BENNINGTON, Vt. – Southern Vermont College picked up its second-straight New England Collegiate Conference (NECC) women's lacrosse victory Tuesday afternoon as the hosting Mountaineers defeated Bay Path University 10-4 at Everett Field.
SVC used a surge midway through the first half to pull ahead and go into the break on top 7-4. The Mountaineers then shut out Bay Path in the final 30 minutes to secure the win and remain undefeated (5-0) in the all-time series between the two squads.
Southern Vermont improves to 4-1 in league play (5-7 overall) while the Wildcats fall to 2-8 on the year and 2-4 in Conference action. SVC is slated to play its second of three-straight games on Wednesday when the Mountaineers host New England College for a 4 p.m. non-conference match. BPU wraps up the season on Saturday with an 11 a.m. home tilt against Dean College.
SVC freshman Alex Safford (Burnt Hills, N.Y.) continued to play well against NECC opponents as she netted six goals in addition to tying the team-high of seven ground balls. Senior captain Stephany Ferreira (Shelton, Conn.) registered a goal, an assist, four ground balls, and three draw controls while freshman Mia Prouty (Bennington, Vt.) had two goals and six ground balls.
Mountaineer senior keeper Kelsey Carrera (Queensbury, N.Y.) posted nine saves in the win (3-4)—giving her over 300 in her collegiate career; she also tied the team-high of seven ground balls. At the other end, Bay Path sophomore goalie Kristina Tran (Agawam, Mass.) made 16 saves and collected a game-best nine ground balls in the loss (2-6).
Wildcat senior Kaylee Herring (Worcester, Vt.) was involved in each of the visitors' goals as she tallied a score and three assists; she also chalked up five draw controls, four caused turnovers, and three ground balls. Junior Samantha Rubacha (Feeding Hills, Mass.) put home a pair of goals for BPU.
Herring fed Rubacha twice in the opening seven minutes for Bay Path to go ahead by a pair. Safford would turn it on and go on a personal 4-0 run through the 15:23 mark, however, as she completed the natural hat-trick to give her team the advantage.
Goals were traded in the end of the opening half with BPU cutting it to a one-score game on two occasions—only to see the Mountaineers respond each time. Ferreira and Safford put in back-to-back goals in the final four minutes of the stanza to give SVC a little bit of breathing room at the intermission.
Carrera turned away each of the five shots on net she faced in the second period to keep the Wildcats out of the cage and allow her offense to put it away. Southern Vermont freshman Britney Potter (Amsterdam, N.Y.) registered her first collegiate assist when she found senior Meagan McSweeney (Falmouth, Mass.) in front of the goal at the 19:58 mark. Safford then capped her second hat-trick of the day with 11:21 left to go, and the remaining time was a formality with neither team beating the other's keeper for the six-goal difference to hold up.
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