NEW LONDON, Conn. – Sophomore Julia Loesch (Charlotte, N.C.) scored five goals to lead the Connecticut College women's lacrosse team to an 18-8 triumph over Eastern Connecticut State on Tuesday evening.
The opening minutes were tightly contested until Erica Hesser scored on a free-position attempt to fuel a six-goal outburst. Led by Loesch's two markers, five different Camels found the back of the net during the stretch and six players recorded a point to help the team take a 9-4 lead into the recess.
After a seesaw battle ensued to start the final half, the Camels used a second big scoring run to win the game in lopsided fashion. Loesch started streak by netting back-to-back unassisted goals at 11:06 and 7:31 before junior Jamie Navoni (Natick, Mass.) found freshman Hannah Lombard (Ipswich, Mass.) with 14 seconds to let the clock run out with the 10-goal rule in effect.
Loesch provided six points on five goals and one assists for Connecticut College, which outshot the Warriors by a lopsided margin of 44-15, had a 25-16 advantage in ground balls and a 16-11 edge in draw controls. Lombard registered a career-high five points on three goals and two assists, while Navoni made strong contributions in nearly every phase of the game with 11 draw controls, five caused turnovers, four ground balls, three goals and one assist to her credit. Freshman Mazey Loomis (Wenham, Mass.) scored her first career goal, and senior goalie Megan Mullin (Sudbury, Mass.) made six saves.
Tristan Kijak led all scorers for Eastern Connecticut State by providing two goals and one assist. She also finished the game with three draw controls, three ground balls and two caused turnovers. Jessica Purik did all she could between the pipes by making 16t stops in the losing effort.
Connecticut College (3-5), which has now won three home games, will look to continue its success on its home turf when it hosts No. 7 Tufts on Saturday at noon.