Jennifer Fox wins coaching debut as women’s lacrosse defeats Worcester State in opener

One game into their 2018 campaign, the Roger Williams University women’s lacrosse team remains unblemished.

With a 14-4 victory over the Worcester State University Lancers on late Tuesday afternoon, the Hawks were able to get Head Coach Jennifer Fox a win in her coaching debut for RWU.

The university announced in late October that Fox would be the new head coach after former coach Lisa Vogeley accepted the head-coaching job at Connecticut College in late August.

Fox was previously was an assistant coach with Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC) opponent Endicott College last season and has a long list of coaching experience, including at every level of the N.C.A.A. and was the head coach of the Norwood High School in Norwood, Massachusetts.

However, she hadn’t had a collegiate head-coaching victory until Tuesday.

Junior attacker Emily Stoeppel and senior midfielder Kaelin Hogan had stellar outings for the Hawks in their first game of 2018.

Stoeppel had six goals on eight total shots, while Hogan tallied three goals and five assists.

Stoeppel scored the first goal for RWU just 1:06 into the first 30 minutes of play off an assist by Hogan. The Lancers then scored twice over the next eight minutes to take a 2-1 lead.

A goal by Hogan at the 19:44 mark off freshman attacker Devon Sarazin’s assist tied the game at 2. The Hawks then scored six more times before ending the first half to take a commanding 8-2 lead. Senior midfielder Carly Martin got the scoring burst started when her shot found the back of the net for a 3-2 lead. Stoeppel then scored three of the next five Hawk goals, while Sarazin and sophomore Shayne Rivard scored in the stretch also.

In the second half, Stoeppel scored her fifth goal of the day about six minutes in for a 9-2 lead. The Lancers finally stopped the 8-0 Hawk scoring run with a goal at the 23:09 mark. Hogan answered with her second goal of the day about two minutes later, followed up by scores from senior midfielder Paige Byrne and Sarazin. With 17:58 to go, the Worcester State scored their final goal. Roger Williams then finished off the game just how it started when Stoeppel and Hogan scored in the last few minutes.

The Hawks outshot the Lancers 41-8 and won the turnover battle 31-16 as proof of their efficiency on both sides of the field for the majority.

The Hawks will travel to Keene, New Hampshire on Saturday, March 3 for a game against Keene State College, then hit the road again on Wednesday, March 7 for a matchup with Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

RWU returns to their home turf on Saturday, March 10 vs. Rhode Island College.