- PAXTON, MASS: Junior midfielder Ashley Rufo (Pittsfield, MA) scored five goals for a 'glut' as the Anna Maria College women's lacrosse team opened their 2021 home schedule with a thrilling 14-8 win against visiting Dean College in GNAC league play on Saturday afternoon at Carposo Field in Paxton, Massachusetts.
- Date: Saturday, March 27, 2021
- Score: Anna Maria 14, Dean 8
- Records: Dean (0-1, 0-1 GNAC), Anna Maria (1-1, 1-0 GNAC)
HOW IT HAPPENED:
- Rufo's five goals on the day led all scorers on the day. The junior continues her dominating play against the Bulldogs, having scored eight goals against Dean last season.
- Dean sophomore Jasmine Sztyler-Magee (Burlington, Conn.) finished with four goals, eight ground balls, six draw controls and two caused turnovers to lead the Bulldogs.
- Anna Maria sophomore attacker Alice Yokabaskas (Farmingdale, ME) finished with three goals for a hat trick.
- Anna Maria freshman midfielder Raegan Hachey (Winthrop, ME), playing in just her second collegiate game, also posted a hat trick with three goals, also adding two ground balls.
- Anna Maria struck first just 3:11 into the game when Hachey took a pass from fellow rookie mid Brandie Valine (South Dennis, MA) and scored her third career goal to put the AMCATS ahead 1-0. Valine would finish with two goals, giving her four in two games. The home team went up 2-0 exactly one minute later when Rufo scored unassisted for her third goal of the season.
- Dean tied it up at 2-2 with goals from sophomore Allie Bezio (Wellfleet, Mass.) and Sztyler-Magee. Bezio would finish with a hat trick of three goals. That set the pace for a back and forth first half. Indeed, the game entered halftime with Anna Maria clinging to a 7-5 lead.
- But the AMCATS kept the pressure on in the second half, pulling away and capitalizing on a late penalty to put it out of reach.
- Anna Maria sophomore goalkeeper Ashley Sheehan (Medford, MA) picked up the win in net, finishing with nine saves.
- Dean sophomore goalkeeper Jada Fields (Acushnet, Mass. / Old Rochester Regional) had ten saves for the Bulldogs.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS:
- Shots: Anna Maria 27, Dean 25
- Shots on Goal: Anna Maria 24, Dean 17
- Turnovers: Dean 28, Anna Maria 24
- Anna Maria returns to action on Wednesday when they play host to Emmanuel College in a 6:00 p.m. GNAC contest.