BOSTON, Mass.- The Wheelock College women's lacrosse team had their five-game winning-streak snapped in a non-conference matchup with visiting Salve Regina University on Winsor Field, 15-5. The Wildcats drop to 5-6 on the season while the Seahawks improve to 7-8.
In the early going, it was a back-and-forth affair. Wheelock struck first as senior Molly Centore (Kennebunk, Maine) scored less than a minute into the game. Salve Regina came right back with two goals of their own before senior Emma Marrs (Old Lyme, Conn.) knotted it up at 2-2 with 13:41 remaining in the half.
From there, the Seahawks began to control the pace and possession. Sophomore Kaitlin Gillespie (Haddam, Conn.) had three goals in the opening period and scored just 30 seconds after Marrs' equalizer to give the visitors back the lead. Salve Regina would open up a 5-2 advantage but sophomore Ashley Genovese (Vernon, Conn.)got one back for Wheelock with 24 ticks on the clock to make it 5-3 at the break.
In the second half, the Seahawks truly began to pull away as they netted the first five goals of the period and built on that 10-3 advantage to come away with a 15-5 victory.
Wheelock was led by Centore and Marrs who each had two goals. Sophomore keeper Meghan Lewis (South Berwick, Maine) took the loss despite making 18 saves.
Salve Regina featured an attack with four multi-goal scorers. Rookie Jessie Severino (Branford, Conn.) led all players with four points. Junior goalie Katie Jones (Derry, N.H.) earned the win while making six stops.
The Wildcats return to action on Saturday when they travel to NECC rival Regis College for a 4:00 p.m. matchup. The Seahawks prepare for the CCC quarterfinals at Endicott on the same day at 1:00 p.m.