Vassar's Dara Davis scored a game-high five goals, leading the Brewers women's lacrosse team to a 13-9 win over St. Lawrence University in Poughkeepsie, NY on Saturday afternoon. Senior co-captain Brigid Hurley scored four times for the Saints, who lost to Vassar for the first time since 2009.
St. Lawrence (7-5, 3-2) held the advantage in nearly every statistical category, including shots (29-21), ground balls (26-23) and draw controls (15-9). However, Brewers' goaltender Katharine Pula made 12 saves and the Saints were unable to overcome 21 turnovers, as Vassar improved to 6-2 (2-2).
"I thought we played well, controlling possession and the tempo," said St. Lawrence head coach Jodi Canfield. "We simply turned the ball over too frequently and had poor shot selection. (Pula) was a difference-maker for Vassar today with 12 big saves."
Isabelle Goldstein added a hat trick for Vassar and Jaqueline Palma had a team-high seven ground balls and four caused turnovers. Meanwhile, St. Lawrence co-captain Holly Noyes scored twice for the Saints and had team-highs in caused turnovers (3), draw controls (8) and ground balls (6).
Noyes opened the game's scoring only 1:27 into the first half, as she and co-captain Joey Kelley exchanged goals with Davis for a 2-2 draw just over 5:00 minutes in. Vassar's Phoebe Tzannes and Marissa Reilly put the home team up 4-2 with back-to-back goals, though Hurley added her first at 10:19 to cut St. Lawrence deficit to one at 4-3.
Vassar's offense continued to roll, though, rattling off four consecutive goals to earn some insurance late in the first half. Elizabeth Annis scored before Goldstein scored her hat trick in a span of 5:57 to open up an 8-3 Brewer lead with 9:33 left in the period. Though Hurley scored twice in 1:42 to claw the Saints back within three at 8-5, Davis capped the scoring for Vassar with a man-up goal with 1:19 to go before intermission for a 9-5 halftime lead.
St. Lawrence was not able to put together the offensive run it needed in the second half, as they exchanged a pair of two-goal runs with Vassar en route to the 13-9 loss. Trailing 11-5, Kelley and Hannah Calvelli scored free position goals to swing the momentum back in the Saints' favor with 18:55 to play.
Unfortunately, they wouldn't sustain the momentum, as Davis and Sophia Rosetti scored consecutive goals to push the lead back to six at 13-7 with 12:15 left in regulation. Noyes and Hurley would score goals, in the final :90 seconds, but Pula's nine second-half saves proved to be the difference in the 13-9 Vassar win.
Sophomore netminder Adden Cunningham struggled for the Saints, allowing 11 goals in 41:05 without making a save. Rookie Greta White made one stop in the final 18:55 in relief.
The loss snapped a three-game win streak for the Saints, who will be in action again next weekend, Friday and Saturday, April 12 and 13, when they host William Smith and Union, respectively.