NORTH ADAMS, Mass. – The Southern Vermont College women's lacrosse team wrapped up its 2019 regular season on Sunday with a tight 14-11 New England Collegiate Conference (NECC) win over Mitchell College at Shewcraft Field.
After leading 10-2 at halftime, SVC saw the Mariners come back and get within two late in the game. The Mountaineers got the final tally of the afternoon, however, and kept MC off the board the rest of the way to secure the victory.
Prior to the opening draw, Southern Vermont recognized and thanked its five senior members: Madi Carr (Petersham, Mass.), Naya Cerda (West Islip, N.Y.), Sydnee Julian (Mexico, N.Y.), Vanessa Kendall (Coventry, Conn.), and Aubrey Vierstra (Saugerties, N.Y.).
SVC (3-9, 3-3 NECC)—which earned the No. 4 seed in the Conference playoffs with Sunday's win—will host fifth-seeded Bay Path University at 4 p.m. on Tuesday for a first-round matchup. Mitchell (2-9, 1-5 NECC) will head to Elms College Tuesday night as the six seed and take on the Blazers in a 7 p.m. postseason showdown.
Mountaineer sophomore Alex Safford (Burnt Hills, N.Y.) scored five goals while adding a team-best five draw controls and two caused turnovers to her line. Freshman Brittany Fulton (Bridgeport, Conn.) chalked up three goals, three assists, and three ground balls, and classmate Marisa Moy (Framingham, Mass.) tallied two goals, an assist, and four ground balls in the win.
Julian made eight saves in net for SVC, and she also grabbed a team-high seven ground balls while collecting her seventh career victory (3-9). Her Mitchell junior counterpart, Gillian MacLellan (Burlington, Vt.), made 11 stops in addition to snagging six ground balls in the loss (2-9).
MC senior Kate McCormack (Narragansett, R.I.) led all players with six goals, and she also tallied game-highs of eight ground balls, seven draw controls, and five caused turnovers. Classmate Francesca Pinard (Arlington, Mass.) registered two goals, two assists, six ground balls, and three caused turnovers while sophomore Hannah Corrigan (Fairfax, Vt.) chipped in with a goal, an assist, five ground balls, three draw controls, and two caused turnovers.
After Kendall got Southern Vermont on the board just 2:06 into the match, Pinard took a Corrigan pass and tied it up less than two minutes later. The Mountaineers would control the rest of the half, however, as they went on to clip MC 9-1 through the remainder of the period. Safford had four goals in the frame with Fulton assisting three of those.
Mitchell netted the first three goals of the second half—only to see the hosts get the next two. MC would go on to score four unanswered tallies, however, with McCormack getting the last pair of that spurt. McCormack would then record another set of back-to-back tallies to make it a 13-11 contest with 3:03 to go, but Safford gave her team an extra insurance score 47 seconds later while SVC kept the Mariners from beating Julian in the final few minutes.
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