The Central Connecticut lacrosse team improved to 3-2 on the season with a 13-12 victory over Niagara on Saturday afternoon. The Blue Devils received three goal performances from sophomores Meaghan McCurry, Betsy Vendel, and junior Ashley Perkoski.
McCurry got the Blue Devils off to a fast start with a goal less than two minutes into the game. McCurry's goal came off of a pass from senior Lyndsey Mastandrea. Central's lead didn't last long as they surrendered three straight goals to Niagara.
The Blue Devils took the lead back as senior Michele Conway scored an unassisted goal with 20:16 left in the half. Perkoski followed quickly with a pair of goals off of free position shots giving the Blue Devils a 4-3 lead with 13:23 left in the period.
Niagara went on a 5-1 run to build a 8-5 lead. The lone goal during that run was scored by Vendel making the game 5-5.
After sophomore Mackenzy Ryan scored to cut the lead to 9-6, Niagara answered making it 10-6, but Central went on a 7-3 run to close out the game.
Vendel and McCurry each scored twice in the run, Perkoski also scored as the trio of Blue Devils finished with three goals. Central's final goal of the game came with 12:05 left as junior Ashley Mara found Mackenzy for the Blue Devils 13th goal.
The final Blue Devil goal made it a 13-11 game. A late comeback by Niagara produced a goal, but the Blue Devils held on for a 13-12 victory.
Junior goalkeeper Erin DeLancey earned her third win of the season, while making 13 saves in 60 minutes of action.
The Blue Devils return to action on Tuesday at Arute Field when they host Liberty. The game is scheduled for 4:00 p.m.