WESTON, Mass. – The Regis College women's lacrosse team was able to withstand a late rally by visiting Thomas College and hold on for a 17-12 non-conference win on Thursday evening at Regis Stadium. The Pride, who were led by a five goal, three assist effort from Teresa Busiek (Arlington, Mass.), notch their second straight win and move even to 2-2 on the young season.
The Pride and Terriers traded scores for the opening 4:20 of play. Sophomore midfielder Sam Salamone (Milford, Mass.) took advantage of a quick pass in front from Busiek by juking netminder Brittany Fox (Lovell, Maine) and scoring top shelf in the first 21 seconds of the game. Brittany Premo (Concord, N.H.) evened the score at one less than three minutes later after cutting from the right and beating Emma Decker (Southborough, Mass.) with a low shot.
Just twelve seconds later, Salamone gave the Pride a 2-1 edge after receiving a pass from Grace Politis (Billerica, Mass.) and beating Fox one-on-one. Sophomore midfielder Erin Nelligan (Walpole, Mass.) responded for the Terriers and tied the game, 2-2 after collecting a feed from junior Jennifer Day (Gardiner, Maine).
Regis answered with seven unanswered goals to jump out to a convincing 9-2 lead by the 13:03 mark. Busiek and Politis each scored two goals during that stretch, while Sashae Walls (Everett, Mass.) found the back of the net once and Lindsey Graver (Bellingham, Mass.) scored a pair of free position goals.
The Pride held the Terriers scoreless for nearly 24 minutes; Day finally broke the drought off a pass from freshman Joanna Murch (Waterford, Maine) with just over two minutes to play in the half. Salamone and Miranda Tinsman (Belgrade, Maine) then traded free position goals, as Regis entered halftime with a 10-4 lead.
Busiek scored two minutes into the second half before Katlyn Cash (Epping, N.H.) and Day scored back-to-back goals for Thomas to cut into the Pride's advantage. Busiek would spark a run of five unanswered goals almost immediately after, however, as Regis looked like they were going to run away with the game after a 16-6 lead by the 17:34 mark. Busiek (two goals, one assist), Graver (one assist), Rachel Wong (Wakefield, Mass.) (one goal), Politis (one goal), and Walls (one goal) all contributed during the five goal stretch.
Nelligan tacked on a free position goal for Thomas with 13:57 remaining, but senior Stacy Burns (Waltham, Mass.) responded shortly after by intercepting a pass from Fox and stuffing the ball into the goal to reclaim the ten goal cushion.
The Terriers did their best to catch up and even scored the game's final five goals, but their furious comeback came up short, as the Pride held on for the 17-12 final score. Tinsman had a pair of those tallies, while Cash, Premo, and Day scored one goal apiece.
Day led the way for Thomas, who falls to 2-3 on the year, with three goals and three assists. Premo (6 draw controls), Cash, and Nelligan each finished with a pair of goals, while Tinsman scored three goals and added one helper in the losing effort.
Salamone and Politis each picked up a hat trick in the victory, while Walls had two goals and Graver scored twice and added two helpers for Regis. Politis, who also had an assist, as well as defender Mary Roma (Portland, Maine) each finished with six draw controls in the win.
Decker and Sierra Luce (Hartford, Vt.) combined for eight saves in between the pipes for Regis, while Fox made six stops for the Terriers.
Both teams return to action this Saturday, March 22. The Terriers will travel to the University of New England for an 11 a.m. game, while the Pride will host Emmanuel (Mass.) for a 3:30 p.m. non-conference contest.