Women's Lacrosse Drops Northeast Conference Opener at Home to Bryant

Sophomore Ashley Perkoski and freshman Betsy Vendel each scored three goals and had an assist but the Central Connecticut State University women's lacrosse team dropped its Northeast Conference opener, 14-10, to visiting Bryant on Saturday afternoon. The loss drops the Blue Devils to 2-1 on the season and 0-1 in NEC play. They return to action next Thursday hosting Virgina Tech at 4 p.m.

Bryant took a 3-1 lead before the Blue Devils tied it at 3-3 with back-to-back goals from Vendel and senior Lyndsey Mastandrea. With the game tied 4-4, the Bulldogs scored two straight to take a 6-4 lead.

Central answered with two straight goals from Vendel, her second and third of the game, tying the game at 6-6. With under a minute to play Bryant scored the final goal of a half to take a 7-6 lead.

The Bulldogs scored the first two goals of the second half to up its lead to 9-6. Perkoski and freshman Mackenzy Ryan scored to cut the lead to 9-8 with 21:14 to play.

Bryant answered with five straight goals to open up a 14-8 lead with just over four minutes to play. Perkoski and Ryan each scored again, putting the final score at 14-10.

Perkoski and Vendel each posted three goals and one assist in the game, tallying four points. Ryan added two goals and one assist while junior Michele Conway had two assists. Sophomore goalkeeper Erin DeLancey had 19 saves in goal for the Blue Devils.

Bryant was led by Allison Faiola who had three goals and two assists and Eliza Demarseilles who had a game-high four goals. Lauren Filippone made 11 saves for her first victory of the season in goal.

The Blue Devils return to action with their fourth straight home game to open the 2010 season on Thursday, Mar. 11, hosting Virginia Tech at 4 p.m.