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April 6, 2012

Eagles Take Flight to Maine to Battle Husson

Poultney, VT – Green Mountain College women's lacrosse team will look to even its record at 3-3 as it travels to Maine on Saturday to play a North Atlantic Conference (NAC) East game against Husson University.  The first draw control is scheduled for 1:00 p.m. at Boucher Field.

GMC (2-3 overall, 0-1 NAC East) is coming off a busy week in which the team has already played twice.  The most recent of those games was a 13-11 victory over The Sage Colleges on Thursday afternoon.  The game was a constant see-saw battle with one team scoring and the other team responding almost immediately. 

The Eagles came through in the end and edged the Gators on the strength of several strong offensive performances.  Junior midfielder Bryanna Astor (Milltown, NJ) scored a career-high six goals and added an assist to lead the offense.  Sophomores Johanna Douglas (Essex, CT) and Corinne Colpitts (Groveland, MA) each netted three goals, while Douglas added three assists and Colpitts notched an assist of her own.

Husson (2-6 overall, 0-1 NAC East) is well-rested since coming off its first NAC East loss to New England College last Saturday.  Husson (also called the Eagles) managed to stick with the Pilgrims in the early going, but as the contest progressed NEC was able to distance itself from the Eagles, winning comfortably 18-7. 

Husson's offense was lead by sophomore attack-wing Caitlyn Stauffer (Brookfield, CT) as she scored two goals and assisted on another. Sophomore attacker Haley Huntington (West Gardiner, ME) also added two goals in defeat.

GMC and Husson split a pair of 15-9 decisions last year to run the all-time NAC series to 1-4 in favor of Husson.  The outcome of the last game between these clubs resulted in GMC's lone victory.  The GMC Eagles were led by Douglas who tallied six goals, one assist and grabbed eight ground balls in the win. Astor would add two goals of her own to account for the majority of the scoring.  Kim Gambon (Walpole, MA) notched three goals and added an assist for Husson in defeat.

Green Mountain will have to tighten up its ball control if it is to enjoy much success as Husson does an excellent job at scooping up ground balls as witnessed by the team being ranked third in the NAC with 181 total ground balls.  Green Mountain looks to hold a distinct advantage in the face-off circle though as GMC has almost won as many draw controls as Husson despite playing three fewer games.

Castleton will be next on the schedule for GMC as the two neighboring schools square off in NAC action on Wednesday, April 11th, at 4:00 p.m.  Husson, meanwhile, will get set for a conference home date against Maine Maritime for the exact same day and time.

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