BENNINGTON, Vt. – Southern Vermont College blanked Becker College in the first half Sunday afternoon en route to a 12-3 New England Collegiate Conference (NECC) women's lacrosse victory at Everett Field.
SVC went up 6-0 by the intermission before padding its lead in the final 30 minutes to defeat the Hawks in their first-ever trip to Bennington.
Southern Vermont improves to 3-1 in NECC play (4-7 overall) while Becker falls to 1-11 on the year and 1-4 against the league. The Mountaineers are back in action on Tuesday with a 4 p.m. Conference contest at home with Bay Path University, and the Hawks now look ahead to their 7 p.m. Tuesday league tilt at Elms College.
At halftime of Sunday's matchup, SVC recognized and celebrated its six senior members: Natalie Rose Canterbury (New Hartford, Conn.), Kelsey Carrera (Queensbury, N.Y.), Stephany Ferreira (Shelton, Conn.), Kristiana Goldup (Schuylerville, N.Y.), Meagan McSweeney (Falmouth, Mass.), and Paige Vitale (Port Jervis, N.Y.). Canterbury and McSweeney are the young program's first-two four-year players.
McSweeney potted a pair of goals on the afternoon in addition to collecting four ground balls, and Canterbury registered a goal, an assist, six ground balls, two caused turnovers, and a game-high seven draw controls. Vitale also had a goal and an assist as Ferreira notched an assist, two draw controls, a pair of caused turnovers, and six ground balls. Freshman Alex Safford (Burnt Hills, N.Y.) had seven goals and eight ground balls for the Mountaineers; she's now tied at second in the league with 36 goals on the year.
Carrera turned away three saves between the pipes during the win (2-4). Her Becker counterpart in junior Nikolle Storey (Cumberland, Maine) was tested often by the Mountaineers and was able to rack up 22 stops in the loss (1-11).
Hawk sophomore Samantha Carter (Boothbay Harbor, Maine) scored twice for the visitors as classmate Cassandra Nelson (Exeter, N.H.) added the third. Storey was able to get to many of her deflections as she registered 15 ground balls on the day, and she was also aggressive from the fan to cause three turnovers.
Canterbury put SVC on the scoreboard in the opening minute when she fired home a free position shot for her fifth goal of the year. After Safford notched her first of the game at the 24:56 mark, the contest went scoreless for 13:45 of action.
Safford was able to complete her first hat-trick by the end of the period while McSweeney and junior Aubrey Vierstra (Saugerties, N.Y.) each added a tally to put their team in front by six. The Mountaineer defense played extremely well in the first 30 minutes as they allowed just a lone, off-frame shot by their opponent.
Becker made some adjustments while the Mountaineers were honoring their seniors during halftime and quickly ended the shutout once play resumed; Carter flung home her 15th of the year for Becker's deficit to get trimmed down to five. SVC would get it right back, however, as Ferreira won the ensuing draw and fed Safford for a goal just 15 seconds later.
Safford went on to record a natural hat-trick in the half with Vitale finding her at the top of the fan for the freshman's sixth of the match, and Vitale then bounced a free position take into the back of the cage for her first of the season. Goals were traded the rest of the way as Becker kept the clock from going to running time—but couldn't get the difference lower than eight.
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