Rams win conference-opener 10-8

Framingham State is averaging 10.85 goals per game on 24.6 shots per game this year.

On Saturday, April 2, Framingham won a nail-biter against Salem State at home 10-8 to continue its winning streak.

The Vikings struck blood first at the eight-minute mark with a goal from Bridget Lawless. Framingham quickly responded with a goal from Lindsay Nixon.

Framingham coach James Rippey said, “We got off to a little slower start offensively than I would have liked, but that was to be expected since it was the first zone defense we’d faced so far this year.”

From there on the game was a back-and-forth battle between the teams. The largest the lead grew to was three.

Framingham’s Kimmy Foley scored right before the half to tie it at four.

Rippey said, “Kimmy is having a great year so far and has certainly grown from last season. She’s always been a gifted athlete, but as her understanding of the game and lacrosse skills have improved, Kimmy is really becoming a more complete player on the lacrosse field.”

The Rams had a 9-6 lead with 17 minutes remaining after a goal from Jessica Graham before a last ditch effort by the Vikings. The Vikings scored twice within two minutes of each other to cut the lead down to 9-8.

Framingham sealed the game with Nixon’s second and final goal with three minutes remaining. A key factor in the victory was Framingham’s 13-7 win in the battle of draw controls.

Rippey said, “Controlling the draw was key to our win versus Salem and it’s something that we’ve been struggling with against stronger competition this season.”

The Rams had an even offensive output with goals from seven different players.

Shae Riley, Morghan Cassella and Nixon led the way with two goals apiece.

“Last year we were able to rely on one to two individuals for the majority of our goals but this season we’ve needed to be much more team orientated,” Rippey said. “Overall, we’re continuing to learn how to generate good scoring opportunities as a team.”

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