BENNINGTON, Vt. – The visiting Bard College Raptors doubled up Southern Vermont College in each half Tuesday evening to top the Mountaineers 18-9 at Everett Field in non-conference women's lacrosse action.
BC went in front for a 10-5 lead at halftime before padding that cushion with a four-goal upper hand in the final 30 minutes.
The Mountaineers (5-3) continue their busy week on Thursday with a 4 p.m. non-conference game at The Sage Colleges. Bard (4-5) is next in action on Friday as the Raptors head to Vassar College for a 6 p.m. Liberty League matchup.
Southern Vermont senior captain Mel Orrell (Gloucester, Mass.) notched a team-leading four goals while adding four ground balls and four draw controls to her line. Fellow senior captain Emily Lesure (Cheshire, Mass.) had two goals in the effort with her second being her 100th collegiate tally after she registered three as a freshman at Western New England University; she also recorded an assist and four ground balls on the night. Sophomore rookie Sofia Sorriento (Troy, N.Y.) provided another two goals and a helper in addition to scooping up a team-best five draw controls.
Bard freshman Caleigh DeCaprio (Islip, N.Y.) totaled a game-best five goals while grabbing three ground balls, and classmate Melissa Rosenthal (Clifton Park, N.Y.) added four goals, five assists, seven draw controls, six ground balls and a pair of caused turnovers. Sophomore Marion Adams (San Diego, Calif.) tallied three goals, an assist, and three ground balls on the day.
Raptor junior goalkeeper Kaylynn Tran (New Orleans, La.) made nine saves in the win (4-5) as SVC junior netminder Kristiana Goldup (Schuylerville, N.Y.) stopped 11 Bard shots in the loss (5-3).
The visitors snagged a slim 27-25 edge in ground balls collected while only allowing Southern Vermont to convert on half (9-18) of its clear attempts.
Rosenthal was awarded a free position opportunity in the first minute of action and converted for the early lead. She added another before Sorriento fed Orell, and Lesure then sent her first into the back of the net on a free position attempt to tie things at 2-2. After a Raptor goal, Orrell scored two straight with the second being assisted by Lesure for the Mountaineers to go on top 4-3.
Rosenthal had an answer to even the score, but Lesure responded with her second and 100th collegiate goal at the 17:03 mark of the first off a free position shot. Nearly five minutes went by before the scoreboard changed, and it would then change multiple times in favor of the visitors. A game-tying goal was followed by three Bard scores in a matter of 1:33 with DeCaprio, Adams, and sophomore Dylan McDonald (Seattle Wash.) each beating the Mountaineer keeper during that stretch.
Another pair of quick Raptor goals ensued for the visitors to put up six unanswered scores by the 6:29 mark. Neither side could find the back of the cage during the rest of the half for Bard to bring its five-point separation into the break.
Bard extended the lead with the opening goal of the second half before Orrell notched one to get it back. The Raptors had the answer, however, as they scored two more for a comfortable upper hand. Bard slowly increased its advantage through the remainder of the contest with Rosenthal adding another goal and two more assists to help her team take the decisive victory.
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