MEDFORD, Mass. – The Southern Vermont College women's lacrosse team's first win of 2018 came in the Mountaineers' New England Collegiate Conference (NECC) opener as SVC downed Newbury College 17-7 at Hormel Stadium Monday afternoon.
Southern Vermont went on a spurt late in the first half to go on top 10-5 by the break, and the visitors increased the separation through the final 30 minutes en route to the win column.
The Mountaineers (1-4, 1-0 NECC) are next in action on Saturday when they host Becker College for a 12 p.m. NECC showdown; that will also serve as SVC's Senior Day with the recognition ceremony to take place prior to the opening draw.
Southern Vermont freshman Alex Safford (Burnt Hills, N.Y.) outscored the Nighthawks by herself with a season-high nine goals on Monday; that is tied for the second-most for a single game in team history. Senior captain Stephany Ferreira (Shelton, Conn.) tallied another three goals and two assists while tying the team-highs of four draw controls and three ground balls. Fellow senior Natalie Rose Canterbury (New Hartford, Conn.) also had four draw controls and three ground balls while netting her first goal of the year, and junior Madi Carr (Petersham, Mass.) reeled in an additional four draw controls.
Mountaineer senior keeper Kelsey Carrera (Queensbury, N.Y.) made two saves in the first 25 minutes of action to pick up the win (1-4) before classmate Kristiana Goldup (Schuylerville, N.Y.) posted another pair, while allowing just two goals, in the final 35 minutes.
SVC scooped up a 19-7 advantage in draw controls and a 23-10 upper hand in ground balls. The Mountaineers were extremely efficient on the clear—being successful on 11 of their 13 attempts.
Southern Vermont looked to be on the road to running away with it early on as Safford completed the hat trick in the first 10:05 of play to help put her team up 4-0. NC would keep it close, however, and eventually tied the match at 5-5 with 5:55 left in the opening period.
SVC responded in a big way with the Mountaineers scoring five goals in the closing minutes of the first to regain a solid lead; Safford had two strikes in that stretch while sophomore Abigail Landon (South Glens Falls, N.Y.) had a goal and an assist.
Southern Vermont turned that late run into a total of seven unanswered scores to go in front 12-5 in the opening minutes of the second half, and the game would never be in doubt after that. The Nighthawks got two back to pull within five, but SVC wouldn't let its opponent score through the last 15:37 of the match. The Mountaineers beat the Newbury keeper five more times before the final whistle as Ferreira tallied two late goals while Safford added a third hat trick in just over five minutes of clock time.
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