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WLAX whacked by Warriors 14-10

John LaPierre

He/Him

Staff Writer

4/8/24

Saturday afternoon, WLAX traveled to conference opponent Eastern Connecticut Warriors. Both teams entered the afternoon with the same record of 4-5 overall, the only difference was the Panthers were 0-1 in the Little Eastern Conference meanwhile the Warriors were 1-0 in conference play.

In the first period, Megan Gaspa won the opening draw for the Panthers. Jenna Stowell assisted Tarryn O’Brien for the first goal of the game at 14:51. Chloe Miller of the Warriors didn’t take long to respond. The Warriors tied the game at 13:40. Both teams early on looked very precise with passing and moving the ball around. 

Maddie Hunt’s goal puts the Panthers ahead at 3:51 for their first lead of the game. Abby Parisi scored her first goal off a free position shot with four seconds left in the quarter to tie the game back up. The first period felt like a boxing match, with constant back-and-forth action with both teams exchanging goals.

The second period started off with Gaspa winning the opening faceoff once again. Warriors goalie Mackenzie Brown looked solid early on in the period stopping numerous Panther scoring opportunities. 

The Panthers had possession in the offensive zone for the majority of the period but couldn’t generate anything on the Warrior’s defense. Gaspa scores her second of the game after weaving through defenders trying to keep the Panthers in this game at 1:59. Goyette took a big hit from a Plymouth defender but she still managed to find the back of the net at 0:19.

The Warrior’s defense was like angry vultures just swarming any ground ball before the Panthers. Ellie Moshier scored her first for the Panthers to cut the lead down to two at 8:54. Parisi was on fire this game notching her fourth at 7:33. Vinzzini scored her third, getting a hat trick at 3:02. Murphy scored her second for the Panthers after a seven-minute scoring drought at 1:17.

Julia Donovan, who was quiet this game had a chance to get on the board but just missed the net by a couple of inches at 13:21. Vizzini, like her teammate Parisi, notches her fourth goal at 12:00. Maddie Hunt gets a desperate goal for the Panthers at 8:37 before her goal, the Panthers were blanked of numerous opportunities. Kaylee Drobish of Eastern Connecticut scored a highlight backhanded goal at 1:57 to seal the deal for the Warriors. Julia Donovan missed another opportunity at 0:45 as she got robbed point-blank of a goal by Brown. In the final score, the Warriors defeated the Panthers 14-10.

For the Warriors the dynamic duo of Alexa Vizzini and Abby Parisi combined for ten points. Vinzzini finished with four goals and two assists. Meanwhile, Parisi finished with four goals.

Coming up for the Panthers, they will host Umass Boston here on campus on Tuesday, April 9th for a 4:00 pm start. As for the Warriors, they will travel to Framingham State on Wednesday, April 10th for a 4:30 pm start.