PAWTUCKET, R.I. – Top-seeded Rhode Island College and third-seeded Bridgewater State University were both victorious in semifinal round of the 2017 Little East Conference (LEC) Championship Tournament, setting the stage for a rematch of last year's championship Saturday at RIC.
FOR THE RECORD: The Anchorwomen improved to 15-0 for the season following their 5-1 win over No. 5 Worcester State, and in doing so set the program record for wins. The Bears improved to 12-5 for the season after edging out No. 2 UMass Dartmouth 5-4.
No. 1 RHODE ISLAND COLLEGE 5, No. 5 WORCESTER STATE 1
Rhode Island College led 2-1 following doubles play as the No. 1 pairing of senior Dayna Reilly (Swansea, Mass.) and freshman Laurel Ten Eyck (Warwick, R.I.) were 8-1 winners over junior Nathalie Khafaga (Auburn, Mass.) and freshman Dominique Alves (Ludlow, Mass.) and the No. 3 pairing of freshmen Grace Zangari (Saunderstown, R.I.) and Victoria Vittori (New Bedford, Mass.) were 8-3 winners over senior Rachel Green (Worcester, Mass.) and freshman Marisa Lombardi (Ludlow, Mass.).
Senior Alexis Silk (Greenfield, Mass.) and freshman Emma Collings (Marion, Mass.) got Worcester State on the board with an 8-4 win at No. 2 doubles over junior Katherine Braganca (Pawtucket, R.I.) and freshman Emily Orticero (Smithfield, R.I.).
The Anchorwomen won all three singles matches that played to completion to close out the match. Reilly made quick work of sophomore Lauren Taylor (Attleboro, Mass.) at No. 1 (6-0, 6-0) while Ten Eyck was a 6-1, 6-1 winner over freshman Monica Mularski (Auburn, Mass.) at No. 6. Zangari then closed out a 6-2, 2-6, 6-0 victory at No. 3 singles over Khafaga for the final point the Anchorwomen would need.
No. 3 BRIDGEWATER STATE 5, No. 2 UMASS DARTMOUTH 4
UMass Dartmouth staked itself to a 2-1 lead after doubles play to start the day. Junior Jenna Lahaie (Lakeville, Mass.) and sophomore Jaime Fastino (Rehoboth, Mass.) were 8-5 winners at No. 1 over seniors Alisha Silva (Taunton, Mass.) and Amanda Strickland (Plymouth, Mass.), while seniors Kerry Magoon (Marshfield, Mass.) and Molina Oung (Bourne, Mass.) were 8-3 victors over junior Rachel Tarantino (Mansfield, Mass.) and sophomore Angelique Gray (Osterville, Mass.).
Bridgewater State's only point in doubles was scored at No. 2, where seniors Bojana Roman (Somerset, Mass.) and Alison Scagnelli (Sutton, Mass.) defeated seniors Mollie McCaffrey (Tauton, Mass.) and Jillian Reichert (Marion, Mass.), 8-5.
The host Corsairs led 4-3 following the conclusion of the first four singles matches, only to see the Bears win each of the last two singles contests to rally for the win. Scagnelli posted a 6-4, 6-4 win at No. 3 singles over McCaffrey to tie the match at 4-4, and Tarantino overcame a first-set loss to record a 2-6, 6-1, 6-3 win over senior Samantha Rollings (Tiverton, R.I.) at No. 6.