Leicester, MA - The Lyndon State Colege women's lacrosse team got a big game from senior Mikayla Hodge (Newbury, VT) and picked up a 14-9 road win over Becker College on Wednesday evening. With the win the Hornets improve to 3-4 on the season, while the Hawks are winless in seven games this season.
The Hornets controlled the opening draw and 25 seconds later Elizabeth Start (Randolph, VT) found Hodge and Hodge found the net to give Lyndon the lead. Hodge scored again at the 21:02 mark but Samantha Carter (Boothbay Harbor, ME) got Becker on the board just 12 seconds later. Hodge and Carter then traded goals to make it 3-2, Lyndon.
Lyndon's Danielle Kuiper (Moretown, VT) then scored with an assist from Start, but Becker answered with a Sydney Theriault (Brookfield, CT) goal at 16:15 to make the score 4-3, Hornets. Four straight Hornet goals, two from Kuiper and one each from Hodge and Baya Stewart (Newport, VT) gave Lyndon a five goal cushion before back to back Becker goals from Samantha D'Auteuil (Columbia, CT) and Theriault cut the margin back to three at the half.
Kuiper, Hodge, and Taylor Cavaliero (Somers, NY) scored the first three goals of the second half to extend the Lyndon lead to 11-5. Cassandra Nelson (Exeter, NH) got one back for Becker, but Hodge answered just over two minutes later to make it 12-6, Lyndon with 16:39 remaining.
Neither team was able to find the back of the goal for over eight minutes, then goals from Theriault and Carter got Becker back within 12-8 with 6:58 to go. Hodge and Stewart answered with a pair of tallies, then Nelson got one goal back for the Hawks to account for the final score.
Hodge finished with seven goals, nine draw controls, and two ground balls to pace Lyndon. Kuiper finished with four goals and Stewart added two goals and three ground balls. Paige Daley (Pleasant Valley, NY) went the distance in goal for Lyndon to get the win. Daley made foru saves. Nikolle Storey (Cumberland, ME) made 18 saves in goal for Becker and took the loss.
Lyndon outshot Becker 43-16 and had a 14-5 advantage in ground balls. Becker also committed 30 turnovers, compared to eight for Lyndon.
The Hornets will return to North Atlantic Conference play on Saturday afternoon when they host Maine Maritime Academy at noon on Varsity Field. Becker will host Wheelock on Saturday.