Women's Lacrosse Tops Siena, 9-5

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The Central Connecticut women's lacrosse team earned its first victory of the season on Wednesday topping Siena by a score of 9-5.  The Blue Devils (1-3) were led by junior Amanda Toke and senior Mackenzy Ryan who each had three points in the victory.  The Saints fall to 1-4 with the loss.

The Blue Devils opened the game with back-to-back goals by Toke and freshman Elyse Malecki.  Toke's goal came with 24:25 left in the half and Malecki's with 22:49.

Siena answered with a free position goal by Katie Maguire with 17:50 left in the half.

CCSU responded with its own free position goal at the 12:37 mark.  This time it was junior Claire Healy scoring for the Blue Devils.

Siena netted the final goal of the half with 4:30 left in the period and the teams went to the break with Central leading 3-2.

The Blue Devils increased their lead to 4-2 less than four minutes into the second half on a goal by Ryan.

Unfortunately, Siena answered with back-to-back scores, tying the game at 4-4 with 22:56 left to play.

Over the next seven minutes CCSU and Siena traded goals to tie the game at 5-5.  Sophomore Andrea Tarsi scored on a free position shot, her first goal of the season, and Siena's Alyssa Treanor answered with the tying score with 15:07 left to play.

The Blue Devils dominated over the final 15 minutes of play and closed the game on a 4-0 run.

Senior Betsy Vendel scored two straight goals to give CCSU a 7-5 lead.  Ryan assisted on Vendel's first goal and Toke on the second. A minute after Vendel's second goal, Ryan passed to Toke for a goal to make it an 8-5 game.  CCSU finished it off with an unassisted goal by Healy with 1:16 left in the game.

Defensively, CCSU was led by senior Ali Roche who had five ground balls and caused four turnovers.  Junior Ashley Olhausen also had a strong game with four ground balls and three caused turnovers.  Senior Cierra Ward, Toke, Vendel and Tarsi each caused a pair of turnovers in the game.

Toke also had a team-high three draw controls.

In goal, sophomore Morgan Tullar had 10 saves, including six in the second half.  The victory is the first of Tullar's career.  She is 1-3 in goal this season.

The Blue Devils return to action on Friday against Longwood.  CCSU and Longwood are scheduled for a 3 p.m. start time at Arute Field.