Saints women's lax topples Raptors, 16-5
Saturday, April 6, 2013 - 8:46 am

The St. Lawrence University women's lacrosse team put on a dominant performance in the first half on Friday en route to a 16-5 victory over Bard College in Annandale-on-Hudson, NY. Four Saints had multi-goal goals, as the visitors had a 13-2 lead at intermission and never looked back in the Liberty League contest.

St. Lawrence improves to 7-4 (3-1) having outshot Bard 21-6 in the first half before finishing with a 29-21 edge. The Saints won the ground ball battled 20-19, and despite 21 turnovers, cleared the ball successfully 14-of-15 tries. Bard (4-5, 0-3) could not battle back in a game that saw the home team finish 2-for-11 on free position shots.

"We came out strong and played a very sound first half," said St. Lawrence head coach Jodi Canfield. "We've won three in a row and are playing with confidence right now, but need to be sharp tomorrow against a Vassar team that has been very competitive throughout the early portion of the season."

Senior co-captain Brigid Hurley had a game-high four goals, while rookie Annie McClelland added a hat trick. Carly VanTassel and Mackenzie Collins both scored twice, while VanTassel chipped in a pair of assists for a four-point outing. Other St. Lawrence goal scorers included Michaela Maybee, Hannah Calvelli, Chloe Knapp, Emma Garfield and Blythe Crasto. Brianna Bean led Bard with two goals and an assist.

St. Lawrence came out of the gate scoring early and often, piling up nine goals in the first 17:00 minutes of regulation for a 9-0 lead. Though Bard responded with two straight, the Saints rattled off four consecutive goals before halftime to stretch the advantage to the overwhelming tally of 13-2.

Both teams scored three times in the second half, though the Saints worked to run time off the game clock and have several young players gain experience.

Sophomore Adden Cunningham picked up the win in net after making three saves and allowing no goals in 16:58 of work, leaving with the lead at 9-0. First-year students Molly Herman (three saves) and Greta White (four saves) both saw time between the pipes for the Scarlet and Brown in relief. Bard's Maddy Huggins suffered the loss, making seven saves in the effort.

Bard's Joanna Regan led all players with six draw controls, and Bean and Neena Marano combined for seven caused turnovers for the Raptors. Collins closed with a time-high five draw controls for St. Lawrence, while senior co-captain Holly Noyes added two caused turnovers.

St. Lawrence will be in action again tomorrow at 2:00pm in Poughkeepsie, NY against Vassar College.