Women’s Lacrosse Falls 15-2 to Bard in Home Opener

abigail landon carries the ball

BENNINGTON, Vt. – After three postponements, the Southern Vermont College women's lacrosse team finally got to play on its home pitch Tuesday evening, but the Mountaineers unfortunately fell 15-2 to Bard College in the non-conference tilt at Everett Field.

The visiting Raptors stormed out to a 7-0 lead and never looked back. After coming out of halftime with a 9-0 upper hand, Bard padded its cushion by four through the remaining 30 minutes to take the decisive victory.

SVC (1-5) next heads to Mass. College of Liberal Arts on Thursday for a 6 p.m. first draw. Bard (3-6) is in Liberty League action for its next game as the Raptors host St. Lawrence University on Saturday for a 12 p.m. start.

Southern Vermont freshman Alex Safford (Burnt Hills, N.Y.) and senior captain Stephany Ferreira (Shelton, Conn.) each had a goal and three ground balls for the Mountaineers.

Bard sophomore Melissa Rosenthal (Clifton Park, N.Y.) tallied five goals, five ground balls, and three draw controls while both sophomore Caleigh DeCaprio (Islip, N.Y.) and junior Dylan McDonald (Seattle, Wash.) added three goals apiece; DeCaprio also had four assists on the day.

Raptor senior goalie Kaylynn Tran (New Orleans, La.) picked up the win (3-6) between the pipes with three saves through the opening period as her SVC senior counterpart Kelsey Carrera (Queensbury, N.Y.) made eight stops in the first 39:34 of the loss (1-4).

Bard got off to a hot start as DeCaprio assisted McDonald in the opening minute before notching a goal of her own just 57 seconds later. Three more in a span of 50 seconds then put the visitors on top comfortably.

After DeCaprio's second made it 7-0 with 23:18 left in the first, scoring slowed down tremendously as there were only two goals registered through the rest of the half—both of those coming off of Raptors' sticks.

Bard would score early into the second stanza to keep the clock rolling before Ferreira took a clear all the way to the cage and fired it home as her fourth of the year. Safford later converted on a free-position opportunity to trim the deficit to 10, but the Mountaineers couldn't get it into single digits the rest of the way as the visitors garnered some separation through the final minutes while finishing off the win.