Women’s Lacrosse Runs Away With 20-2 NECC Win at Dean

meagan mcsweeney passes the ball

FRANKLIN, Mass. – For its second win in three days, Southern Vermont College went on the road and cruised to a 20-2 New England Collegiate Conference (NECC) women's lacrosse victory over Dean College at Grant Field.

DC scored the first goal of the game, but SVC then rattled off 11 straight to bring a comfortable lead to the break. The Bulldogs got the opening tally of the second stanza—only to see the visitors close out the match on a 9-0 run for the sizable win.

Southern Vermont improves to 2-0 in league play (3-5 overall) and is next in action on Tuesday with a 4 p.m. non-conference home game against The Sage Colleges.

Eight Mountaineers tallied goals with freshman Alex Safford (Burnt Hills, N.Y.) registering six of her own in addition to an assist, four ground balls, and three draw controls. Junior Aubrey Vierstra (Saugerties, N.Y.) tied her career-high of four goals while also notching an assist, and freshman Mia Prouty (Bennington, Vt.) posted two goals and game-bests of six ground balls and five draw controls.

SVC senior goalie Kristiana Goldup (Schuylerville, N.Y.) made five saves between the pipes to improve her season record to 2-1.

Southern Vermont committed the fewest turnovers in team history with just nine while forcing eight of the Bulldogs' 24 on the defensive end. The Mountaineers also scooped up a 29-9 advantage in ground balls.

After the hosts got the first goal to go, Safford tied it up on a free-position shot. She would complete her first hat trick at the 17:18 mark for SVC to go in front 7-1 before Vierstra potted her third free-position tally of the half to make it a 9-1 lead.

Dean once again scored first to start the second period, but that would be the final Bulldog goal of the afternoon. Southern Vermont senior Meagan McSweeney (Falmouth, Mass.) would record her first career hat trick with 13:19 left on the clock, and Safford then capped her second of the day with her team-leading 27th goal of the year. SVC freshmen Britney Potter (Amsterdam, N.Y.) and Courtney McGannon (Mohegan Lake, N.Y.) each tallied their first collegiate goals in the waning minutes as the visitors finished off the decisive victory.