Fitchburg, Mass. – The Fitchburg State women's lacrosse team defeated the Vikings of Salem State University, 18-8 in Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference (MASCAC) action at Elliot Field.
Senior Carolyn Woodin led the Vikings offense with three goals, one assist, four ground balls and three caused turnovers. Freshman Kaitlynn Palmer added a pair of goals in the loss.
Salem State opened the scoring on a pair of markers from Courtney Smith and Carolyn Woodin before the Falcons cut the lead in half with a score from senior Comeau, her 24th of the season. The Vikings pushed the lead to 3-1 on a tally by Woodin with 17:04 to play in the first frame.
Following the intermission, Salem State scored two quick goals sandwiched around Laferriere's 34th goal of the season to cut the deficit to 10-6. However Fitchburg State upped its advantage on goals by Long, Nicole Lee and a pair of scores from Laferriere for the 14-6 margin. Salem stopped the offensive onslaught with a goal from Chelsea Smith, but the Green and Gold continued the dominations with consecutive goals from Laferriere, Fisher, Long and Panek for the 18-8 final.
Throughout the contest, Fitchburg State held a 38-12 margin in shots, while also controlling the ground balls with a 28-21 advantage. In goal, sophomore Marguerite Belcher turned away 4 shots for the Falcons in the complete game effort, while freshman Karlie McLear was impressive for Salem State, making 18 saves of her own in 60 minutes of work.
Fitchburg State (7-6, 2-2 MASCAC) returns to action on Thursday night as it hosts the Pride of Regis College for a contest starting at 7:00 p.m. Salem State (3-9, 2-2 MASCAC) will host Emmanuel on the same day at 6:30 p.m.