October 2, 2011

Hornets earn split of NAC weekend matchups

CASTINE, Maine – Sarah Cornell's fifth goal of the season was all of the offense Lyndon needed to pick up a 4-0 North Atlantic Conference win over Maine Maritime Academy. 

Cornell (Lyndonville, Vt.) finished off a scramble in front of the Mariners' net to give the Hornets a 1-0 lead in the 29th minute. It was the only marker before the half. Ceili Grinnell (Easton, Conn.) assisted the goal. It was the first of her two points on the day as she struck with a low shot, just inside of the left post in the 76th minute.

n the 72nd minute, Lindi Libera (West Burke, Vt.) took a long, low cross from deep in the right corner at the top left of the box. Her 18-yard blast to the lower left corner found its way underneath Mariner goalkeeper Kelsie Hilton. After Taylor O'Malley relieved Hilton, Heather Fortin (Lebanon, Maine) found the back of the net to close out the scoring in the contest at 79:59.

O'Malley recorded one save, while Hilton had four. Lyndon's Tia Bilalado (Bellow's Falls, Vt.) turned away a pair of MMA's eight shots and Adele Zeh (Nunda, N.Y.) worked the final minutes of the game without facing a shot on goal.

On Sunday, Husson downed visiting Lyndon by a score of 3-1. The Eagles controlled the game for the most part, and held off a late comeback attempt to earn the victory.

The Eagles got on the board early when Katelyn Cloutier took a shot from just inside the 18 that caromed off a Lyndon defender and found the back of the net just 8:20 into the game. Husson kept up the offensive pressure, netting another in the 12th minute when Katie McLaughlin set up a cross from the right side of the box and found Katie DeShane to put the Eagles up 2-0, a margin they took into the half.

Husson struck again with 36:24 left to play when Amanda Gifford found Emily Zurcher, who ripped a shot from the top of the box that beat the keeper but banged off the post, and Alex Laniewski was there for the rebound and make the score 3-0. The Eagles took the opportunity to get some of their reserves on the field, and the Hornet offense took advantage of the inexperience and mounted a comeback, scoring with 8:27 when Libera cracked a shot that found the back of the net and cut the Eagle lead to 3-1.

Both teams tied in the shot column, each mounting 10 shots, but it was a tale of two halves as Husson led  7-2 in the first period, while the Hornets led the second half 8-3. Jessica Poulin made five saves to earn the win, while Billado played 72:32 and earned the loss.