WELLESLEY – The Framingham State University women’s lacrosse team rattled off five straight goals to erase a 2-1 deficit and take the lead for good as they went on to defeat Wellesley College 16-12 in non-conference action this afternoon at the Wellesley Fields Complex.
With the win, the Rams have won four straight and improve to 5-1 on the year, while Wellesley, who is still in search of their first victory is 0-5.
Framingham St. was led by sophomore Grace Gamache with five goals and four assists. Senior Kimmy Foley and sophomore Audrey Duhaime both recorded hat tricks. Senior Kristen Keenan, first-year Morgan Begley, sophomore Nicole Pacheco, first-year Hanna McMahon, and junior Tess Destino all netted a goal in the win for the Rams.
Junior Dacia Persky tallied her 100th career point as she paced the Blue with four goals in the contest. Junior Olivia Strobl chipped in with a hat trick and a caused turnover. Seniors Mayu Kikuchi, Jenny Gubner first years Kat Gallison, Louise Conaty, and junior Ellie Chalphin rounded out the scoring for Wellesley, all with one goal each. Senior Jenna Mulrenan scooped up a game-high seven ground balls, while causing four turnovers.
Foley got the Rams on the board first at 29:15. Wellesley followed with back-to-back goals, as Persky scored her 100th career point at 26:54, followed by Gallison, to give the Blue the 2-1 lead at 22:15.
The Rams then scored five unanswered goals starting at 20:21 to take a 6-2 advantage. Duhaime tallied a pair on the spurt, while Gamache added one and Foley two more to close the run. The Rams pushed the lead to 7-3 after a goal from Keenan and a McMahon tally put the Rams up 8-4 with just over seven minutes remaining. Chalphin, Persky, and Gubner scored the last three goals of the half for the Blue to cut the deficit to 8-7 going into the halftime break.
Framingham St. extended their lead to open the second, scoring the first two goals of the half thanks to Gamache and Duhaime. Strobl put away two more at 26:40 and 26:09 to tie the game 10-10, but Framingham St. answered at 23:07, with Destino sparking a four-goal run to give the Rams a 14-10 cushion. Wellesley scored at 15:43 and 08:20 from Strobl and Kikuchi but it was not enough as the Rams secured the 16-12 win with Pacheco and Gamache adding second-half tallies down the stretch.
Wellesley Junior goalkeeper Chloe Tucker recorded eight saves and is now 0-5 on her season. Framingham St. junior Indigo Fox Tree-McGrath backstopped the Rams with 10 saves and improves to 5-1.
On Saturday, March 24, Framingham St. will play against Eastern Conn. St. at noon.