BEVERLY, Mass. – The first-seeded Endicott women's lacrosse team captured its third straight Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC) championship with a thrilling 11-10 overtime victory over second-seeded Roger Williams on Friday night at Hempstead Stadium.
The entire game was tightly contested with eight lead changes and seven ties throughout. Neither team was able to find the golden goal in regulation but with just under a minute and a half left in overtime, Julia Lantieri (Glastonbury, Conn.) intercepted a Roger Williams pass in stride and passed the ball up the field to Aleah MacKay (Bedford, N.H.). MacKay then found Jackie Healy (Northborough, Mass.) to the right of the net, who was able to shoot the ball into the lower part of the goal.
Bella Rino (Northborough, Mass.) recorded 11 saves in goal for the Gulls during the victory.
BEYOND THE BOX SCORE
- The Gulls claimed their 12th CCC Championship in program history (2006-14, 2017-19).
- This is the fourth straight season Endicott and Roger Williams have met in the CCC title game.
- Endicott is 3-1 in those meetings against the Hawks.
- Overall, the Gulls hold a 24-4 advantage in the all-time series versus the Hawks, which includes a current six-game winning streak.
- Lantieri led the team in both caused turnovers (4) and ground balls (5).
- In net for the Hawks, Lydia Nelson (Center Moriches, N.Y.) made a season-high 15 stops.
- Emily Stoeppel (Brookfield, Conn.) led all scorers with three goals.
Endicott (14-5) has earned the conference's automatic bid into the NCAA Tournament and will find out its first round opponent on Sunday night at 9:30 PM on www.ncaa.com. Meanwhile, Roger Williams sees its season come to a close at 13-6 overall.
(Photo Credit - David Le '10)