NEW LONDON, Conn. – Junior captain Jamie Navoni (Natick, Mass.) scored seven goals, which included the eventual game-winning marker, to help lead the Connecticut College women's lacrosse team earn a 12-10 victory over Endicott on Wednesday afternoon at Silfen Field.
The teams traded goals at the beginning of the game. Navoni put the Camels on the board just 49 seconds into the contest by finishing a free position shot before Jennifer Lacroix evaded several defenders and had an answer on the other end. Navoni, however, scored the next two goals to put the hosts ahead for the remainder of the game. Sophomore Clara Bisson (Sudbury, Mass.) netted an unassisted marker with 4:28 on the clock to give her team its largest lead at 8-3, and the Camels carried an 8-6 advantage at halftime.
In the second half, the programs once again traded goals with Bisson and Lacroix providing the offense. The Camels, however, went on another run by scoring three unanswered to pull away. Senior Anna Jorgensen (Ridgewood, N.J.), who was awarded a free position shot, most notably found Navoni for the eventual game-winning marker at 21:50 before setting up sophomore Kirby Heffrin (Marblehead, Mass.) less than three minutes later to make it 12-7 with under 20 minutes remaining. Endicott did not go away and responded with three straight goals, but the deficit was too much to overcome.
Connecticut College (2-2) had a commanding 31-20 advantage in shots and won 18 of the 24 draws. In addition to netting seven goals, Navoni finished the game with an assist, six draw controls, two caused turnovers and three ground balls. Bisson won a game-high eight draws while also contributing three goals and two assists. Defensively, senior Jackie Cooney (San Rafael, Calif.) caused three turnovers and scooped up three ground balls and classmate Megan Mullin (Sudbury, Mass.) made seven saves.
Lacroix paced Endicott (3-1), which advanced to the NCAA Tournament by winning the Commonwealth Coast Conference title last season, by racking up six goals on eight shot attempts which were all on target. She also won two draw controls. Talia Dellatto ended the game with three caused turnovers, while goalie Bella Rino turned away 14 shots.
Connecticut College wraps up a four-game homestand when it hosts Williams on Saturday at noon.