2007 NEWLA Championship

WNEC Holds Off Worcester State 14-10 to Capture Fourth Consecutive NEWLA Title

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. ? Sophomore Lindsey Fenton (Amherst, MA) scored six goals and senior Audrey Kelton (Wilder, VT) added two goals and five assists to lead Western New England College to a hard-fought 14-10 victory over visiting Worcester State College Saturday (May 5) in the championship game of the New England Women?s Lacrosse Alliance (NEWLA) Tournament.

This was the Golden Bears? fourth consecutive league title (fifth overall in seven years) and their last appearance in the NEWLA. Next year Western New England College will compete in The Commonwealth Coast Conference (TCCC).

Senior Jess Vogel (Tonawanda, NY) contributed three goals while junior Kayte Devine (New Fairfield, CT) chipped in with two goals and an assist. Junior Jill Caracciolo (Burnt Hills, NY) had a goal and assist.
Junior Kaitlin Zangle (Wingdale, NY) and sophomore Michelle Thompson (Wilbraham, MA) each had an assist. Junior goalie Emilie Donka (White River Junction, VT) compiled nine saves.

Worcester State had four players score points with senior Ann Clark (Worcester, MA) leading the way with four goals. Freshman Amanda Cosenza (Shrewsbury, MA) netted three goals while twin sister Abby Cosenza (Shrewsbury, MA) scored twice. Sophomore Shannon Feeley (West Springfield, MA) notched a goal and assist. Junior goalie Lyndsey Nunes (West Springfield, MA) stopped 10 shots.

Western New England College jumped to an early 4-0 lead and led 5-1 before the Lancers answered with three straight goals to close the margin to 5-4 at half-time. The Golden Bears reeled off five consecutive goals for a 10-4 margin capped when Thompson hit the back of the net with 18:42 remaining.

The Lancers (11-4), who dropped a 13-7 decision to WNEC back on April 7 in Worcester, again came back getting within 12-9 when Clark found the back of the net at the 9:45 mark. Vogel answered with a shot two minutes later and each team traded a goal in the final 3:44.

Western New England College (14-5) receives an automatic invitation to the NCAA Division III Championship that begins on Wednesday (May 9) at campus sites. The pairings for the tournament will be held announced Sunday night.

Scoring Summary

Worcester State (11-4) 4 6 - 10
Western New England College (14-5) 5 9 - 14

Worcester State College Lancers
Goals ? Ann Clark 4, Amanda Cosenza 3, Abby Cosenza 2, Shannon Feeley
Assists ? Shannon Feeley Saves ? Lyndsey Nunes 10

Western New England College Golden Bears
Goals ? Lindsay Fenton 6, Jess Vogel 3, Kayte Devine 2, Audrey Kelton 2, Jill Caracciolo
Assists ? Audrey Kelton 5, Jill Caracciolo, Kayte Devine, Michelle Thompson, Kaitlin Zangle Saves ? Emilie Donka 9

#1 WNEC Downs #4 Norwich 26-5 to Advance to NEWLA Championship

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. ? Junior Kayte Devine (New Fairfield, CT) tallied a career high nine points with six goals and three assists as top-seeded Western New England College rolled to an easy 26-5 victory over fourth-seeded Norwich University Saturday afternoon (April 28) in a semifinal round game of the New England Women?s Lacrosse Alliance (NEWLA) Tournament.

The Golden Bears (13-4) had 15 players score points in compiling their second highest scoring output of the season.

Senior Audrey Kelton (Wilder, VT) contributed four goals and two assists for 102 points this season, breaking her own school mark of 99 points set two years ago.

Senior Jess Vogel (Tonawanda, NY) also put her name in the record books by scoring her 100th career goal along with an assist.

Sophomore Lindsey Fenton (Amherst, MA) added four goals while sophomore Molly Chamberlain (New Britain, CT) enjoyed her best game of the season with two goals and two assists. Junior Julianna Mulroy (Wellesley, MA) had a four-point performance with a goal and three assists.

Western New England College scored only 11 seconds into the game and cruised to a 16-3 advantage at half-time.

Junior Kristen Lewis (Berlin, VT) led the Cadets with three goals while freshman Kathleen Hennessy (Essex Junction, VT) handed out two assists. Norwich finishes its inaugural varsity season with a 6-5 record.

Western New England College will host second-seeded Worcester State (a 16-6  winner over third-seeded Castleton State) in the NEWLA Tournament championship game at 1:00 p.m. Saturday (May 5) in a rematch of last year?s title contest won by the Golden Bears (15-7).

April 28, 2007

#2 Worcester State Advances Past #3 Castleton, 16-6

Worcester, MA ? The second seeded Worcester State College Lancer women?s lacrosse team advanced to their second straight New England Women?s Lacrosse Alliance final by defeating the third seeded Spartans of Castleton State College Saturday afternoon in Coughlin Field by the final tally of, 16-6.  The Lancers will now head to Western New England College next Saturday to take on the defending champion and top seeded Golden Bears.  The Lancers fell to WNEC, 13-7, during the regular season match.  The win is Worcester State?s 11th of the year adding to their record breaking total.  Castleton concludes their season at, 6-6.

Worcester State?s Ann Clark (Worcester, MA), just named the NEWLA Offensive Player of the Year for the second straight season, got the Lancers on the board 25 seconds in the game taking as assist from freshman Kim Vail (W. Newbury, MA).  Castleton evened the score at 24:35 when freshman Stephanie Pearce (Shoreham, NY)  found the back of the net on a free position shot.  Worcester State then proceeded to run off five straight goals to take a commanding, 6-1, lead with 6:03 remaining.  Amanda Cosenza (Shrewsbury, MA), Shannon Feeley (W. Springfield, MA), Kim Cosenza (Fitchburg, MA) Megan Rosborough (Uxbridge, MA) and Abby Cosenza (Shrewsbury, MA) all tallied scores in the run for the Lancers.  Pearce scored her second of the game to cut the lead to, 6-2, but Worcester State closed out the half with a 3-0 run with Clark scoring a pair and Rosborough netting her second of the game to set the score at, 9-2, at the half.

The Lancers continued to control the action in the second half opening with a 3-0 flurry with Clark scoring her fourth and fifth goals of the game along with sophomore Meredith Godfroy (Tyngsboro, MA) finding the back of the net for a, 12-2, advantage.

After Pearce?s third goal of the game for Castleton , Clark scored her sixth of the game which gave her 300 career goals.  Only three other players in the history of NCAA Division III women?s lacrosse have ever reached that milestone.  Clark is third all time in goals scored and seventh in total points.

The two teams would match each other the rest of the way with both teams scoring three goals for the, 16-6, final score.

Clark led all scorers with 7 goals and an assist.  Feeley, Godfroy and Rosborough each chipped in with a pair of goals.  Pearce?s hat trick paced the Spartans.

Western New England Earns NEWLA Tournament Top Seed

Three-time defending champion Western New England College secured the top seed in the upcoming New England Women?s Lacrosse Alliance Championship. The Golden Bears (7-0 NEWLA, 12-4 overall) will host fourth seed Norwich (4-3 NEWLA, 7-4 overall) in a semifinal game on Saturday, April 28th at 2:00 p.m. Worcester State (6-1 NEWLA, 10-3 overall) will host Castleton (5-2 NEWLA, 6-5 overall) in the other semifinal at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday.

The top four teams qualify for the NEWLA Championship. Semifinal games will be played on Saturday, April 28 at the higher seed. Semifinal winners will meet Saturday, May 5 at the highest remaining seed. Game times are subject to change.

NEWLA Women's Lacrosse Tournament


Semifinals - Saturday, April 28 at higher seeds
(4) Norwich   at (1) Western New England 2 PM
(3) Castleton   at (2) Worcester State 2 PM
Championship - Saturday, May 5 at Highest Remaining Seed
Semifinal Winners        

Past Champions

2006 - WNEC
2004 - WNEC
2003 - Bridgewater St.
2002 - WNEC
2001 - Bridgewater St.
2000 - Bridgewater St.
1999 - Bridgewater St.
1998 - Bridgewater St.