Women’s Lacrosse impresses on West Coast trip

The Rams traveled to Southern California for a three-game stretch during their annual spring break trip. 

The first game came against Whittier College on March 19. 

Within the first three minutes of play, the Rams jumped out to a quick 2-0 lead. Alissa Marino got the scoring started with an unassisted goal. Morgan Begley followed with a goal of her own just 30 seconds later with an assist from Nicole Pacheco. 

In the next five minutes, the Rams struck four more times with scores four different players to take a 6-0 lead just eight minutes into play. Marino scored her second goal of the day off a feed from Begley. Tara Palermo scored unassisted, and Hanna McMahon and Audrey Duhaime scored off free-position shots.

Framingham added seven more goals to the lead before the end of the first half. Grace Gamache had a hand in the first three goals, scoring one and assisting on two. Shae Riley, Chandler Farley, Perin Genaway, Jenna McMahon, Pacheco, and Begley also scored goals, sending the game into the half at 13-0. 

The Rams took their foot off the gas pedal in the second half, only scoring three goals. Gamache, Palermo, and Farley all scored unassisted goals to extend the Rams’ lead to 16-0, the eventual final score.

Indigo Fox Tree-McGrath and Mikayla Seavey each played 30 minutes in net for the Rams and combined for the 10-save shutout. 

With the win, the Rams improve to 4-1 on the season.

In their second game on the spring break trip, the Rams visited Chapman College to take on the Panthers on March 21.

Chapman opened the scoring just over five minutes into play, but the Rams responded with back-to-back goals to take a 2-1 lead 10 minutes in. Palermo and Duhaime were the goal scorers with assists coming from Jacey Salvie and Gamache. 

The Panthers struck back with two straight goals of their own to snag a 3-2 lead.

Marino answered for the Rams with three straight goals to put the team up 5-3. Gamache and Genaway assisted the first two and the third was unassisted. 

Both teams added one more goal before the half, sending the game into the break at 6-4. 

Hanna McMahon struck first for the Rams in the second half to extend their lead to 7-4.

The Panthers answered back with three unanswered goals of their own in the next five minutes to knot the game at 7-7. 

Marino scored three goals in the second half before Gamache netted the game-winner for the Rams. 

Framingham earned a 13-12 victory over Chapman.

Tree-McGrath played in net for the Rams and made nine saves. 

With the win, the Rams move to 5-1 on the year. 

In the finale of the spring break trip, the Rams traveled to Occidental College on March 23.

Framingham got off to a fast start, scoring the game’s first two goals in the first three minutes of action. Marino and Pacheco scored the goals to give the Rams an early lead. 

Occidental responded with four unanswered goals to take a 4-2 lead. 

Duhaime stopped the Tigers’ run with an unassisted goal to make it 4-3. 

The Tigers answered with another 3-0 run to extend their lead to 7-3. 

The Rams carved away at their deficit, narrowing it down to just one goal after a Gamache score off a feed from Britney Herskowitz to make it 8-7.

But the Tigers struck again with 30 seconds left in the half to take a 9-7 lead into the break. 

Both teams went back and forth throughout most of the second half.

Framingham made a final push, scoring three goals in the last 10 minutes. But the Rams came up just short, losing the game 14-13.

Tree-McGrath played in goal for the Rams and made 16 saves. 

With the loss, the Rams snap their five-game win streak and fall to 5-2 on the year. 

On March 27, the Rams traveled to Connecticut College to take on the Camels in a nonconference match. 

Less than 30 seconds in, the Camels struck first to take a 1-0 lead. 

Gamache countered for the Rams just two minutes later off a feed from Pacheco to knot the game at 1.

The Camels answered back with five straight goals to take a 6-1 lead. 

Framingham battled back with a 5-0 run of their own. Pacheco, Begley, Duhaime, Jenna McMahon, and Hanna McMahon all netted goals to send the game into the break at 6-6. 

The second half was more of the same. The Camels went on a 3-0 run that was quickly countered with a 3-0 run from the Rams to tie the game at 11. 

With 12 minutes remaining, the Camels regained the lead 12-11 with a goal from Hannah Lombar.

The Rams rallied back with six minutes left on the clock as Gamache scored unassisted, tying the game at 12-12. 

But the Camels ended the game with three unanswered goals to earn a 15-12 victory. 

Framingham was outshot 27-24 in the loss. 

Tree-McGrath played in goal and made six saves for Framingham. 

With the loss, the Rams drop to 5-3 on the season. 

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