Bears Comeback Falls Short in NEWMAC Opener

Etta Davis
Etta Davis

NEW LONDON, Conn.-- The Bears rallied with four goals in the final 11 minutes of play to force an overtime in the New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) women's lacrosse opener against Smith. Coast Guard fell short as Smith scored the game-winner a minute and 15 seconds into the extra time for the 10-9 win. Coast Guard falls to 1-6 on the season and 0-1 in the NEWMAC, while Smith improves to 6-1 and 1-0 in conference play.

Freshman Maddie Rizutto tallied a hat trick and senior Carter Sanderson added a pair of goals to lead the Bears. Sophomores Luisa Santos, Etta Davis, Haley McCue, and Haley Howard all scored a goal each to round out the Bears scoring. Senior Angela Ortiz had a team-high four caused turnovers, and classmate Leah Llewellyn caused three turnovers and had four ground balls.

Maddie Ryan scored a hat trickm, including the overtime game-winner and Bryn Murray added two goals and two assists leading Smith in the victory.

Murray and Bella Ferraro combined to score the first three goals of the game for Smith, as they jumped to a quick 3-0 lead in the opening 11 minutes. Rizutto put away her first of the game at 16:06 to put the Bears on the board as they trailed, 3-1. Maddie Ryan scored for Smith at 6:19 to extend their lead 4-1. The Bears scored the final two goals of the half, as Sanderson and McCue brought the Bears within one, 4-3 heading into halftime.

Smith scored the opening three goals of the half, including two man-up goals to increase their advantage, 7-3. Howard scored her first of the game in a man-down situation at 16:36 to cut the deficit, 7-4. Smith took advantage on a man-up situation and scored at 15:13 to make it 8-4 but Rizutto answered under a minute later and scored her second of the game, man-down to bring the Bears within three. Kaitlin Chiu scored the final goal for Smith in regulation on another man-up opportunity to increase the Pioneers lead, 9-5.

Sanderson scored her second of the game at 10:40, sparking a four-goal run capped by Etta Davis, scoring her lone goal of the game at 3:47 to send the game into overtime, 9-9.

Ryan ended the game on a free-position shot, a minute and 45 seconds into the overtime period, as Smith took the 10-9 victory in the NEWMAC opener.

Coast Guard outshot the Pioneers, 21-19 and held a 18-17 advantage in ground balls.

Sophomore Mary Budri turned away five shots in the Bears setback, while Alyssa Schams made nine saves for the Pioneers.

The Bears are back in action on Tuesday, March 26 at 5:30 PM when they travel to Merchant Marine Academy.