DANBURY, CT – Senior midfielder Destinee Carey (New Milford, CT) tallied a game-high six goals while dishing out three assists to lead the Western Connecticut women's lacrosse team to an 18-10 victory over visiting non-league foe Bard College in the season opener for both squads at The Westside Athletic Complex on Wednesday night. Junior midfielder Olivia Kosilla (Ellington, CT) chipped in with five goals and four assists, while sophomores Lauren Bradshaw (Bethel, CT), Amber Andrews (New Milford, CT) and rookie Brooke Baldelli (New Fairfield, CT) each added a pair of goals for the Colonials.
Sophomore midfielder Nicole Ellin (Franklin, MA) paced the Raptors with five goals while freshman Caleigh DeCaprio (Islip, NY) added three goals and a helper.
Bard drew first blood less than three minutes into the contest when Ellin found the back of the net. Western countered with a five goal outburst. Kosilla finished off the flurry, tickling the twin off a nifty feed from Carey, giving the hosts a 5-1 lead midway through the opening stanza. The Colonials extended the advantage to 9-4 when Carey notched her fourth goal of the game with 8:32 remaining before the break. The visitors then chiseled away at the lead, slicing it to 10-8 when DeCaprio connected on a free position attempt just before halftime.
It was all Western in the second half as they erupted to reel off eight straight tallies. Kosilla rounded out the bombardment off yet another mesmerizing pass from Carey, giving the Colonials an 18-8 lead with 7:26 left. Bard would counter with a pair of late goals, shrinking the gap to the final score, 18-10. With the win, Western improved to 1-0 overall as rookie netminder Mikayla Ramos (Danbury, CT) earned her first win while recording three saves in 30 minutes of play. She was relieved by senior Missy O'Donnell (Bridgeport, CT) who also turned aside three Raptor shots. Junior goalie Kaylynn Tran (New Orleans, LA) fell to 0-1 for Bard while finishing with 11 saves.
"We still have a lot of work to do. We lacked the intensity to start, but bounced back for the second half. We're looking forward to getting back to work tomorrow in preparation for Saturday. All in all, it is always great to open up your season with a win," said Western second-year head coach Jennifer Thomas following the triumph.
The Colonials return to action at non-conference opponent Worcester State on Saturday at Noon.