NEW LONDON, Conn. – The Southern Vermont College women's lacrosse team wrapped up its 2018 regular season schedule Saturday afternoon with the visiting Mountaineers defeating Mitchell College 20-8 in New England Collegiate Conference (NECC) action at Alumni Field.
SVC notched the first four goals of the game and never looked back—eventually building it to an 11-3 lead by the halftime break. Scoring went back-and-forth in the second before the Mountaineers closed out the game on a 5-1 run to take the sizable victory.
Southern Vermont (6-8, 5-2 NECC) and MC are scheduled to line up with one another once again on Tuesday in a first-round playoff matchup on the Mountaineers' home pitch. That postseason tilt is set for 4:30 p.m.
Freshman Alex Safford (Burnt Hills, N.Y.) led SVC with a game-best five goals—moving her up to fourth on the team's single-season scoring chart; she also had an assist and two ground balls in the win. Senior Natalie Rose Canterbury (New Hartford, Conn.) tallied four goals and game-highs of eight draw controls and eight ground balls. Junior Aubrey Vierstra (Saugerties, N.Y.) and sophomore Abigail Landon (South Glens Falls, N.Y.) each had three goals while adding four and three ground balls, respectively.
Mountaineer senior keeper Kelsey Carrera (Queensbury, N.Y.) played the first 46:15 between the pipes and turned away eight Mitchell shots for the win (4-4).
While both teams had 15 draw controls on the day, Southern Vermont scooped up a 26-17 advantage on ground balls while committing just 14 turnovers to the Mariners' 27.
Canterbury buried two of SVC's game-opening four goals to give her team a cushion by the 19:57 mark. Landon notched a quick pair before Canterbury completed the hat-trick to make it an 8-1 difference with 9:20 left in the half. Both teams recorded a few scores in the remaining time for Southern Vermont to go into the second period on top by eight.
Safford would score three consecutive Mountaineer goals early in the third as she got rolling. Mitchell started to get its offense on the move and cut the deficit back to single digits on two occasions, but SVC proved to be too much for the hosts as Vierstra's second made it 17-7 and kept the clock rolling for good. Safford would send home her team-leading 48th goal of the year on a free position shot with 10:26 left to go, and she later fed Vierstra for the junior to cap her hat-trick with just under six minutes remaining.
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