Hornets Hang On To Deny Women's Lacrosse, 21-15

Hornets Hang On To Deny Women's Lacrosse, 21-15

THE BASICS
Final Score: Lyndon State 21, Dean College 15
Records: Lyndon State (4-5), Dean College (0-10)
Location: Grant Field, Franklin, Mass.
Date: Tuesday, April 17, 2018
Time: 4:00 PM

THE LEAD:
In one of their most competitive contests in recent memory, host Dean College just couldn't get over the hump and Lyndon State took an exciting, 21-15 win over the Bulldogs in non-league women's lacrosse action on Tuesday afternoon.

The win for the Hornets is their second victory in their last three games and the 21 goals represent a season-best. For the Bulldogs, meanwhile, the 15-goal explosion for them was almost equal to their entire season total from last year.

HOW IT HAPPENED:
Each team's offense got off and running early as Lyndon State scored the first two goals but Dean stormed back on scores from Sydnie Gomes (New Bedford, Mass.), Makayla Fisher (Irvington, N.J.) and Genesis Johnson (Norwalk, Conn.).

Taylor Cavaliero found the back of the net the next two times to put the Hornets back in front, starting a stretch where Lyndon State scored six of the next nine goals to take an 8-6 lead.

Johnson, Gomes and Fisher all scored again to keep Dean close and after Briana Saunders (Irvington, N.J.) and Fisher scored less than a minute apart, suddenly the Bulldogs' deficit only stood at 10-8.

The Hornets went on to score five straight goals but another strike from Fisher had Dean still within striking distance at the half.

As the second half started, the teams traded goals but when Lauryn Wilks (Hartford, Conn.) and Gomes each scored on free-position tallies, the Bulldogs were as close as they had been since early in the first half at 17-13.

Lyndon State pushed their lead out to six at 19-13 before Shania Springer (Bayshore, N.Y.) recorded her first collegiate goal with help from Saunders, but the Hornets put the game away as Elizabeth Start scored and then assisted on a Michaela Columbia goal with less than four minutes to go.

INSIDE THE NUMBERS:
Mikayla Hodge
scored a career-high nine goals for Lyndon State who also got six goals and two assists from Cavaliero. Start, meanwhile, totaled five goals, four assists and six groundballs.

Dean was paced by Fisher's four goals and three goals each from Gomes, Johnson and Wilks.

UP NEXT:
Dean will be back in action on Wednesday when they return to NECC play with a home contest against Wheelock.