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Women’s Lacrosse Defeats Framingham State, 15-12, With Strong Finish

Julia Loesch

NEW LONDON, Conn. – Senior captain Jamie Navoni (Natick, Mass.) scored five times, which included the game-winning tally and an insurance marker down the stretch, in leading the Connecticut College women's lacrosse team to a 15-12 victory over Framingham State on a cold Wednesday evening at Silfen Field.

Connecticut College built up an 11-8 lead when freshman Mia Kirby (Morristown, N.J.) finished a pass from senior captain Holly Bertschmann (Sherborn, Mass.) for her first career goal to cap a 3-0 run, but the Rams battled back by responding with three unanswered of their own over the next seven minutes and tied the game for the fourth time at 11s when Hanna McMahon drove through traffic and finished at 12:50.

After sophomore Hannah Lombard (Ipswich, Mass.) scored her second goal of the game by capitalizing off a feed from Navoni, Framingham State continued to battle and knotted the match again when Grace Gamache found the back of the net with 6:12 to play. Navoni, however, took control from there by scoring two goals in a span of 1:08 down the stretch. Working from behind the net, Bertschmann found the midfielder for an off-balance shot that put the Camels ahead at 3:04 before she netted a free position attempt to double the margin. Junior Julia Loesch (Charlotte, N.C.) and freshman Kelly Wolin (Sudbury, Mass.) then connected to provide additional insurance in the final seconds to seal the final outcome.

The Camels burst ahead in the first half by netting five unanswered during a hot 10-minute stretch to take an early 6-1 lead. Following a pair of free position goals by Navoni and Kirby, freshman defender Catherine Lawrence (Guilford, Conn.) picked the ball up in the Camels' defensive end and went coast-to-coast to net her first career goal the team playing down due to a yellow card being issued less than two minutes earlier.

Even though the Rams were able tie the game heading into the half and take their first lead in the opening minutes of the second on an Alissa Marino strike, Connecticut College recovered by netting the next two goals and never trailed again. Navoni's timely goals in the final minutes eventually lifted the Camels to their third win of the season and second over a MASCAC opponent.

Navoni finished the game with six draw controls, five goals, and one assist to lead the way for Connecticut College. The Camels outshot the Rams, 27-25, and won 17 of the 29 draws. Kirby contributed on both ends by finishing with two goals and three caused turnovers, while Erin Martin picked up four ground balls and matched Kirby's team best with three caused turnovers as well. Sophomore goalie Nia Fazio (East Longmeadow, Mass.) made six saves to earn the victory.

Gamache paced Framingham State (5-3) in the setback by providing three goals and three assists. Hailey Davis won four draws and picked up three ground balls, and goalie Indigo Fox Tree-McGrath made five stops between the posts.

Connecticut College (3-5) will return to action to face undefeated and No. 7-ranked Tufts in the Bay State on Saturday afternoon at 1 p.m.