Bears Win Season Opener Over Eastern Conn. State

Annie McGoldrick
Annie McGoldrick

NEW LONDON, Conn.-- Freshman Maddie Rizzuto scored four goals in her first collegiate game as Coast Guard women's lacrosse won, 14-3 in their season opener against Eastern Conn. State on Saturday afternoon at Cadet Memorial Field. The Bears open the season 1-0, while the Warriors drop 0-1.

Rizzuto also added three assists, with four ground balls and three caused turnovers. Seniors Carter Sanderson, and Annie McGoldrick, and sophomore Etta Davis all added two goals each. Junior MegMarie Stanchi had a game-high five caused turnovers with three ground balls.

Sophomore Sydney Hogan, and juniors Tristan Kijak and Madison Renaud each scored for the Warriors. Kijak also added team-highs with four ground balls and four caused turnovers.

Coast Guard opened on a four-goal run that started with sophomore Haley Howard who received a pass from Luisa Santos to net the first goal of the game, just 30 seconds into play. Eastern got on the board at 17:43 when Kijack scored on a free-position shot. Sophomore Mel Goins answered at 17:26, to spark a 5-0 run for the Bears to end the half with a 9-1 advantage.

Hogan scored the opening goal of the half to cut the Eastern deficit, 9-2. Davis scored at 19:54, sparking a four goal run, including two from Rizzuto, extending the Bears lead 13-2. Renaud scored the final goal for Eastern at 4:32 but Rizzuto added her third goal of the second half with 41 seconds remaining to give the Bears the 14-3 final.

Sophomore goalkeeper Mary Budri earned her first win of the season for the Bears with eight saves. The Warriors senior goalie Jessica Purick had two saves in the first half, followed by sophomore Sarah Farag with seven saves in her second half relief.

Both teams were even in draw controls (9) but Coast Guard held the advantage in ground balls, 21-12, and shots, 31-12.

The Bears are back in action on Tuesday, February 26 at 7:00 PM when they travel to Bridgewater State.