No. 3 Women’s Lacrosse Downed 17-4 at No. 2 Wheelock in NECC Semifinals

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BOSTON, Mass. – Third-seeded Southern Vermont College was eliminated from the New England Collegiate Conference (NECC) 2018 women's lacrosse championship tournament Thursday night as the visiting Mountaineers fell 17-4 in the semifinals to No. 2 Wheelock College at The Winsor School.

A low-scoring first half saw the Wildcats lead 6-2 at the break, but WC was able to pull away in the second stanza to move into the finals.

SVC finishes the campaign at 7-9 overall.

Mountaineer senior captain Stephany Ferreira (Shelton, Conn.) scored three goals while adding four draw controls, two ground balls, and two caused turnovers to her line. Senior Natalie Rose Canterbury (New Hartford, Conn.) posted a goal, four draw controls, and two caused turnovers as freshman Mia Prouty (Bennington, Vt.) notched two caused turnovers and a draw control in addition to a game-best five ground balls.

Southern Vermont senior keeper Kristiana Goldup (Schuylerville, N.Y.) registered 12 saves in the loss (2-6).

Wheelock got on the board in the opening minute of the game, but SVC's defense was able to slow down the Wildcats after that and allowed just two goals through the next 25 minutes. Meanwhile, Canterbury beat the WC keeper with six minutes to go in the opening half to make it a two-goal game. The hosts notched three unanswered goals late in the period before Ferreira potted one with just seconds left to make it a 6-2 game at the break.

After Ferreira's second of the night set the score at 7-3 early in the second stanza, however, Wheelock would go on to register eight-straight goals to ensure the win.