By Framingham State athletics
FRAMINGHAM – The second seeded Framingham State University women’s lacrosse defeated third seed Worcester State University 17-11 Thursday evening in one semifinal of the 2022 Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference (MASCAC) Women’s Lacrosse Tournament at Maple Street Field in Framingham
Framingham State is now 10-7 with the win.
Worcester State falls to 11-8 with the loss.
HOW IT HAPPENED:
- In the first quarter, the Rams got on the board first on a goal by Rachel Erickson, but the Lancers answered with a pair of goals including a free position shot from Lily Gendron. The Rams tied the game on a tally from Tara Palermo and each team added one more in the frame making the score 3-3 after one.
- In the second, with the score tied 4-4 the Rams closed the quarter with five straight goals including a pair from Regan Fein to take 9-4 lead at the half.
- In the third quarter, Leah Green pushed the lead to 10-4 with a goal in the opening minutes of the third, but the Lancers countered with three straight including a pair from Gendron cutting the gap to 10-7.
- Erickson scored with just over three minutes remaining in the quarter giving the Rams an 11-7 lead after three.
- The Rams started the fourth with three straight goals including two from Tara Palermo pushing the lead to 14-7.
- The Lancers closed the gap to 16-11 on a Hannah Nolan tally, but Erickson found the back of the net for the Rams in the final minute to reach the final margin.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS:
- The Rams were paced in the game by five goals from Rachel Erickson, while Palermo finished the game with four goals and two helpers.
- Fein finished the contest with two goals and four assists, while Green found the back of the net three times.
- The Lancers received five goals and an assist from Gendron, while Shea Jarvis scored twice and picked up an assist.
- Alexis Burleigh earned the win in net for the Rams making 11 stops, while Savanna Rosado made 13 stops for the Lancers.
UP NEXT: With the victory, the Rams advance to the finals of the MASCAC Women’s Lacrosse Tournament on Saturday where they will host fourth seed Bridgewater State University at 1 p.m.