Bridgewater State Captures NEWLA Tournament Title with 19-5 Win

Bridgewater State Captures NEWLA Tournament Title with 19-5 Win

BRIDGEWATER, Mass. -- The Bridgewater State College women’s lacrosse team captured the 2008 New England Women’s Lacrosse Alliance (NEWLA) Tournament championship as the top-seeded Bears knocked off second-seeded Castleton State College, 19-5, this afternoon in Bridgewater.

Bridgewater, which tied the school record for most wins in a season with 14 (14-4), will now await word on a possible postseason berth. The NCAA Division III Tournament pairings will be announced Sunday and the ECAC Division III Tournament pairings will be announced on Monday. The NEWLA does not own an automatic qualifier, so BSC would have to be an at-large selection to get into the NCAA Tournament.

Sophomore midfielder Shannon Manning (Framingham, MA) set the Bears’ single-season scoring mark as she became the first player in BSC women’s lacrosse history to reach the century mark. Manning scored five goals and added an assist to increase her season total to 101 points (52 goals, 49 assists). She eclipsed Paula Habel’s 2002 mark of 99 points.

The Bears dominated play from start to finish as they jumped out to a 4-0 lead and took a 12-3 advantage into halftime. Castleton never threatened as BSC tallied the first two goals of the second half and five of the first six. The Bears’ largest lead of the game ended up being the final score of 19-5. Bridgewater held a 29-19 edge in shots for the game and an 18-9 advantage in draw controls.

Freshman attack Jenny Jones (Framingham, MA) added four goals and pair of assists in the win. Jones, who holds the Bears’ single-season rookie goal scoring record, now has 59 goals on the season. Ann Silvia is the owner of the BSC goal scoring mark with 65 in 1999.

Sophomore attack Katie DeMaio (Port Jefferson Station, NY) chipped in with two goals and two assists, while freshman attack Courtney Lennon (Medfield, MA) tallied a goal and two assists to go along with five draw controls. DeMaio now has 56 goals and 22 assists on the season as her 78 points is the sixth highest single-season total in BSC women’s lacrosse history.

Sophomore goaltender Meghan Griffin (Billerica, MA) turned aside seven shots to record her ninth win of the season against just three losses. Junior defender Sarah Pimental (Acushnet, MA) played well defensively for the Bears as she recorded three ground balls, five draw controls and a caused turnover.

Freshman attack Marie VanDerKar (Manchester, VT) paced Castleton with three goals and five draw controls. Junior netminder Meredith Pope (Montpelier, VT) took the loss in goal for the Spartans. Pope (10-7) registered three saves in one half of play.

The NEWLA Tournament championship is the Bears’ third overall and first since the 2003 season. Bridgewater competed as an independent women’s lacrosse program from 2005 to 2007 before rejoining the NEWLA prior to the start of this season.

April 30, 2008

BSC Advances to NEWLA Title Game with 22-8 Win over Westfield State

Jones, Manning, Serratore Set Single-Season School Marks

BRIDGEWATER, Mass. – The Bridgewater State College women’s lacrosse team advanced to the championship game of the 2008 New England Women’s Lacrosse Alliance (NEWLA) Tournament as the top-seeded Bears downed fourth-seeded Westfield State, 22-8, this afternoon in Bridgewater.

BSC (13-4) will be making their first appearance in the NEWLA title game since the 2004 season. Bridgewater left the NEWLA after the 2004 campaign and competed as an independent team for three years before rejoining the Alliance this season. The Bears will host the championship game on Saturday afternoon at 2 PM against Castleton State College. Castleton defeated Worcester State, 12-6, in the other semifinal match.

Senior midfielder Lauryn Serratore (Norwood, MA), sophomore midfielder Shannon Manning (Framingham, MA) and freshman attack Jenny Jones (Framingham, MA) all eclipsed single-season school records in the win.

Serratore registered 11 draw controls to increase her season total to 74 as she broke Corinne Baker’s 2003 record of 69 draw controls. Manning dished out four assists to break Paula Habel’s single-season assist mark of 47 set back in 2002. Manning, who also scored four goals on the day, now has 48 assists on the year. The freshman Jones scored three goals to break Stacie Dufour and Laura Swart’s rookie goal scoring mark of 53 set in 2000. Jones now has a team-leading 55 goals on the season.

Manning helped BSC take a 15-4 halftime lead as she tallied BSC’s first three goals of the game. Westfield actually trailed only 5-3 with 18 minutes remaining in the opening stanza, but BSC outscored the Owls 10-1 over the final 18 minutes of the half to put the game out of reach.

Westfield was able to pull to within ten goals twice in the second half but that would be as close as they would get. BSC would score the final four goals of the game with Jones’ recording her record-breaking goal with 5:38 left on the clock, and Manning notching her record-breaking assist on a goal by freshman attack Caitlin Young (Holden, MA) with 2:35 left to play.

The Bears also received outstanding contributions in the attacking zone from sophomore attack Katie DeMaio (Port Jefferson Station, NY) and freshmen attackers Courtney Lennon (Medfield, MA) and Patricia Maloney (Walpole, MA). DeMaio scored five goals to go along with a pair of assists, Lennon tallied three goals and three assists, while Maloney registered four goals and one assist.

Bridgewater State sophomore goaltender Meghan Griffin (Billerica, MA) played well for the Bears as she turned aside 16 shots. Westfield was 0-for-7 in free position attempts thanks in part to the outstanding play of the BSC netminder.

Freshman midfielder Laura Chiricosta (Lexington, MA) paced the Owls with four goals, while freshman midfielder Rachel Dionne (Feeding Hills, MA) added a goal and as assist. Senior goalie Kasey Rogers (West Springfield, MA) registered six saves between the pipes for Westfield.

Bridgewater held a slight 32-29 advantage in shots for the game, as well as a 22-10 edge in draw controls. The Bears, however committed 20 turnovers compared to just 11 for the Owls.

Along with her 48 assists this season, Manning also has 47 goals to her credit. With her 95 points, she moved past Ann Silvia and Habel into second place on the Bears single-season scoring list. Silvia tallied 91 points in 1999, while Habel registered 94 points in 2001. Manning needs just five points to break Habel’s single-season scoring mark of 99 points which was set in 2002.

Westfield State ends the 2008 campaign with a record of 8-7. The women’s lacrosse team at Westfield became a varsity program in the sport prior to the 2007 season.

April 30, 2008

Castleton advances to first-ever NEWLA final with 12-6 win over Worcester State

Castleton, VT-Nicole Adams scored four goals and dished out one assist as Castleton State College defeated Worcester State 12-6 in New England Women’s Lacrosse Alliance (NEWLA) semifinal action. With the win the Spartans advance to their first-ever NEWLA final.

Castleton raced out to a 4-0 lead after 3:05 in the first half with goals from Adams, Marie VanDerKar, Nicole Bouchard and Erin Barry.

Worcester State got on the board with 12:07 remaining as Shannon Feeley tallied the first of her game-high five goals off a Brittany Jamieson assist. The two teams traded goals for the remainder of the period, and Castleton held an 8-4 advantage at halftime.

VanDerKar tallied to open the second half, before Adams scored the final three goals of the game for the 10-6 Spartans.

All-conference first-team goalie, Lyndsey Nunes kept the Lancers in the game, stopping 11 shots including seven in the second half. Second-team selection, Meredith Pope was equal to the task however, turning away five shots to earn the win.

Nicole Bouchard followed Adams in the scoring column with three goals and one assist, while Marie VanDerKar added two goals, two assists, five ground balls, three draw controls and six caused turnovers.

Jamieson scored Worcester State’s final goal of the game, as the Lancers end their season at 9-5. Veronica Farrell was excellent in the Lancer defensive third, corralling six ground balls and causing three turnovers.

Castleton will take on top-seed and NEWLA undefeated, Bridgewater State on Saturday, May 3 at 2:00 pm. The Bears advanced to the championship round by way of a 22-8 win over fourth-seed Westfield State.


 April 27, 2008

Bridgewater State Earns NEWLA Tournament Top Seed

Bridgewater State secured the top seed in the upcoming New England Women’s Lacrosse Alliance Championship after completing regular season play with a 7-0 record. The Bears (7-0 NEWLA, 12-4 overall) will host fourth seed Westfield State (4-3 NEWLA, 8-6 overall) in a semifinal game on Wednesday, April30th.

Castleton (6-1 NEWLA, 8-6 overall) will host Worcester State (5-2 NEWLA, 8-4 overall) in the other semifinal.The top four teams qualify for the NEWLA Championship. Semifinal games will be played on Wednesday, April 30 at the higher seed. Semifinal winners will meet Saturday, May 3 at the highest remaining seed. Game times are subject to change.

NEWLA Women's Lacrosse Championship    
Semifinals - Wednesday, April 30 at higher seeds    
(4) Westfield State   at (1) Bridgewater State   3:30 p.m. 
(3) Worcester State   at (2) Castleton   4:30 p.m. 
Championship - Saturday, May3 at highest remaining seed    
Semifinal Winners   2:00 p.m.


Past Champions

2007 - WNEC
2006 - WNEC
2005 - WNEC
2004 - WNEC
2003 - Bridgewater St.
2002 - WNEC
2001 - Bridgewater St.
2000 - Bridgewater St.
1999 - Bridgewater St.
1998 - Bridgewater St.