The Central Connecticut lacrosse team crushed Long Island by 10 goals on Thursday afternoon. The 21-11 victory improves their record to 7-8 on the season and 2-6 in Northeast Conference action. The Blue Devils were led by eight points from sophomore Mackenzy Ryan.
Central jumped out to a 9-6 first half lead against the Blackbirds. The Blue Devils scored early as junior Cara Momnie delivered a goal only 25 seconds into the game. Sophomore Meaghan McCurry had the assist on the play.
The teams traded goals with Ryan scoring Central's second goal unassisted at the 27:55 mark. Senior Michele Conway scored an unassisted goal and then Ryan found sophomore Betsy Vendel for a score to tie the game at 4-2.
Sophomore Ali Roche scored a goal and junior Ashley Perkoski scored a pair as the Blue Devils went on a four goal run late in the half. Ryan netted her second goal of the game to cap the streak, which finished off the Blue Devils first half scoring at nine goals.
After the break Long Island cut the Central lead to 9-7, but the Blue Devils responded quickly with goals from Conway and Perkoski making it an 11-8 game.
The Blue Devils pulled away in the second half. Ryan added her third, fourth and fifth goals of the game, while Momnie recorded her second and junior Ashley Mara scored her first. McCurry registered three scores in the run as the Blue Devils put the game out of reach at 19-10.
The Blue Devils cruised to a 21-11 victory in the final minutes.
Ryan finished with a game-high five goals and also made three assists. Perkoski and Vendel each finished with six points. Vendel had two goals and four assists, while Perkoski scored four times and helped twice.
Conway and McCurry each posted three goal, one assist performances. Momnie had two goals and Roche and Mara had a single goal to make up the 21 for the Blue Devils.
The Blue Devils close out the regular season on Saturday at NEC rival Wagner.