NORTHAMPTON, Mass. – Junior captain Jamie Navoni (Natick, Mass.) exploded to score 11 goals and set up two more to propel the Connecticut College women's lacrosse team to a 17-11 non-conference victory over Smith on Saturday afternoon.
Neither team led by more than a goal in the opening half until the waning minutes. Navoni, however, almost single-handedly kept the Camels in the contest by scoring six times during the frame, including the team's first five markers. After sophomore Clara Bisson (Sudbury, Mass.) and Navoni connected twice to give the Camels a three-goal lead, Smith's Julia Hamilton found the back of the net to make it 8-6 at the break and stay within striking distance.
Connecticut College never surrendered the lead in the second half and utilized a more balanced offense to put the game away. Sophomore Kate Bermingham (Amherst, N.H.) started a 5-0 run over a span of 3:46 by finding classmate Meghan Corcoran (West Hartford, Conn.) at 21:17 and scoring an unassisted goal a minute later to put the Camels in control for the remainder of the contest. Navoni provided the final two tallies for the visitors, which included finishing a pass from Bermingham, to produce the final outcome and establish what is believed to be a pair of single-game school records for goals and points.
In addition to finding the back of the net 11 times and adding two assists, Navoni also won a game-high six draws to lead the way for Connecticut College. The Camels outshot the Pioneers, 36-23, and were successful on all 25 of their clear attempts. Junior Erin Martin (Scituate, Mass.) caused five turnovers defensively, and senior Megan Mullin (Sudbury, Mass.) made eight saves. Navoni's 11 goals and 13 points
Smith was paced by Caroline Myran, who was one of three Pioneer players to finish the game with four points by contributing two goals and two assists. She also won five draws, caused five turnovers and picked up two ground balls. Chloe Harris added three markers and an assist, while goalie Sarah Price turned away 11 shots.
Connecticut College (4-10) will wrap up its 2018 campaign when it hosts nationally-ranked Wesleyan on Wednesday evening at 6 p.m.