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Rams open season with five straight wins before running into Wellesley

By Richard Tranfaglia

Framingham State defeated Huntingdon 12-3 on Thursday, Mar. 16. The win helped the Rams improve to 5-0 on the young season.

The Rams scored four goals in the first half. Rylee Holmes scored the first two, giving Framingham an early 2-0 advantage.

Jade Paul kept the Hawks in the game early. Paul answered Holmes’ pair of goals with a goal of her own to make it 2-1. After Jessica Graham extended the Rams’ lead to 3-1, Paul answered again, making it 3-2.

Nicole Pacheco scored just before the half, to send the Rams into the break up 4-2.

In the second half, the Rams’ offense exploded for eight goals.

Lindsay Nixon led the way with a hat trick and ended with five points. Kristen Keenan and Shae Riley each contributed two goals in the half. Riley was also a playmaker as she contributed three assists on the day.

Caitlin Baril and Alexa Murray each added a score to reach the final margin.

Framingham State outshot Huntingdon 27-12. Pacheco led the Rams with four shots on goal and Paul led the Hawks with four.

Rams goalie Indigo Fox Tree-McGrath had seven saves in the win. Alyssa Alvarado made four stops for the Hawks.

Framingham suffered its first loss of the season Wednesday, Mar. 22 to Wellesley College by a score of 12-6.

Wellesley started off fast with two goals in the first two minutes. Courtney Peterson and Nikki Sharkin were responsible for the scores.

For Sharkin, the goal marked the first of a hat trick, while for Peterson, the score was the first of a game-high four goals on the afternoon. Peterson also added an assist.

Holmes, Graham and Kimberly Foley kept the game close for FSU, as each of them tallied a goal. Wellesley took a 6-3 lead at the half behind the firepower of Peterson and Sharkin.

In the second half, Wellesley got some help from Carley Philips, Lena Engbreston, Dacia Persky and Mary Lemay who each contributed a score to reach the final margin.

Foley had a hat trick for FSU in the loss. She led the team with six shots on net and added one assist.

Wellesley outshot Framingham 31-15. Tree-McGrath made six saves for the Rams. Wellesley only needed Wendy Nettelton to make two saves throughout.

The Rams move to 5-1 on the season.

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