By: AJ Clark
Anchor Sports Writer
After four years of Little East Conference play, totaling 22 games, the Rhode Island College women’s lacrosse team finally won a conference match up and in the process clinched a berth into the Little East Conference Tournament by defeating UMass Dartmouth 19-11 last week. Senior attacker Nicky Drolet led the way for RIC on her senior night by scoring a career-high eight goals and the 19 goals scored as a team were a season high. To close out the season, the Anchorwomen lost 19-8 at Plymouth State University on Saturday, and ended up as the six seed in the Little East Conference Tournament where they will travel to top-seeded Eastern Connecticut State University on Tuesday, May 1. RIC dominated the first half, as the Corsairs could not contain the Anchorwomen offense and were out shot 31-9 in the first stanza. RIC jumped out to a 5-1 lead just 10 minutes into the game, but were contested after the Corsairs scored two quick goals to cut the lead to only two, but that was the closest the game would be. After scoring the next seven goals of the half, the Anchorwomen walked into the half with a 12-3 lead. Drolet opened up the half with a goal just seconds in, but UMass would not go down without a fight and rallied off five goals in a row to cut the lead down with a score of 13-8. Senior Molly Voyer and Drolet did not want their senior night to be spoiled and they scored back-to-back goals to put the game out of reach en route to the 19-11 victory. Also closing out their collegiate careers were senior midfielders Jenna Childs and Courtney McKiernan. Drolet had two assists to go along with her eight goals and freshman attacker Jessica Ricci pitched in five goals of her own in a winning effort. Corsair junior midfielder Denise Gates had a very impressive performance in the loss as she scored five goals and had five assists, having a hand in on 10 of the Corsairs 11 goals. Closing out the season on the road, RIC had to face Little East Conference rival Plymouth State University. The Panthers scored seven of the first eight goals of the match and held a 7-1 lead midway through the first half. After two goals from Drolet, the hosts went on the close out the half by scoring the next five of six goals and took a 12-4 lead going into the second half. Picking up where they left off, the Panthers continued their scoring party on their own senior day and held a 19-4 lead with five minutes remaining. Ricci picked up two goals and Drolet and Voyer each added one to close out the game, but the damage had already been done and Plymouth State walked away 19-8 winners. Sophomore goalkeeper Taryn Carbone finished the game with six saves and finished the regular season with a 4-10 record. Ricci and Drolet led RIC scorers with three goals apiece and Voyer tallied a pair of goals as well. The Anchorwomen finished the regular season with a 4-10 record overall and just 1-5 in the Little East Conference. RIC will be back in action during the postseason when they travel to Eastern Connecticut State University for the Little East Conference Tournament Quarterfinals on Tuesday, May 1.