Seahawks fall to Eastern Connecticut

Senior Kelly Burke scored twice in Salve Regina's 15-8 loss,
Senior Kelly Burke scored twice in Salve Regina's 15-8 loss,

MANSFIELD, Conn. - Freshman Lisa Pulie put up a career-high four points (1g, 3a) despite Salve Regina women's lacrosse 15-8 loss to Eastern Connecticut, Saturday afternoon.

Salve Regina scored the first two goals of the match in the first four minutes  -- one coming on freshman attack Holly Duddy's (Plymouth, Mass.) first career goal – and led by a goal 12 minutes into action before the Warriors countered with five straight to move out to a four-goal lead two minutes into the second half. Whitehouse's goal tied it at 4-4 midway through the first half. The Warriors missed on their first two shots of the possession but maintained possession thanks to ground balls by junior attack Alexa Foldy (Brookfield) and Buchanan. After Whitehouse tied the match. Neither team could break the tie on a combined 15 possessions over nine minutes and 30 seconds until Conn stuck a free-position goal off a Seahawk turnover to give the Warriors the lead for good, 5-4, six minutes before halftime.

Marchitto and junior midfielder Taylor Shannon (Waterford) followed Conn's go-ahead goal with goals of their own in a two-minute span, and Marchitto opened the second half with a free-position marker two minutes into the stanza for the team's fifth unanswered goal that made it 8-4.  Marchitto's first goal of the stretch came 11 seconds after she won the draw following Conn's faceoff. Meotti's ground ball off a Salve turnover led to Shannon's only goal of the match that made it 7-4 with just under four minutes left in the first half, and the first of three free-position strikes by Marchitto – set up on a Salve turnover and ground ball pickup by sophomore defender Olivia Mullen (Bethel) -- pushed the lead to four, 8-4, in the opening minutes of the second half.

Trailing 8-4, Salve Regina never got closer than three the rest of the way, and the Warriors pulled away with the final four goals of the match over the final 15 minutes – Conn sandwiching goals around a pair by Marchitto in an eight-minute span. Neither team scored over the final seven minutes.

Junior midfielder Grace Kelly (Auburn, NY), senior midfielder Kelly Burke (Georgetown, Mass.) and sophomore midfielder Gina Tortorici (Deer Park, NY) all had two goals for Salve, with freshman attack Lisa Pulie scoring once and chalking up the first three assists of her career. Tortorici led Salve with four ground balls and won four of eight faceoffs. 

Making her first start in goal for Salve, junior Alyssa Corvi (Barrington, RI) made 12 saves for Salve, eight coming when the Warriors scored eight goals in the second half.

Salve Regina returns to actiom when the Seahawks square off against Bridgewater St. on March 21 at 7 p.m.