Women’s Lacrosse Drops 20-11 NECC Tilt at Wheelock

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BOSTON, Mass. – Southern Vermont College suffered its first New England Collegiate Conference (NECC) women's lacrosse loss of the year Saturday afternoon as the visiting Mountaineers fell 20-11 to Wheelock College at Winsor Field.

The Wildcats ran out to an 11-5 lead by the end of the first half before padding that advantage in the final 30 minutes for the league victory.

SVC (3-7, 2-1 NECC) is right back at it on Sunday when the Mountaineers host Becker College for a 1 p.m. Conference showdown. That game will also serve as Southern Vermont's Senior Day with its graduating members to be recognized prior to the opening draw.

Freshman Mia Prouty (Bennington, Vt.) led the Mountaineers with three goals, and she also collected four draw controls while senior Stephany Ferreira (Shelton, Conn.) had two scores and an assist. Senior Natalie Rose Canterbury (New Hartford, Conn.) tallied a goal, an assist, two ground balls and a team-high five draw controls in the effort. Freshman Alex Safford (Burnt Hills, N.Y.) chalked up a goal, two ground balls, and a team-best three ground balls.

Mountaineer senior goalie Kristiana Goldup (Schuylerville, N.Y.) made 12 saves in the first 47:11 of the loss (2-3).

The two sides traded goals before Wheelock sent home five straight to go on top for good. Ferreira broke up that scoreless streak for SVC on a free position opportunity, and sophomore Abigail Landon (South Glens Falls, N.Y.) then slotted one home to cap a 3-1 Mountaineer run and cut it to a three-goal game.

WC would score the next four, however, before Prouty fired in a free position shot with 28 ticks on the clock for the hosts to go into the break in front by six.

The Wildcats sandwiched a Landon goal with six of their own in the first eight minutes of the second half to pull away and push SVC's deficit into double digits. Southern Vermont recorded the final three goals of the game through the last 5:20 of clock time, but it would not be enough to get back in it as WC evened the all-time series at two games apiece.