Women’s Lacrosse’s defense helps take care of Bridgewater State

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With just a few games left in the season, the Rams took on Bridgewater State in a conference matchup.

The Saturday afternoon game showcased both teams’ abilities to score goals. 

The teams scored a total of 23 goals on the 58 shots taken in the game with the Rams supplying a majority. 

Head Coach James Rippey said, “Us leading in the shot column really comes down to us taking care of the ball.” 

He added, “If you can limit turnovers and every possession ends in a shot, you’ll certainly lead in that statistical column. It starts with our defense limiting our opponents’ scoring chances, forcing turnovers, and transitioning the ball ahead.”

Framingham was able to force 15 turnovers in the game, most of which led to goals.

Six different Rams scored in the matchup, with Hanna McMahon leading the way with five goals of her own. 

“Hanna stepped up on Saturday and played through injury to have a big game,” Rippey said. “Hanna was named Player of the Week for the conference as well. She’s the third different member of our team to win that award this year. That really speaks to our balance and collective effort offensively.”

The Rams’ matchup against Bridgewater State marked the fifth-straight game in which six or more Framingham players netted a goal. 

“Everything we run offensively is equal-opportunity driven – we want the ball to find the open player, best match-up, and rely on that player finishing for us,” Rippey said.

With the equal-opportunity mentality, the Rams were able to win their fourth-straight game by a score of 13-10, making them 9-3 on the year and 2-0 in the MASCAC.

It also makes Framingham a major contender for the MASCAC title in the playoffs.

“The win against Bridgewater puts us in the driver’s seat for the conference regular-season title,” Rippey said. “But with Westfield being the defending champs, the game on Tuesday [April 16] is certainly one we’ve had circled on the calendar since the fall.” 

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