Women’s Lacrosse Downed 17-4 in Non-league Action at Sage

vanessa kendall defends the ball

ALBANY, N.Y. – The Southern Vermont College women's lacrosse team fell 17-4 to The Sage Colleges Thursday evening in non-conference action at Albany College of Pharmacy's Athletics Field & Track.

SVC owned a 3-2 lead midway into the first period, but the Gators pulled ahead to bring an 8-4 upper hand into halftime. Sage then kept the Mountaineers scoreless through the final 30 minutes while extending the separation.

Southern Vermont (5-4) now turns to New England Collegiate Conference action with a 1 p.m. league match on Saturday at home against Wheelock College.

Senior captain Mel Orrell (Gloucester, Mass.) had two goals and game-highs of nine ground balls and eight draw controls for SVC; she also tallied seven caused turnovers to break the team's previous single-game record of five.

Mountaineer senior captain Lauren Nesshoever (Chittenden, Vt.) and sophomore Sofia Sorriento (Troy, N.Y.) each had a goal while adding two and three ground balls, respectively.

Junior keeper Kristiana Goldup (Schuylerville, N.Y.) made 12 saves for Southern Vermont in the loss (5-4).

SVC had the upper hand in draw controls with a 14-9 margin, but Sage was able to tally a 22-26 mark on clear attempt to limit its dangerous turnovers.

Sorriento found the cage for her 17th goal of the year and the early Southern Vermont edge just 1:45 into the game. That score stood through the next eight minutes before Sage tied it up. Orrell answered with her first less than a minute later, but the Gators had a response of their own to make it 2-2.

Orrell potted her team-leading 32nd of the year with 17:52 to go—only to see Sage tie it again just 13 seconds later. The hosts added three more scores before Nesshoever chalked up her 31st goal of the year under the 6:00 mark.

Sage beat the SVC keeper once more before the halftime horn, and the Gators would go on to keep the visitors out of the net the rest of the way while padding their cushion.