The Central Connecticut women's lacrosse team improved on the program's best start to Northeast Conference play with a 14-7 victory over Wagner on Sunday. The Blue Devils are now 3-0 in NEC games this season and 5-4 overall. Sophomore Claire Healy led the Blue Devil offense with five points in the game.
The Blue Devils and Seahawks traded goals over the first 15 minutes of play, with Wagner holding a 3-2 advantage at the mid-way mark of the first half.
Junior Meaghan McCurry got the Blue Devils on the board with a goal at the 21:28 mark. That score was assisted by senior Ashley Perkoski. Junior Betsy Vendel scored Central's second goal, finding the net unassisted with 15:34 left in the period.
Vendel scored two straight goals for the Blue Devils to give her team a 4-3 lead. Vendel's first goal was assisted by sophomore Amanda Toke and she scored the second on a free position shot. McCurry followed with a goal off a pass from Healy, which extended Central's lead to 5-3.
Wagner added a goal, which was followed by the Blue Devils scoring four straight times to end the half.
Junior Mackenzy Ryan, Healy, McCurry and Toke scored the four goals for Central. It was the first of the game for Ryan, Healy, and Toke and the third of the period for McCurry who would finish the game with four goals.
McCurry opened the second half with her fourth goal. Perkoski had the assist on the score, which gave the Blue Devils a 10-4 lead.
A Wagner goal made it a 10-5 game, but Healy found the net off a pass from Vendel to push Central's lead back to six.
The Seahawks scored again to cut their deficit to 11-6, but Central answered with three straight goals.
Perkoski scored on a free position shot to make it a 12-6 game and Ryan scored her second of the game with the help of Healy. Then Healy passed to Toke who scored Central's final goal of the game.
Wagner added a goal in the final minute to make it a 14-7 final score.
Senior goalkeeper Erin DeLancey made 12 saves and anchored the Blue Devil defense, which limited the Seahawks to just seven goals. The seven goals allowed mark the sixth time this season that Central's defense has held its opponents to single-digit points.
Vendel finished the game with eight draw controls to go along with her three goals and an assist.
McCurry had a game-high four goals and Healy finished with a game-high five points on three assists and a pair of goals.
Sophomore Ashley Olhausen contributed a pair of caused turnovers and three ground balls to Central's defensive effort.
The Blue Devils return to action on Thursday at Monmouth, before traveling to Mount St. Mary's for a Saturday game.