Lacrosse Puts Out Flames 19-10
The Central Connecticut lacrosse team dominated Liberty on Tuesday afternoon. The Blue Devils improved to 4-2 on the season with the 19-10 victory. The Blue Devils led 8-6 at the half and then exploded for an 9-0 run to start the second period. Central's offense was led by five goals from sophomore Mackenzy Ryan and four from senior Michele Conway.
Karis Walborn got the Flames on the board first with an early strike, but Conway answered with a goal off of an assist from sophomore Betsy Vendel. Walborn scored two straight goals to give Liberty a 3-1 lead before junior Ashley Mara scored to make it a 3-2 game.
The Blue Devils and Flames traded goals with Central tying the game at six on a free position shot by sophomore Mackenzy. The Blue Devils added two more goals in the final seconds of the half to take a 8-6 lead into the break. Conway had the first of those goals and junior Ashley Perkoski added the second on a free position shot.
The Blue Devil offense came alive in the second half as Central ran out to a 17-6 lead. Conway opened up the scoring on a free position shot with 27:54 left in the half. She registered the assist on the Blue Devils next two goals as Mackenzy found the net for the third and fourth time.
Conway, Mara, freshman Amanda Toke, and sophomore Meaghan McCurry each scored making it a 15-6 game before Mackenzy closed the 9-0 run with another pair of goals. Vendel assisted on three of the Blue Devils goals during that run.
Liberty's Nina Dunay scored a goal to cut the Blue Devils lead to 17-7, but Central answered quickly. The Blue Devils answered quickly as Conway and McCurry each assisted senior Lyndsey Mastandrea on back-to-back goals giving the Blue Devils a 19-7 lead.
The Flames scored three times in the final two minutes to make it a 19-10 game. Central goalkeeper Erin DeLancey earned the win while making seven saves. She improves to 4-2 on the season.
Conway finished with a game-high seven points, four goals and three assists. Vendel had two goals and four assists for six points, and Mackenzy scored five times to lead the Blue Devils in that category.
The Blue Devils return to action on Friday when they host Howard on Arute Field. That game begins at 3 p.m.