WESTFIELD, Mass. – Freshman Kelly Wolin (Sudbury, Mass.) completed her first career hat trick as a collegian by finding the back in the waning minutes to help the Connecticut College women's lacrosse team record a 12-11 victory over Westfield State on Wednesday evening.
The seesaw affair had eight ties and four lead changes. Senior Jamie Navoni (Natick, Mass.) scored the first goal just 52 seconds into the contest, but Marissa Nimeskern had a quick answer less than two minutes later to set the tone for how the game would play out over the course of the evening. Westfield State took its first lead when Lucy Barrett found Alexa Tonelli to make it 3-2 at the 12:01 mark. However, the Camels battled back and went ahead by a 4-3 score on a strike by junior Clara Bisson (Sudbury, Mass.) with 5:13 remaining in the opening half.
Connecticut College (2-4) maintained the edge, leading 6-5 at halftime and breaking a 7-7 tie when Bisson scored her second goal of the contest at the 23:58 mark of the second frame. The Owls regrouped and went ahead for the first time of the half when Barrett connected with Maddie Bartkus, but it was short lived, as Wolin and Navoni scored back-to-back markers to allow the Camels to regain the lead at 10-9 by the midway point of the frame. The teams traded goals the rest of the way with junior Julia Loesch (Charlotte, N.C.) finding Wolin for the marker that would prove to be the difference with 3:46 left.
Wolin had a career-best performance by finishing with four points on three goals and one assist to lead the way for Connecticut College. Navoni won four draws, scored four goals, and provided a helper, while Bisson tallied two goals, picked up two ground balls and caused two turnovers. Sophomore netminder Nina Fazio (East Longmeadow, Mass.) turned away 11 shots to earn the win between the posts.
Westfield State (2-4) was paced by Sdyney Lambert and Barrett. Lambert netted a hat trick and Barrett ended the game with two goals and two assists. Maria Woodall scooped up six ground balls and made 11 saves.
Connecticut College will look to win its first NESCAC game of the season when it hosts No. 10 Colby on Saturday at noon.