By: AJ Clark
Sports Staff Writer
Anchorwomen senior attacker Nicky Drolet and freshman attacker Jessica Ricci combined for 17 goals during two games last week in which Rhode Island College split with a win over the Worcester State
Lancers in non-conference play and falling to the first place team in the Little East Conference Keene St Owls.
In the first game of the week against the Lancers, RIC jumped out to an early lead and never looked back by winning 14-3. Drolet got the rout underway after notching a goal just less than 3 minutes into the game. The Anchorwomen then went on to score five more goals before freshman midfielder Jaclyn Lawlor responded for the visiting Lancers. Less than a minute later, Drolet went on to score her first of two free position goals and that was followed by a goal from each squad.
Heading into halftime with an 8-2 lead, the Anchor- women were just a couple goals away from putting the game completely out of reach. However, Lancer senior Megan Sheehan drew first blood and scored just minutes into the second half. This would be the last goal RIC sophomore goalkeeper Taryn Carbone allowed as her team continued the scoring rampage headed by three consecutive goals from Drolet.
Drolet went on to finish the game with six goals and
sophomore Ashley Signoriello, sophomore Jessalyn O’Neill and Ricci each tallied a pair of their own. Carbone finished with 12 saves and faced 24 total shots.
Unfortunately the Anchorwomen did not get to enjoy their winning streak after the first place Owls were just a little bit better and pulled away with a 20-12 conference win on the road. The game opened up with Keene St set- ting the tone quick and notched four goals in the first 14 minutes of the half. Both teams scored in bunches and RIC went into the final minute of the half only trailing 7-5.That was when the Owls scored two key goals with 34 sec and then again with just eight sec remaining in the opening half.
Ricci got things underway in the second half and scored just a few minutes into it. That goal was soon responded by from the Owls and a 9-6 lead soon turned into a 12-6 lead with 20 minutes remaining.
Both teams swapped a few more goals before the visitors pulled away and ended up out shooting RIC 45-17 in the game. The key stat was Carbone out saving her counterpart by making 16 stops to only three from the Owls.
Ricci finished with five goals and Drolet added four of her own. Junior Lauren Brown led the way for Keene St by scoring five in the winning effort. Her teammate, sophomore Eliza Witherbee, picked up four goals and two assists.
The Anchorwomen will be back in action at home on Tuesday April 17th when they host the Huskies of the University of Southern Maine at 6:00.