Bridgewater State Edges Castleton 19-16 for NEWLA Crown

Bridgewater State Edges Castleton 19-16 for NEWLA Crown

BRIDGEWATER, Mass. -- Sophomore Jenny Jones (Framingham, MA) scored nine goals as the Bridgewater State College Bears edged Castleton State College, 19-16, in the championship game of the 2009 New England Women's Lacrosse Alliance (NEWLA) Tournament.

The Bears (14-4) captured the programs second straight NEWLA Tournament title and fourth overall. BSC has won 18 straight games against NEWLA opponents since rejoining the conference prior to the 2008 season. Two of Castleton's three losses on the season were to Bridgewater. The Spartans (13-3) should get a berth in the ECAC Division III New England Tournament. The tournament pairing will be announced on Monday of next week. Bridgewater, which advanced to the ECAC championship game in 2008, will not be competing in the ECAC Tournament this season.

With her nine goals, Jones set the BSC single-season goal scoring mark with 71. She broke her own record of 67 goals which was set just last season.

Jones also notched 102 points on the year edging out fellow Framingham native Shannon Manning (100 points) in the team scoring race. The 102 points is the second highest single-season total in BSC women's lacrosse history. Manning, who had two assists on the day, set the school record last season with 105 points.

Junior Katie DeMaio (Port Jefferson Station, NY) tallied four goals and three assists as she finished the season with 70 goals and 97 points.

Junior goaltender Meghan Griffin (Billerica, MA) turned aside ten shots to record her 13th win in goal for the Bears. Sophomore Kasey Sheehan (Bridgewater, MA) had a strong all-around game for BSC as she registered a goal and two assists to go along with three ground balls, two draw controls and four caused turnovers.

Junior Stephanie Pearce (Shoreham, NY) paced Castleton with seven goals, while sophomore Marie VanDerKar (Manchester, VT) added five goals, an assist, four ground balls, four draw controls and three caused turnovers. Freshman Stephanie Paproski (Newtown, CT) also played well for the Spartans as she filled the stat sheet with two goals, three assists, seven ground balls, three draws and three caused turnovers. Senior netminder Francesca Mazzola (Centerport, NY) made nine saves between the pipes.

The Bears trailed 6-5 with under ten minutes remaining in the first half, but used a four-goal outburst to take a 9-6 lead. BSC would never trail again in the contest and maintained at least a two goal lead the rest of the way.

Leading 11-9 at the intermission, Bridgewater tallied five of the first six goals of the second half to take control of the game. Jones netted four of the Bears' first five goals of the second half.

Down by six goals (17-11) with under nine minutes to go, Castleton put together a late rally to pull to within three (18-15) led by a pair of goals by VanDerKar. But goals by DeMaio at the 4:05 mark and Jones with 1:14 to go, thwarted Castleton's late comeback attempt.

Bridgewater held a 36-32 advantage in shots and a slight 19-18 edge in draw controls, while turnovers were even at 23 apiece. BSC converted on 5 of 7 free position attempts, while Castleton was 2-for-4.

NEWLA Women's Lacrosse Championship

Semifinals - Wednesday, April 29 at higher seeds
 (1) Bridgewater State 23, (4) Worcester State 10
 (2) Castleton 15, (3) Westfield State 12

Championship - Saturday, May 2 at Bridgewater State
 (1) Bridgewater State 19, (2) Castleton 16

April 29, 2009

Bears Advance to NEWLA Title Game with 23-10 Win over Worcester

BRIDGEWATER, Mass. -- Bridgewater State College advanced to the New England Women's Lacrosse Alliance (NEWLA) Tournament title game as the Bears downed visiting Worcester State, 23-10, in semifinal round action this afternoon at BSC's Swenson Field.

The top-seeded Bears (13-4) will host second-seeded Castleton State College on Saturday afternoon in the championship game. Castleton knocked off third-seeded Westfield State, 15-12, in the other semifinal matchup. Bridgewater is looking to capture the program's second straight tournament title and fourth overall.

After struggling through the first 30 minutes of the games, the Bears absolutely dominated play in the second half. Bridgewater held a 7-4 lead midway through the opening stanza but watched as the Lancers went on a 4-1 run over the final 13 ½ minutes to cut the deficit to just a goal (8-7) at the intermission.

The second half was all Bridgewater. Goals by sophomores Jenny Jones (Framingham, MA) and Courtney Lennon (Medfield, MA), and junior Katie DeMaio (Port Jefferson Station, NY) gave BSC some breathing room at 11-7. After senior Michelle Astuccio (Foxboro, MA) scored for Worcester at the 23:29 mark, BSC reeled off ten straight goals and held the Lancers scoreless for over 15 minutes. Junior Shannon Manning (Framingham, MA) netted three goals during the 10-0 run, while Jones and freshman Jennifer Natale (Hanover, MA) potted two each.

Jones finished with five goals and three assists to go along with three ground balls and six draw controls. Lennon added three goals three assists and five ground balls, while Manning tallied four goals, an assist, four ground balls and three draw controls.

DeMaio chipped in with four goals and an assist, and Natale came off the bench to notch three goals. Sophomore Patricia Maloney (Walpole, MA) also filled the score sheet with a goal, an assist, three ground balls and six draw controls.

Manning, Jones and DeMaio each have at least 60 goals and 90 points on the season. Manning leads the way with 98 points (61 goals, 37 assists). Last season she set the Bears' single-season scoring record with 105 points. Jones has 93 points (62 goals, 31 assists) to her credit while DeMaio is not far behind with 90 (66 goals, 24 assists). DeMaio needs just one goal to tie Jones' single-season goal scoring record of 67 set last season.

Junior goaltender Meghan Griffin (Billerica, MA) was terrific between the pipes for the Bears as she made 13 saves to record her 12th win of the season. Nine of her 13 saves came in the second half.

Bridgewater outshot the Lancers by a margin of 25-12 in the second half and held a 37-27 shot advantage for the game. The Bears also had a 19-16 edge in draw controls.

Junior Brittany Jamieson (Foxboro, MA) paced the Lancers (7-6) with two goals and three assists, while Astuccio finished with three goals, five ground balls and four draw controls. Freshman Haley Erickson (Saugus, MA) turned aside 11 shots in goal for Worcester.


April 29, 2009

Castleton advances to NEWLA Final with 15-12 win over Westfield State

Castleton, VT - Senior Nicole Adams scored seven goals and had one assist to lead second-seeded Castleton to a 15-12 win over the third seed, Westfield State in New England Women’s Lacrosse Alliance semifinal action Wednesday afternoon.

Castleton raced out to a 5-0 lead over the first six minutes of play as Marie VanDerKar scored three times to lead the surge. Westfield State answered with goals from Kasey Rogers, Rachel Dionne and Jen Lyon to cut the lead to 5-3 with 15:42 remaining in the half. After a goal by Castleton’s Aimee Goulette made it 6-3, Dionne sandwiched a goal from Adams and Ally Brown tallied inside of five minutes to play to make it 7-6 at halftime.

Castleton used an early Owl yellow card to score three quick extra-player goals to make it 10-6 a little less than two minutes into the second half. Adams scored twice and Elizabeth Haggerty added one to give Castleton some breathing room.

Westfield State once again answered the run and the Owls found themselves down 12-11 after a Brown goal with 12:30 remaining. A Castleton yellow card gave the Owls the extra-player opportunity and an eight-meter free position attempt with 9:33 remaining in the contest. Castleton goalie, Fransesca Mazzola stopped three-straight shots on net to preserve the lead, and the Spartans killed off the penalty successfully. VanDerKar, Adams and Stephanie Pearce each scored goals in succession to put the game out of reach.

VanDerKar followed Adams in the scoring column with four goals, while Pearce added two goals and two assists.

Dionne led the Owls with five goals and one assist, while Rogers and Brown each had two goals. Laura Chiricosta added one goal and two assists. Kaity Burns stopped six shots in the loss as Westfield State falls to 11-6 on the season.

Castleton advances to its second-straight NEWLA Final, and ups its season record to a program-best 13-2. Mazzola stopped 10 shots in the win.

April 26, 2009

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 Worcester State (4-3 NEWLA, 7-5 overall) in a semifinal game on Wednesday, April 29th. Castleton (6-1 NEWLA, 12-2 overall) will host Westfield State (5-2 NEWLA, 11-5 overall) in the other semifinal.

The top four teams qualify for the NEWLA Championship. Semifinal games will be played on Wednesday, April 29 at the higher seed. Semifinal winners will meet Saturday, May 2 at the highest remaining seed. Game times are subject to change.

NEWLA Women's Lacrosse Championship

Semifinals - Wednesday, April 29 at higher seeds
(4) Worcester State at (1) Bridgewater State
(3) Westfield State at (2) Castleton

Championship - Saturday, May 2 at highest remaining seed
Semifinal Winners TBA


Past Champions

2008 - Bridgewater St.
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.