Westfield, Mass. – The third seed Framingham State University women's lacrosse team was eliminated from the 2017 Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference (MASCAC) Tournament this evening with a 13-8 loss to second seed Westfield State University at Alumni Field.
With the win, Westfield State (12-5) advances to the MASCAC championship game, where the Owls will face top-seeded Bridgewater State at Bridgewater on Saturday at 1:00 p.m. The Rams see their season come to a close at 12-7.
Sophomore midfielder Sydney Lambert scored three goals and added an assist to pave the way for the Owls who led 8-1 at the half.
Westfield tallied first just 1:09 into the game as Lambert drove to the cage for an unassisted goal. Framingham tied the game at 1-1 four minutes later as Shae Riley fed Grace Gamache from behind the cage and Gamache one-timed the shot from six yards out.
The Owls rattled off the next seven goals in the half, taking a 2-1 lead on Melissa Nimeskern's transition goal, and capping the half with a goal from Hunter Zacharicz after a pass from Lucy Barrett at the top of the 12-yard arc.
Maria Woodall started in goal and made nine saves in the first half for the Owls.
Framingham gained momentum in the second half as Audrey Duhaime netted the first two goals of the half, then Riley fed Kim Foley from behind the cage, then and Riley added a free position goal as the Rams trimmed the Owls lead to 8-5 in the first 7:48 of the second half.
The two teams traded goals then the Owls finally pulled away for good, scoring three straight to take a 12-6 lead.
Nimeskern, Zacharicz and Alexa Tonelli each scored a pair of goals for the Owls in the game.
Framingham was led by two goals each from Gamache, Foley and Duhaime.
Goalkeeper Indigo Fox Tree-McGrath made four saves in the cage for the Rams.
The teams were evenly matched from a statistical standpoint, as Westfield held a slim 24-22 edge in shots, a 20-19 advantage in ground balls, and Framingham committed 24 turnovers to the Owls 23.
Release courtesy of WSU Sports Information