LEICESTER, Mass. – Becker College defeated Southern Vermont College 15-9 in New England Collegiate Conference women's lacrosse action Wednesday afternoon at Alumni Field. The win lifts the Hawks record to 2-7, while the Mountaineers remain winless at 0-3.
The Hawks got on the board just 25 seconds into the game when Erika Galdamez (Concord, Calif.) took the draw control the length of the field for her 11th goal of the season. Kailee Ruyack (Beacon, N.Y.) increased the Becker lead to 2-0 at the 2:28 mark of the first half with a point blank shot in front of the Mountaineer net.
Southern Vermont got on the board five minutes into the first half when Hailee Walker (Cohoes, N.Y.) scored top shelf on a free position shot.
Rachel Welling (Charlestown, N.H.) added to the Hawks lead with 19:12 on the clock when she made her way to the front of the net from the far right corner for her 20th maker of the season.
The Mountaineers capitalized on a man-advantage opportunity when Mel Orrell (Gloucester, Mass.) fed Walker to make the score 3-2 with 17:48 left in the first half. Walker would tie the game with 12:41 on the clock when she took a clear attempt the length of the field to complete the hat-trick.
Galdamez put the Hawks in front on a free-position shot with 9:46 remaining in the half. Becker senior Victoria Belcher (Seekonk, Mass.) gave the Hawks a 5-3 lead when she tallied her 100th career point on a bounce shot from five yards out. Belcher stuck again just 58 seconds later to widen the Becker lead to 6-3. Galdamez would then net back-to-back goals in just 54 seconds apart to extend the Hawks lead to 8-3.
The Mountaineers ended the Hawks 5-0 run on Orrell's eighth goal of the season to make the score 8-4 at the half.
Welling opened the second half scoring for the Hawks when she used a spin move to split two Mountaineer defenders to up the Hawks lead to 9-5. Ruyack would put the Hawks in double digits when fought her way through the SVC defense, scoring while falling to the ground for her 20th goal of the season.
Southern Vermont tallied a short-handed goal with 26:07 remaining in regulation when Emily Freling (Schenevus, N.Y.) tickled the twine on a bounce shot to cut the score to 10-5.
After goals by Welling and Belcher put the Hawks up 12-5, the Mountaineers went on a 3-0 run to cut their deficit to 12-8. The score remained the same until Belcher struck again for the Hawks with 8:34 left on the clock. Becker sealed the win with 2:38 remaining when Welling scored into the bottom left corner of the net to make the score 14-8. Orrell and Belcher tallied late goals for their respective teams to make the final score 15-9.
Freshman goalie Nikolle Storey (Cumberland, Maine) earned her second win of the season after making 13 saves. Southern Vermont net minder Sydnee Julian (Mexico, N.Y.) kept the Mountaineers in the game with 21 saves.
Both teams return to NECC action on Saturday, March 2nd. Becker will travel to Regis College for 1:00 p.m. tilt, while Southern Vermont heads to Daniel Webster for a 12:30 p.m. start.