BENNINGTON, Vt. – There was no shortage of offense at Everett Field Saturday afternoon as Southern Vermont College held on to defeat Dean College 23-15 in New England Collegiate Conference (NECC) women's lacrosse action.
In their home opener, the Mountaineers went on top 12-5 before the halftime break. DC would whittle a 10-goal deficit down to six late in the game, but SVC outscored the Bulldogs 3-1 through the final five minutes to stay on top and grab the league win.
Southern Vermont (1-7, 1-1 NECC) next heads to Elms College on Wednesday for a 7 p.m. Conference contest.
Mountaineer sophomore Alex Safford (Burnt Hills, N.Y.) tied her career-high of nine goals to lead all players, and she also had three assists, four ground balls, two draw controls, and a pair of caused turnovers. Freshman Brittany Fulton (Bridgeport, Conn.) had three goals and two assists while senior Aubrey Vierstra (Saugerties, N.Y.) chalked up two goals, two assists, five ground balls, and a pair of caused turnovers.
Junior Juliena D'Alessio (Berlin, N.Y.) had a team-best seven ground balls in addition to a goal, an assist, and two caused turnovers. Junior Jess Foley (Wrentham, Mass.) recorded six ground balls, a pair of caused turnovers, and her first collegiate score for Southern Vermont.
SVC senior goalie Sydnee Julian (Mexico, N.Y.) made 12 saves between the pipes, and she also collected five ground balls in the win (1-7).
Dean was able to keep it close, especially in the late going, by taking possession out of the midfield circle; the Bulldogs totaled a 14-4 upper hand in draw controls during the first half before reeling in a 16-6 advantage in the final 30 minutes.
Still, Southern Vermont made the most of its time with the ball and ran out to a 5-1 lead by the 21:34 mark—Safford potting a pair of goals before senior Vanessa Kendall (Coventry, Conn.) netted back-to-back scores.
Six Mountaineers posted tallies in the first half including four-year senior Madi Carr (Petersham, Mass.) who also scored her first collegiate goal for the hosts to go ahead by seven before the horn.
DC got the first two of the second half to make it a five-goal difference, but that would be the closest the Bulldogs could get the rest of the way. After Foley beat the Dean keeper with 10:14 left to go to cap a 7-2 SVC run, the visitors tried to get back into it by getting the next three. Safford ended that spurt with a free-position goal, however, and Fulton added another pair in the final five minutes to keep the Mountaineers comfortably on top.
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