BEVERLY, Mass. – The No. 2 seed Endicott women's lacrosse team defeated visiting No. 3 seed UNE, 14-10, Wednesday evening in the Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC) Semifinals at Hempstead Stadium to advance to the title game for the 11th time in the past 12 seasons.
In a matchup of teams who saw each other one week ago to the day in the regular-season finale, the Gulls and Nor'easters faced a familiar foe as the teams played a back-and-forth first half with Endicott building a three-goal lead to take into the half up 7-4.
After trading goals to begin the second half, Endicott went on a 4-0 run to make it 12-5 with 16:30 remaining in the game and increased that advantage to a 14-8 margin for the Gulls' largest lead on the day at the 9:31 mark.
UNE scored four unanswered goals before the final buzzer sounded, but the deficit was too great to overcome as the Gulls' on-field celebration turned into a locker room bound procession to learn who their championship opponent would be.
Freshman attack Jackie Healy (Northborough, Mass.) erupted for a career-high five goals to lead the way for the Gulls.
BEYOND THE BOX SCORE
- Whitney stretched her scoring streak to seven straight games with three goals and two assists, while also tying a team-high with four ground balls, and a season-high/game-high four caused turnovers on the day.
- Whitney has scored in 15 of the Gulls' 17 games this season.
- Freshman midfielder Jackie Neilsen (Agawam, Mass.) registered a career-high five points with three goals and two assists.
- Sophomore attack Erin McCarthy (Old Lyme, Conn.) dished out a career-high two assists, while senior attack Isabelle Sipperly (Greenwich, N.Y.) tied her career high with two helpers.
- Sophomore midfielder Olivia Larson (Cheshire, Conn.) won a team-high six draw controls.
- Junior goalie Maura Grady (Marblehead, Mass.) stopped nine shots as she improved to 6-9 between the pipes.
FOR THE FOES
- Senior netminder Courtney Kendall (Waltham, Mass.) made 11 saves as she fell to 10-6 on the year.
- Freshman midfielder Korinne Bohunsky (Eliot, Maine) won a game-high seven draw controls and team-high three caused turnovers to go with a team-high four points (3 goals, one assist).
- Senior attack Katie Cawley (Cumberland, Maine) also recorded a hat trick.
- Junior midfielder Jocelyn Davee (Freeport, Maine) added two goals and one assist.
- Sophomore midfielder Olivia Carpenter (Middlebury, Vt.) scooped up a game-high five ground balls.
- The Gulls are 17-5 all-time and 10-2 at home all-time against UNE, dating back to the 2001 season.
- Endicott has won 17 straight against the Nor'easters, including a 12-9 victory in Beverly, Mass. in the most recent meeting before today on April 26, 2016.
- The Gulls and Nor'easters have squared off in the postseason four times, with the most recent meeting before today a 19-6 victory for Endicott in Beverly, Mass. on May 1, 2013 in the CCC Semifinals.
Endicott (8-9) moves on to face top-seeded Roger Williams in the CCC Championship on Saturday, May 7th, 2016, in Bristol, R.I. UNE (11-7) sees its season come to an end.
2016 CCC Women's Lacrosse Tournament
Dates and times subject to change.
Semifinals – Wednesday, May 4
Finals – Saturday, May 7
#2 Endicott at #1 Roger Williams, TBD