MIDDLETOWN, R. I. – Freshman Melissa Renauld (Framingham, Mass.) scored a game-high six goals as she led the Bridgewater State women's lacrosse team to a 17-5 win over Salve Regina, Thursday afternoon.
The win evens the Bears' record to 3-3 on the year while the Seahawks slip to 3-4 to open the season.
The Bears raced out to a 6-0 lead in the first 10 minutes as four different players scored for Bridgewater St., highlighted by a pair of goals from freshman Alex King (Weymouth, Mass.) and Renauld.
Junior Sarah Woods (East Lyme, Conn.) halted the Bears' scoring frenzy with her 21st goal of the season off a quick feed from classmate Gina Tortorici (Deer Park, N.Y.) to cut the lead to 6-1. Renauld then rattled off three-straight goals, the middle one off an assist from junior Riley Cachelin (Westwood, Mass.).
Senior Grace Kelly (Auburn, N.Y.) interrupted the Bears' scoring with her first of the before sophomore Lauren Geary (Hull, Mass.) finished out the half with three of her own, the final coming as time expired.
The Bears took the 12-2 lead into half time.
Renauld opened the second with her sixth of the game. Tortorici answered with a pair of goals to cut the lead back down to 13-4 but Cachelin answered with two of her own to push the BSU back to 11 goals at 15-4.
Sophomore Katherine Miele (North Reading, Mass.) scored the Seahawks final goal of the game with 6:23 to play before the Bears finished out the game with a goal from senior Taylor Clancy (Braintree, Mass.) and freshman Gaelin Reall (Providence, R.I.) to bring the score to its final, 17-5.
Cachelin (3g, 4a), Laurnen Geary (4g) and Renauld (6g) all had a hat trick for the Bears while Tortorici led the Seahawks with two goals and an assist.
Senior Josephine O'Reilly (Middletown, R.I.) made 10 saves in the net for the Seahawks while freshman Allie Forman (Marblehead, Mass.) also made 10 saves for Bears.
Bridgewater St. returns to action when the Bears travel to Eastern Connecticut St. on Saturday for a 4:30 p.m. start. The Seahawks open Commonwealth Coast Conference action on Saturday as well as the Seahawks welcome Gordon to Gaudet Field for a 12 p.m. opening draw.