Women’s soccer drops ECAC opener to UNE, finish 11-8-2 on the year
By Matt Ferris
The Rams traveled to Worcester State on Nov. 6 to take on the Lancers in the MASCAC semi- finals.
The Rams and Lancers went back and forth throughout the first half, but neither team was able to convert any chances, ending the half 0-0.
Just 50 seconds into the second half the Lancers drew first blood. Alicia Macomber received a long pass from teammate Jenna Martin, and sent a rip into the top corner of the net. Goalkeeper Sara Sullivan was unable to make the save giving the Lancers a 1-0 lead.
Just one minute later, the Lancers struck again, making it 2-0. This time it was Nikki DiPilla who sent a shot into the goal.
In the 77th minute, the Lancers would add one more insurance goal, putting the game out of reach. Kendel Bergenholtz dribbled the ball down the field and snuck a shot past Sullivan to make it 3-0, the eventual final score.
The Rams’ best scoring chance came in the first half, when Angela Pallotta took a free kick from about 30 yards out. She fired a shot on net, but goalkeeper Jillian Witkowski was able to get a hand on it making the save.
The Rams were outshot 17-10 by the Lancers.
Sullivan made six saves, while Pallotta led the team with four shots in the game. The loss dropped the Rams to 11-7-2 on the year.
The Rams traveled to the University of New England on Nov. 11 to take on the Nor’easters in the ECAC Division III New England Championship.
The Rams earned the postseason berth by going 10-5-2 in the regular season.
The Rams kept it scoreless for much of the first half until the 43rd minute. The Nor’easters struck first making it 1-0 when Becca Murphy received a pass and shot the ball into the back of the net.
Just four minutes after halftime, it was Murphy again. This time she shot a low strike past Sullivan to make it 2-0.
The Nor’easters put the game away, scoring three unanswered goals in a six minute span. All of the goals came from Edie Pallozzi earning her a hat trick, the =rst in the 62nd and the third coming in the 66th. The three goals made it 5-0 Nor’easters.
The Rams were outshot 26-9 in the match. Sullivan made eight saves for the Rams in the loss, while Marissa Miele led the team in shots with three.
The loss dropped the Rams to 11-8-2 on the year and ended their season.