SOUTH HADLEY, Mass. – A late Lyndon rally fell just short of its mark as Mount Holyoke held on long enough to record a 4-2 win over the Hornets Thursday evening.
With the win, the Lyons improve to 4-2 overall while the Hornets slip to 1-2 on the young season.
Locked in a 1-1 tie after the first half, Kara Singleton pushed the Lyons ahead with a shot down the middle. Liz Rose earned the assist on the play after she sent the ball in to Singleton from the right side, who fired it in past keeper Johanna Sargent (Randolph, Vt./Randolph Union) in the 63rd minute.
Lyndon appeared to have an opportunity to tie it minutes later, but were called for an offside. Mount Holyoke took advantage as Rose netted her first career goal in the 83rd minute, sending the ball in from 20-yards out on the left side. Sargent appeared to make the stop, but the ball trickled in past just across the goal line for the score and a 3-1 MHC lead.
The Hornets continued to fight and gained momentum less than three minutes later as Katy Ebner (East Hampstead, N.H./Pinkerton Academy) chased a loose ball down the right side past a Lyons defender. Ebner sent a cross in, but the ball curved in on goal and went in at the upper left corner to cut the lead to 3-2.
Cassidy Robinson gave Mount Holyoke the insurance it needed to secure the win as she fired the ball in to the right side off a pass from Hannah Yee.
Mount Holyoke opened the game's scoring in the fourth minute as Singleton connected on a nice ball. Off a goal kick, Tori Shaffrey knocked it down and spun toward the middle, sending a long shot up the field. Staying onside, Singleton got a bead on the ball and outran the defender to place a high shot over the netminder's head and in.
Lyndon had a solid chance to pull even near the 11th minute, but finally broke through in the 24th minute as Ebner placed a perfect corner into the middle. Senior forward Sarah Cornell (Lyndonville, Vt./Lyndon Institute) connected with a header into the bottom right corner to make it 1-1 and the score remained till halftime.
The Lyons held a 23-8 advantage in shots and owned a 4-2 edge in corner kicks. In goal, MHC's Zoe Marshall stopped one shot for the victory. Lyndon istarter Julianna Anderson (Manchester, N.H./Manchester) made one save before being involved in a tough collision near the box. Sargent came on for the 82:43 of relief and made nine stops.
Lyndon returns to the field on Saturday when it travels to Nashua, N.H. to face Newbury College. The match will be played at Rivier University beginning at 12 p.m.