Lyndonville, VT - The Lyndon State College women's lacrosse team took to Varsity Field on the Lyndon campus for the first time on Saturday morning. Unfortunatley for the Hornets, they were unable to keep up with Maine Maritime Academy and came up on the short end of a 17-2 score. The Hornets drop to 3-5 on the season and remain winless in North Atlantic conference play in four starts. The Mariners improve to 4-4 overall and 2-3 in the NAC.
With gametime temperature right at the freezing mark and a soggy turf, both teams had to battle the elements. The Hornets struck first, just 29 seconds into the game, when Elizabeth Start (Randolph, VT) found the net. Maine Maritime's Sydney Adams (Trumbull, CT) controlled the ensuing draw, recovering a ground ball, and scored to tie things up at 1-1.
Neither team was able to score for over ten minutes, until the Mariners' Shelby O'Neil (Bar Harbor, ME) tallied at the 18:36 mark to give Maine Maritime a 2-1 advantage. That was the first of five unanswered Mariner goals over the remainder of the half. Madison Barry (Stoneham, MA) scored off of a feed from Christina Wilson (East Granby, CT), then Madison Savary (Bath, ME) scored a free position shot. Morgan Libby (Brunswick, ME) and Wilson then added a pair of man-up goals to make the score 6-1 Mariners at the half.
The Mariners got two quick goals from Wilson and Libby 23 seconds apart in the early going of the second half to extend their lead to 8-1 before Lyndon's Taylor Cavaliero (Somers, NY) broke the run when she took a pass from Danielle Kuiper (Moretown, VT) and coverted to make it 8-2 with 27:18 to go in the game.
The Mariners put the game away with five goals in a four and a half minute stretch, with three of them coming from Savary and one each from Barry and Olivia Le Blanc (Conifer, CO). That made the score 13-2 with 21:11 remaining. Adams added a pair of goals over the final 15 minutes, while O'Neil converted a free position shot and Barry notched a man down goal to account for the final score.
Sierra James (Campton, NH) made eight saves in goal for Maine Maritime and picked up the win. Paige Daley (Pleasant Valley, NY) took the loss for Lyndon, stopping six shots. The Mariners outshot the Hornets, 29-16, held a 25-18 advantage in ground balls, and a 12-9 edge in draw controls.
The Hornets are scheduled to play at Dean College on Monday afternoon at 4:00 pm. Maine Maritime will host Nichols College on Tuesday.