Fitchburg State’s Long Records 100th Point in Tough Loss
FITCHBURG -- Fitchburg State University junior Tracy Long scored four goals to reach 100 points for her career in Tuesday’s 11-10 women’s lacrosse setback to visiting Colby-Sawyer College in non-conference action Tuesday evening at Elliiot Field.
The first of Long’s two scoring outbursts came early in this one to help put the Falcons (1-8) in front. After teammates Sarah Napolitano and Julia Miele notched one tally each, Long scored back-to-back goals to give Fitchburg State a 4-0 lead.
Colby-Sawyer (7-2) answered with a Briana Couture goal to get on the board, but the Falcons again pulled away. First, Miele notched her second goal of the contest, before Long again scored back-to-back tallies, this time giving the hosts a commanding 7-1 advantage.
From there, Colby-Sawyer heated up with three more goals, and Miele finished off her first-half hat trick, as Fitchburg State carried an 8-4 advantage into the break.
The second half was all Chargers, however, as Colby-Sawyer outscored the hosts 7-2 after the break to pull off the impressive comeback. Napolitano and Nicole Lee scored once each in the second half for FSU. Lee’s tally briefly put the hosts back in front, 10-9, before Colby-Sawyer’s Sarah Morin scored the equalizer.
Sierra Schuster potted the game-winner for the Chargers with just 35 seconds left to play.
Along with the milestone performance for Long, Napolitano helped lead the way for Fitchburg State with five points on two goals and three assists, as well as three draw controls and one caused turnover. Amanda Hem chipped in with four groundballs and three draw controls.
Also for Fitchburg State, Marguerite Belcher turned aside 21 shots in the setback.
Up next, the Falcons will travel to MCLA on Saturday for a 1 p.m. MASCAC bout.