NEW BRITAIN, Conn. – Regis College was in control from start to finish Wednesday afternoon, defeating University of St. Joseph, 15-2, in a Great Northeast Athletic Conference women's lacrosse match at Arute Field on the campus of Central Connecticut State University.
Nine different Regis players earned at least one point in the match, led by Brooke Ross (Hanover, Mass.) with three goals and one assist. Jordyn Ringuette (Colchester, Conn.) also notched a hat trick with three goals, Emily Kosak (Milton, Mass.) and Rachel Nadeau (Coventry, Conn.) each finished with two goals and one assist, and Taylor Assarian (Arlington, Mass.) led the Pride with three assists.
Nadeau scored the first goal of the match just over three-and-a-half minutes into the contest, followed by Assarian assisting on goals by Ross and Malorie Kiehl (Burlington, Mass.) less than two minutes apart. Ringuette scored two of the next three goals as Regis extended its lead to 6-0 midway through the first half.
The Pride continued to pressure the Blue Jay defense, eventually creating several free position chances on which Regis went 4-for-5 on free position shots in the first half. Meanwhile, for the second time in three matches, Regis shut out its opponent in the first half, as Pride goalie Brittany McPherson (Lynn, Mass.) made six saves before halftime.
In the second half, the Pride extended their lead to 14-0, including Bridget Dowling's (Hanover, Mass.) first goal of the season. St. Joseph finally broke through with approximately seven-and-a-half minutes left in the match on a goal by Taya Valdez, and then the two teams traded goals in the span of less than one-and-a-half minutes to conclude the scoring.
St. Joseph (1-5, 0-4 GNAC) earned twice as many draw controls as Regis in the match, including all seven draw controls in the second half. However, the Blue Jays committed 25 turnovers, 14 of them caused by the Pride, led by Meghan Sargent (Brattleboro, Vt.) with three caused turnovers.
The Pride kept control of the match by converting 16-of-18 clear attempts while holding St. Joseph to just 8-of-18 in successful clearing chances. McPherson tied her season high with 10 saves, while Blue Jay goalie Silvana Barcomb finished with eight saves, seven of them coming in the first half.
Regis (3-1, 2-0 GNAC) begins a stretch of three matches in five days by hosting Simmons Saturday, March 23, starting at 1 p.m. The Pride travel to face UMass Dartmouth Monday, March 25, in a contest rescheduled from Feb. 26, and then they host Lasell at Regis Stadium Wednesday, March 27, beginning at 6 p.m.