Rooney revs up Franklin Pierce lax – Lowell Sun


Sophomore midfielder Conor Rooney netted his first hat trick of the season, potting three goals as the Franklin Pierce men’s lacrosse team fleeced Felician University 18-3, Tuesday in their non-conference road trip in Rutherford, New Jersey.

With the win, the Falcons improved to 3-0 on the season.

A Wilmington native and Shawsheen Valley Tech graduate, Rooney kicked the offense into gear in the closing minutes of the first quarter, giving the Falcons a 3-0 lead. The 6-foot-3, 205-pound emergency medical services major struck twice more in the third quarter, rounding out his hat trick with 58 seconds remaining in the stanza, giving Franklin Pierce the commanding 11-1 cushion. Rooney now has five goals and two assists in his team’s first two games this season.

The Ravens return to home turf this Saturday, March 19 for their first NE10 Conference matchup of the season against Assumption, at 12 noon.


Conway makes move from ice to turf

After dominating the ice with the Worcester State women’s hockey team, Clare Conway is now picking up where she left off on the lacrosse field.

The Billerica native and Worcester State sniper has compiled nine points in her first three games with the Lancers this season. She recently netted a hat trick in her team’s first win against Johnson and Wales in Rhode Island, 14-12, March 10. She also had a three-point night in her most recent game, a 17-14 loss at Redlands, March 14. Entering the week, she has six goals, three assists and nine points. Other locals making strong impressions in the loss for WSU included Dunstable native and first-year player Hannah Erickson (goal), and Littleton native and first-year back-up goaltender Sofia Perivolotis.

The game marked the first of a two-game trip to California for the Lancers (3-2). They return to action on Wednesday at Chapman University for a 10 p.m. game.


Bartlett, Andry adds offense to WSU lineup

Emily Bartlett went 3-for-3 with two runs and two RBI, as Worcester State softball earned its second straight split of a doubleheader at the Fastpitch Dreams Spring Classic, Monday.

The Lancers (2-2) defeated Morrisville State 11-0 in five innings in their first game, before falling to Suffolk 8-0 in six innings in the nightcap. The Lancers wasted no time getting on the board in the first game, scoring twice in the top of the first.

A Lowell native and Lowell Catholic graduate, Bartlett drove in two runs with a single to left in the top of the second to double Worcester State’s advantage. They added three more runs in the fourth and four in the fifth.

A senior outfielder and Westford Academy product, Jackie Andry went 2-for-3 on the day, doubling in a run in the fourth. The 5-foot-6 nursing major is currently hitting at a .429 clip. Bartlett started game two going 5.1 innings with five strikeouts but fell to 0-2 after surrendering six earned runs.

Worcester State continues play in Myrtle Beach on Wednesday with an 11:30 a.m. game against Keene State, followed by a 1:30 p.m. game against Lancaster Bible.


Chelmsford lefty Morrill hit with tough loss

Chelmsford’s Jarret Morrill earned the tough-luck loss in his first collegiate start, Monday night.

The Worcester State freshman held a 1-0 lead heading into the sixth, but Western New England rallied in the final three frames to pull away with the 7-1 victory over the Lancers in Spring Break baseball at Northeast Regional Park in Davenport, Florida, Monday.

A 6-foot-3, 170-pound southpaw, Morrill pitched well striking out seven over 6.1 innings of two-run ball. WSU grabbed the lead with a single run in the top of the third, as Morrill, a business administrations major, and WNE graduate student Kevin Hummer of Shrewsbury dueled on the mound.

After enjoying a day off in Florida, the Lancers will face another New England foe on Wednesday morning when they face Roger Williams at Lake Myrtle Sports Park. First pitch in Auburndale is set for 11:30 a.m.

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