Bears Roll Past Emerson for First NEWMAC Win

Kathrine Pittman
Kathrine Pittman

NEW LONDON. Conn.-- Sophomore Etta Davis and freshman Kathrine Pittman scored four goals each to lead Coast Guard women's lacrosse to a 21-4 victory over Emerson in their first New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) victory on Saturday afternoon. The Bears improve to 2-7 overall, and 1-1 in conference play. Emerson drops to 0-3 on the season and 0-1 in the NEWMAC.

Pittman and Davis combined for eight goals to lead the Bears offense. Sophomore Haley McCue and freshman Claire Sullivan both tallied a hat trick, for Sullivan the first goal of the hat trick was her first career goal, and McCue added four draw controls. Sophomore Mel Goins added a pair of goals, while senior Carter Sanderson, junior Erin Mullen, sophomore Haley Howard, and freshman Emily Rivera and Maddie Rizzuto rounded out scoring for the Bears. Sanderson dished out a game-high five assists, breaking the Coast Guard record for assists in a game, which was previously at three. Howard added four assist, to become second on the assists in a game list, she also had a season-high eight draw controls.

Jenna Tomsky scored twice for the Lions, while Camille Mumford and Julia Mallon added a goal each in the setback.

Davis opened the game for the Bears with her first of the game at 28:20, sparking a 10-goal run capped off by McCue at 16:33. Emerson got on the board at 14:25 with a goal from Mumford as they trailed, 10-1. Pittman and Sanderson scored back-to-back goals to extend the Bears lead, 12-1. Tomsky and Mallon scored the next three goals for Emerson as they cut the deficit, 12-4. Goins and Howard scored the final two goals of the half to give the Bears a 14-4 lead at halftime.

Coast Guard shutout Emerson in the second half. The Bears finished with the final seven goals of the game to take the 21-4 victory for their first conference win.

All three goalkeepers for the Bears saw action in the win. Mary Budri improves to 2-6, Rebecca Dolan and Morgan Lusk both made one save. Elizabeth Fretz made four saves for the Lions in the loss.

The Bears are back in action on Tuesday night when they host Western Connecticut State at 7:00 PM.