock.
Chase though gave the Lancers a lift to help secure the win as she potted a marker with 60 ticks left on the clock.
Pessa improved her record to 11-3 by turning aside six of the 11 shots she saw between the pipes in 52:05 minutes of action. Sophomore Elizabeth Darringo (Billerica, MA) collected 13 stops between the pipes as her mark moves to 8-8 on the campaign.
The Lancers led in overall shots (33-27), attempts on goal (27-15) and ground balls (29-24) as the visitors were 0-for-3 from the eight-meter line. The hosts were 2-for-3 on their free position bids.