Connecticut College 10, Wesleyan University 8 Abbott Explodes with Five Second Half Scores for Camels

Kelsey Burke '12
Kelsey Burke '12
NEW LONDON, Conn.--Sophomore Lowell Abbott (Manchester, Mass.) scored five of her six goals in the second half to lead the Connecticut College women's lacrosse team past NESCAC and intra-state rival Wesleyan in a 10-8 triumph on the Artificial Turf at Silfen Field. Abbott closes out the season with 45 goals and seven assists for a total of 52 points. The Camels improve their record to 6-10 with a 2-8 mark in the NESCAC. It's the highest win total for the Camels in conference play since 2008. The Cardinals slipped to 6-10 with a 1-9 mark in conference action. Junior Bri Miller (Sudbury, Mass.) chipped in with goal #29 and 30 of the season for the winning side. Katelyn Driscoll (Peabody, Mass.) scored her 34th of the season to go along with four ground balls and four draws. Cecily Cushman (Marblehead, Mass.) registered a goal and an assist. Kelsey Burke (Atlanta, Ga.) was a huge difference in this contest, coming up with several stops from point-blank range en route to her nine save effort for the Camels. "It's nice to send our four seniors off with a win and achieve our first two win season in NESCAC play since 2008," Connecticut College Head Women's Lacrosse Coach Liz Longley said. " Wesleyan University juniors Kaylin Berger (Farmington, Conn.), Kayla Ellman (Montclair, N.J.) and Lydia Kring (Philadelphia, Pa.) all scored twice for the visitors. Liz Chabot (Rye, N.Y.) and Claire O'Brien (Ballston Lake, N.Y.) closed out their careers for the Cardinals with scores. Senior net-minder Maggie Dormice (Glen Head, N.Y.) made 14 saves to go with three ground balls. The Camels took a 4-2 lead in the opening half when Izzy Marx (Ridgewood, N.J.) assisted Cushman for a goal in the slot area with 4:57 remaining. The Cardinals responded though, scoring the final two goals of the half. Kring found the back of the net with a free position and Ellman scored the equalizer with 35.2 seconds remaining and the game was knotted up at four. In the second half, Abbott and Burke stole the show for the home team. Abbott scored three of the team's first four goals of the stanza and pushed the lead to 8-5 when she finished on a feed from Cushman with 19:28 remaining. The Cardinals pulled to within a goal when Kring scored her second of the day with 15:54 remaining But with 10:55 remaining, Abbott scored a critical insurance goal to make it a 9-7 game. Drowica had made a terrific save on Bri Miller's initial scoring bid but Abbott was able to collect the rebound from the right side and put back the rebound. On the ensuing Cardinal possession, Burke denied Kring with a point-blank stop to protect the two goal advantage. Abbott added her sixth goal of the night with 8:57 left and the Camels were able to hold on for the 10-8 victory.

April 25, 2012

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