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First Half Surge Lifts Regis College Past Women’s Lacrosse, 12-5

First Half Surge Lifts Regis College Past Women’s Lacrosse, 12-5

CHICOPEEE, Mass. – Elms College sophomore net minder Sarah Carpenter (Vernon, Conn.) made 11 saves and freshman defender Kathleen Tuechler (Farmingdale, N.Y.) scored twice, but Regis College used three goals from Katie Haidemenos (Warwick, R.I.) to spark the Pride to a 12-5 victory in Wednesday afternoon's New England Collegiate Conference (NECC) women's lacrosse game at Leary Field.

With the loss, Elms moves to 3-9 on the season, 1-2 in conference play, while Regis improves to 11-3 overall, 4-0 in NECC action.

Regis used a strong first half output highlighted by two goals from Haidemenos, two goals from Sam Salamone (Milford, Mass.), and one each from Abbie Wehr (Suwanee, Ga.), Stacy Burns (Waltham, Mass.), Rachel Wong (Wakefield, Mass.) and Lindsey Graver (Bellingham, Mass.) to help the Pride stake an 8-1 lead.

Tuechler put Elms on the board with 20:56 to play in the first half to make the score 3-1 before Regis closed out the half with five straight markers.

Junior attacker Nora McDonough (South Hadley, Mass.) scorched the net just 1:24 into the second half to pull the Blazers to within six, but the Pride answered with four straight goals. Wehr and Heidemenos each tallied a goal, while Sashae Walls (Everett, Mass.) delivered back-to-back strikes to give Regis a 12-2 lead.

With 1:34 left to play in the game, Elms netted three goals, including one each from sophomore attacker Jillian Pirog (Ludlow, Mass.), Tuechler and junior attacker Ashley Cava (Wilbraham, Mass.) to set the final score at 12-5.

Elms' sophomore defender Emily Brown (Agawam, Mass.) notched a game-high eight groundballs and caused a pair of turnovers, while Tuechler added three draw controls, and Pirog had five groundballs and caused two turnovers.

Walls finished with seven groundball pickups and Salamone added five groundballs to go along with three caused turnovers, while Walls finished with four draw controls and three caused turnovers.

Emma Decker (Southborough, Mass.) stopped 12 shots between the pipes for the Pride to seal the win.

Elms returns to NECC action on Friday, April 25 with a 5:30 p.m. game at Bay Path College.