CHICOPEE, Mass. – Southern Vermont College's three-game winning streak was snapped Saturday afternoon as the Mountaineers fell 17-7 to the hosting Elms College Blazers in New England Collegiate Conference (NECC) women's lacrosse action at Leary Field.
EC was able to keep the high-scoring SVC offense from lighting up the scoreboard in the first 30 minutes as the Blazers went into the break on top 8-3. Elms then topped Southern Vermont by five in the second half to secure the league victory.
SVC falls to 4-2 overall with the defeat and takes its first NECC loss of the year (3-1). The Mountaineers are back in action on Monday when they host Mass. College of Liberal Arts for Sothern Vermont's home opener and a 4 p.m. non-conference competition.
Mountaineer senior captain Mel Orrell (Gloucester, Mass.) tied the game-high of four goals while scooping up a match-best 10 ground balls. Fellow senior captain Lauren Nesshoever (Chittenden, Vt.) added a pair of goals and seven ground balls as sophomore Sofia Sorriento (Troy, N.Y.) pulled in a game-high 13 draw controls. Senior captain Emily Lesure (Cheshire, Mass.) chalked up a goal and two assists in the effort.
Junior netminder Kristiana Goldup (Schuylerville, N.Y.) made eight saves in goal while taking the loss (4-2) for SVC.
The Blazers pulled out to an early 4-0 lead before Lesure got her team on the board with her 25th goal of the year at the 20:00 mark of the first. Scores were traded over the next six minutes with Orrell firing home a feed from junior teammate Paige Vitale (Port Jervis, N.Y.) to sandwich a pair of EC tallies. Orrell connected for her second of the game with 15:02 left in the half, but the rest of the stanza was all Elms as the hosts scored two more times before the final 8:14 of the frame went scoreless.
EC put up the first six goals once play resumed to grab a comfortable upper hand at 14-3. Nesshoever got one back off a Lesure pass—only to see Elms provide an answer to keep its lead in double digits. Orrell converted on a free position shot with 8:09 left in the game after the Blazers ran the clock down a little bit.
Lesure found Orrell for the senior's 19th goal of the year in the late going, but it would not be enough as the Mountaineers ran out of time. Nesshoever popped in a free position attempt with 31 ticks left to cap the day's scoring—that being her 24th goal of the season.
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