Colchester, VT - The Northern Vermont University-Lyndon women's soccer team traveled to NCAA Division II member St. Michael's College on Tuesday afternoon and came out on the short end of an 11-0 final score. The loss drops the Hornets to 0-3 on the season while the Purple Knights even their record at 1-1.
Taryn Manna got the scoring started when she tipped in a cross from Sarah Donnelly at the 8:40 mark of the opening half. The Purple Knights kept the Hornets under pressure over trhe next several minutes, but Lyndon goalkeeper Lauren Young (Danville, VT) made several big saves to keep it a one-goal margin. Victoria McCormack (East Lyme, CT) relieved Young in the nets in the 36th minute and made a pair of saves of her own before St. Michael's broke through again. Just over 38 minutes in Madeleine Morse took a through ball from Alex Matteo and sent it into the net to make it 2-0, Purple Knights. St. Michael's then tacked on three more tallies over the final six minutes of the half to take a 5-0 lead into halftime.
The Purple Knights continued to control play throughout the second half and racked up six more goals in the process. Manna picked up two more scores to end the afternoon with a hat trick, while Greta Ricigliano found the net twice a minute apart. Young returned to the Lyndon nets in the second half. She ended the game with 21 saves, while McCormack posted an additional seven. Neither of the Purple Knight goalkeepers, Liz Vallatini or Megan LeCours, were called on to make a save in the game, as St. Michael's outshot Lyndon 79-0.
The Hornets will open the home portion of their season this Saturday with a 1:00 pm kickoff on Varsity Field against Mitchell College.