Women’s lacrosse pushes win streak to three

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After a player scores a goal, they drop their stick on the ground and celebrate.

This is so that the officials can check the pocket to make sure their not playing with an illegal stick.

On Monday in a matchup against Wellesley, there were plenty of Framingham sticks on the ground. 

The Rams dropped their first stick within two minutes of the start of play, as Nicole Pacheco netted an unassisted goal.

Morgan Begley scored two minutes later for Framingham before Grace Gamache took over the game. 

Alissa Marino scored the Rams’ third goal off an assist from Gamache and then returned the favor, assisting a Gamache goal a minute later.

Gamache assisted the Rams’ next two goals from Begley and Pacheco to put Framingham up 6-0 in the first 12 minutes of play. 

Within those 12 minutes, Gamache had a hand in four of the six goals scored.

Head Coach James Rippey said, “She’s been one of our leaders on the field. She’s been doing special things for us since her freshman year.”

The Rams netted eight more goals to go up 14-0 before Wellesley scored its first goal of the game. 

Five different players scored for the Rams during their 14-0 run, and five different players came away with assists. 

“One of the things that’s been really unique about this group is how balanced we are across the board,” Rippey said. “We’ve had a lot of games this year where seven, eight, or nine players are scoring and contributing.”

Framingham scored once more and allowed three more Wellesley goals as time dwindled down to the final second. 

The Rams walked away with a 15-4 victory.

“We played well – we came out fired up,” Rippey said. “We came out and really dictated the tempo of the game.”

Gamache and Begley led the way for the Rams. 

Begley scored three goals and added two assists, while Gamache netted two goals and came away with four assists.

Indigo Fox Tree-McGrath came away with her seventh win on the season in net, as she only allowed one goal before she was replaced late in the game. 

With the win, the Rams improve to 7-3 on the season. 

The team with the most shots in a game usually comes out the winner.

In a matchup against Smith College, that rang true for Framingham. 

Hanna McMahon and Gamache scored early in the game to put the Rams up 2-0, but Smith answered back 20 seconds later to cut the deficit to 2-1. 

From then on, Framingham peppered the Smith goalie with shots as they went on an 8-1 scoring run that poured into the second half. 

Following the run, both teams scored twice more before the end of regulation.

Framingham went on to earn a 12-4 victory. 

The Rams’ key to success was outshooting Smith 25-11 in the game, as they constantly harassed the Smith goalie. 

Marino scored three goals for the Rams and added an assist. Gamache followed her with two goals and an assist of her own.

With the win, the Rams improve their record to 8-3 heading into a big-time matchup against Bridgewater State on Saturday.

Rippey said. “Saturday’s game is going to be one of the games that determines the number-one seed in the regular season conference championship.” 

He added, “We certainly know what’s at stake.” 

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