Saints women's lacrosse fall to No. 4 Middlebury
Three members of the St. Lawrence University women's lacrosse team scored, but it wasn't enough to stop the fourth-ranked Middlebury Panthers from scoring eight unanswered goals and defeating the Saints 15-3 in Middlebury, Vermont on Monday afternoon.
Greta Massey, Colby Hoffman and Rachel Boghosian recorded one goal apiece, while Ashley Norris and Emma Owens picked up one assist each. Saints' goalkeeper Sophie Cardenali picked up a team-high four ground balls, while Massey picked up two and won two draw controls.Senior captain Massey gave the Saints an early lead one minute and 43 seconds into play with a low shot past Middlebury's goalkeeper Julia Keith.
Emma McDonagh tied the score at one, just about three minutes later off a pass from Georgia Carroll. Just about three minutes later, Henley Hall gave Middlebury a 2-1 advantage with her fourth goal of the season from point-blank range past Saints' goalkeeper Sophie Cardenali.
Jenna McNicholas recorded back-to-back goals less than a minute apart, putting Middlebury up 4-1 with 11:54 remaining in the first half. Hollis Perticone netted her first of the game to give Middlebury a 5-1 lead at the half.
The Panthers came off the break strong, tallying three goals in the first four minutes of the second half.
Norris found Hoffman, who recorded her first goal of the season and her second career goal, just outside the crease with just over 24 minutes to play.
Emily Barnard netted back-to-back goals giving Middlebury a 10-2 advantage before Rachel Boghosian recorded her sixth goal of the season and the Saints final goal of the game.
The Panthers saw five more goals to close the contest, two from Carroll and Perticone and one from Madeline Lyons with just four seconds remaining in regulation.
The Panthers were led by Carroll and Hollis Perticone with three goals each. McDonagh neeted two goals and added three assists, while Barnard and McNicholas also had two goals. Carroll and Barnard and McNicholas each tallied one assist. Evie Keating picked up a team-high five ground balls and caused five turnovers. Middlebury capitalized on three free-position shots and Perticone won five draw controls.
"We've been fighting concussion injuries, the flu and stomach bugs," said head coach Hannah Corkery Collins. "This team fought their hardest and did everything they could and I couldn't be more proud of them. We're only going up from here!"
Cardenali recorded a career-high 20 saves in goal for the Saints, while Keith made nine saves for Middlebury.
With the loss, the Saints fell to 1-1 on the season, while Middlebury improved to 4-0.
The Saints will take on SUNY Potsdam on Wednesday, March 14th and host RIT in their first conference game of the year on March 17th before traveling to Englewood, Florida for spring break.