Women’s Lacrosse Runs Out to 26-6 NECC Win Over Bay Path

emily lesure scoops up a loose ball

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. – The Southern Vermont College women's lacrosse home opener was moved to a neutral site in order to get the game played Wednesday afternoon with the Mountaineers downing Bay Path University 26-6 in New England Collegiate Conference (NECC) action at Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts' Ron Shewcraft Field.

SVC led just 6-4 with 22:51 left in the first stanza, but that's when the hosting squad opened up for 13 unanswered scores to bring a comfortable upper hand into the break. The Mountaineers kept Bay Path without a goal in the second half until there was 4:40 left to go while padding their own cushion for a new single-game team scoring record.

Southern Vermont improves to 4-1 on the year and remains undefeated in NECC action with a 3-0 mark. BPU falls to 1-4 overall and 0-3 in league play with the loss.

The Mountaineers are set to next visit Elms College on Saturday for an 11 a.m. NECC matchup. The Wildcats look to a Saturday Conference contest at Regis College with first draw slated for 1 p.m.

SVC senior captain Emily Lesure (Cheshire, Mass.) broke her personal career-best in goals by a pair as she registered a game-high nine scores—coming just one shy of tying the team's single game record; she also had three ground balls, an assist and a draw control in the win. Fellow senior captain Lauren Nesshoever (Chittenden, Vt.) scored five times for her third-straight game with at least that many, and she notched four draw controls and three ground balls on the afternoon.

Mountaineer senior captain Mel Orrell (Gloucester, Mass.) chalked up four goals while assisting five others for a new school record in helpers; she also scooped up 12 draw controls to break Lesure's program-high of 11 in a contest, and she added 10 ground balls for a new team record in that category for a field player.

Two Wildcats accounted for three goals apiece with junior Kaylee Herring (Worcester, Vt.) and classmate Elena Helming (Maplewood, N.J.) sharing the scoring. Herring also had an assist and three ground balls as Helming put up six draw controls and a pair of ground balls. Senior Brenna Roy (Stafford Springs, Conn.) notched four ground balls and four caused turnovers in the effort.

SVC junior keeper Kristiana Goldup (Schuylerville, N.Y.) made four saves in the win (4-1) as her freshman Bay Path counterpart Kristina Tran (Agawam, Mass.) turned away 12 Mountaineer shots while taking the loss (0-1) between the pipes.

Southern Vermont nearly doubled BPU's ground ball total with a 32-18 advantage as the Mountaineers claimed a 24-9 upper hand in draw controls.

SVC jumped on the board with a 3-0 lead in just the first 1:16 of action as Lesure, Nesshoever, and sophomore Stephany Ferreira (Shelton, Conn.) each found the back of the cage. Helming scored two of the next three with Lesure sandwiching the two Wildcat goals for the Mountaineers to stay ahead at 4-2. Orrell fed Lesure before Nesshoever tacked up another just 20 seconds later—only to see Herring get two straight to cut it back to a pair.

Southern Vermont would seize control for good under the 20:00 mark, however, after Orrell potted a free position opportunity. Junior Natalie Rose Canterbury (New Hartford, Conn.) got her first of the day to go, and Orrell then set up Lesure twice more in a span of 21 seconds of clock time. SVC beat the Bay Path keeper another four times in two minutes to keep the clock running with a 14-4 difference—sophomore Aubrey Vierstra (Saugerties, N.Y.) scoring her second of the year before Lesure added two more.

Vierstra found an open Orrell at the 11:43 mark of the period, and Orrell then assisted Canterbury's second to make it a 16-4 game. Canterbury completed the hat trick soon-after, and the Orrell-to-Lesure combo struck again before Orrell netted a free position goal with 3:12 left to go. Helming got her third of the day with 25 ticks on the clock—making it a 19-5 SVC lead at the half.

Lesure instead assisted Orrell shortly into the third minute of the second half, and junior Paige Vitale (Port Jervis, N.Y.) slotted her fourth of the year just minutes later. Sophomore rookie Sofia Sorriento (Troy, N.Y.) scored on a free position shot, and a Nesshoever tally was followed by five minutes of scoreless action as the Mountaineers worked the clock.

With 12:07 left in the match, Lesure scored her team-leading 24th of the year, and Nessheover would get her 22nd of the season just above the 7:00 mark. Sorriento added another free position goal and her 14th overall score of the year before Herring got her hat-trick with a little less than five minutes to go for the final goal of the game.