NEW LONDON, Conn. – Senior captain Jamie Navoni (Natick, Mass.) scored four times in the second half and classmate Jackie Cooney (San Rafael, Conn.) set two career highs on defense to help lift the Connecticut College women's lacrosse team to a 15-4 victory over Smith College on Saturday afternoon at a wet and windy Silfen Field.
Connecticut College took control of the game right out of the gates, as junior Meghan Corcoran (West Hartford, Conn.) opened the scoring just 20 seconds into the contest and then found senior captain Holly Bertschmann (Sherborn, Mass.) to double the margin at the 24:39 mark. After Maddie Ryan put the Pioneers on the board with 22:56 on the clock, the Camels embarked on a 6-0 run to pull away before halftime. Sophomore Mazey Loomis (Wenham, Mass.) most notably finished a pass from freshman Kelly Wolin (Sudbury, Mass.) and netted a free position shot to help give the hosts an 8-2 lead at recess.
The Camels, who recognized their four-member senior class of captains during a pregame ceremony, did not let up in the second half. Navoni tallied her first goal 41 seconds into the frame and then netted three straight in a span of 3:56 to make it 12-3 with 18:14 left. Sophomore Hannah Lombard (Ipswich, Mass.) then tallied her first goal of the game at 11:10 to keep the clock running due to the 10-goal rule, and Loomis capped the scoring with back-to-back goals to produce the final outcome.
Loomis and Navoni each scored four goals to lead the way for Connecticut College, which outshot the Pioneers by a 39-22 margin and only allowed the visitors to successfully clear the ball on one-third of their attempts. Senior Jackie Cooney (San Rafael, Calif.) finished with two career highs by picking up 12 ground balls and recording nine caused turnovers, while Navoni and freshman Catherine Lawrence (Guilford, Conn.) caused three turnovers apiece. Sophomore Nina Fazio (East Longmeadow, Mass.) only had to make two saves to pick up the victory between the pipes.
Smith (8-7) got goals from four different players – Chloe Harris, Clelie Fielding, Bryn Murray, and Maddie Ryan – and nine saves in the cage from Alyssa Schams through nearly 50 minutes of action. Katie Christensen, Nat Schad, and Murray caused three turnovers apiece.
Connecticut College (4-10) wraps up its 2019 campaign when it visits nationally-ranked Wesleyan on Wednesday at 6 p.m.