BRIDGEWATER, Mass. - On a record setting day at Swenson Field, the Bridgewater State College women's lacrosse team cruised to a 26-3 victory over NEWLA rival Becker College. With the win Bridgewater improves to 6-3 overall and remain undefeated in conference play with a perfect 4-0 mark. Becker falls to 0-5 on the season and 0-2 in the NEWLA.
The Bears set NCAA Division III records for assists in a game with 24 and points in a game with 50. BSC broke the old Division III assist mark of 21 set by Shenandoah University in 2004 versus Averett University. The points' record was held by Salisbury University who recorded 49 points (29 goals, 20 assists) in game versus College of Notre Dame (MD) in 2000.
Sophomore midfielder Shannon Manning (Framingham, MA) also shattered the Bears' single-game assists record as she registered ten assists on the day. The old school mark of seven assists was set by Paula Habel in 2002 versus Worcester State.
Manning also came within one assist of the NCAA Division III single-game record of 11 assists which is held by four different players. The record was most recently accomplished by Jaime Matty of Ursinus College back in 2001 versus Washington College.
Eleven different players scored at least one goal for the Bears led by freshman attack Jenny Jones (Framingham, MA) who scored six goals and also added an assist. Sophomore attack Katie DeMaio (Pt. Jefferson Station, NY) notched five goals and an assist, while senior midfielder Lauryn Serratore (Norwood, MA) tallied three goals and three assists.
Freshman attack Patricia Maloney (Walpole, MA) also chipped in with a goal and four assists, while fellow freshman Courtney Lennon (Medfield, MA) added three goals and an assist.
Freshman netminder Katie Weber (Arlington, MA) notched her fifth win of the season against just one loss as she turned aside three shots. Senior defender Adrienne Berkland (Sharon, MA) caused three turnovers and registered two ground balls and two draw controls, while also scoring a pair of goals.
BSC held a 44-9 edge in shots as well as a 19-12 advantage in draw controls. Manning led all players with a game-high six draw controls.
Becker sophomore goaltender Ashley Piaseki (Hamden, CT) recorded 12 saves between the pipes. Freshman midfielder Tammy Mullen (Pottstown, PA) led the Hawks with a goal and an assist to go along with three ground balls and three draw controls.
Manning's 10 assists gives her 29 on the season as she is averaging more than three assists per game (3.2). She is on pace to break the BSC single-season mark of 47 assists set by Habel in 2002.
The NEWLA schedule resumes for the Bears on Saturday, April 12th as they Bears travel to Elms College to take on the Blazers at 1 PM. Becker travels to Thomas College on Tuesday afternoon for a four o'clock NEWLA match with the Terriers.