This weekend proved to be a tough one for UNE athletics. With Men's and Women's Lacrosse and Softball all in action, only the Women's Lacrosse team was able to notch one in the win column and save the program from a clean sweep.
After being rained out on Saturday, the Women's Lacrosse team traveled to Newport, R.I. where they left victorious on Sunday. After opening up the game exchanging the first six goals, the Nor'easters went on a tear scoring 11 of the next 12 goals carrying over into the second half. UNE was an offensive force yesterday, out-shooting the Seahawks 45-19 for the game, and finishing the game with a 19-8 score for the victory.
Senior Amanda Barker finished with five goals, while Kate McCarter and Mallory Long each netted four goals. Tara Geraghty got the win, making seven stops in between the pipes. The Nor'easters improve to 2-2 in the conference and 2-6 overall. The Women will travel to St. Joe's(1-2, 4-3) this afternoon for an out of conference match up at 4pm.
The Men's Lacrosse team fell to Salve Regina yesterday, who remains undefeated in the TCCC. UNE was down early, 3-1 in the first, and then the Seahawks exploded for four goals in the third to expand the lead to 7-3. The Nor'easters were unable to get any offense going, getting out-shot 54-25, and generating only one goal per quarter, losing the match 8-4. First year net-minder had a solid day, stopping a career high 20 shots, including eight in the third quarter. Senior Dan Leyden increased his point total to 21 after finding the back of the net three times in yesterday's game.
The Nor'easters will look to get their first conference win of the season as they host the fifth ranked team in the nation, Endicott College, tomorrow at 4pm.
I guess I jinxed the Women's Softball team. After praising them for their great play throughout the season, the Blue and White dropped four straight games this weekend. On Saturday, Nichols College hosted UNE sweeping the double-header. In the first game, UNE out-hit the Bison 12-11, but Nichols had the timelier hitting, scoring three runs in the fifth to put them on top for good. In the second game, the Nor'easter bats were quiet and the fielding was lackluster. Senior Megan Gaedje was responsible for UNE's lone run, blasting a home run in the fourth. Four UNE errors lead to three unearned runs for pitcher Amber Zablowsky.
On Sunday, the Women traveled to Endicott College trying to get on the winning track once again. In the first game, UNE jumped out to a 6-0 lead before losing by mercy rule 15-6. Endicott had there hitting shoes on, racking up 15 runs on 15 hits for a 15-6 victory. Seniors Megan Gaedje and Ashley Depasquale each had two hits, while Gaedje knocked in two and Depasquale had four RBIs. The second game was much of the same story, but the Nor'easters stayed in the game. Endicott once again smacked the ball all over the field, posting 13 hits in the 8-6 victory for the Gulls. Depasquale once again led the charge for the Nor'easters, blasting a two run homer. Junior Julie Monteiro chipped in with two hits and two RBIs for UNE who return to action on Thursday when they host Eastern Nazarene College at 3:30pm.