POULTNEY, Vt. – New England senior Meredith Merce scored four goals and added two helpers, while goalie Rebecca Harvey stopped numerous point blank shots as New England College doubled up Green Mountain College 10-5 handing the GMC its first North Atlantic Conference (NAC) loss at Eagles Game Field on Wednesday afternoon.
Nearly eight minutes eclipsed before either team found the back of the net as NEC's Alexa Tardif notched the game's first marker from Christine Belanger 8:19 into the game. Less than a minute later, Green Mountain responded when Johanna Douglas (Essex, Conn.) converted a free position shot to tie the game at 1-1.
NEC (3-6, 1-1 NAC) proceeded to score four-straight goals to take a 5-1 lead. Tardif scored her second goal on a free position shot and then Merce added her first two goals, both coming with the man advantage. Sarah Merrill capped the four-goal run as she put home a nice feed from Merce past Eagles' goalie Virginia Anderson (Silver Spring, Md.).
Eagles' Corinne Colpitts (Groveland Mass.) inched the home side closer with her first goal of the game from a Bryanna Astor (Milltown, N.J.) feed, narrowing the gap to 5-2. The Pilgrims closed out the half with two more goals from Merce and Bridget Couture to take a commanding 7-2 lead into halftime.
GMC goals by Colpitts and Douglas sandwiched Merce's fourth marker opening the scoring in the second half to put the score at 8-4 with 19:29 remaining to play. NEC would score two more goals from Elini Hatsis and Jacquelyn Lane to just one from GMC's Douglas to close out the scoring on the afternoon giving the visitors the victory.
Leading the way for the Pilgrims was Merce with four goals and two assists. Merrill added two assists to her lone marker. Harvey made several difficult saves in net and led the team in ground balls with four. Elizabeth Bois contributed three ground balls and three caused turnovers in the win.
Douglas tallied three goals and an assist for the Eagles and dominated the draws, controlling a game-high 13 and adding five ground balls in defeat. Colpitts scored two goals to supplement the offense, while Astor had an assist and three ground balls.
Harvey (2-2) earned the victory for her standout effort in net as she stopped 10 of 15 shots. Kelly Metz replaced her late in the second half and made two saves of her own. Taking the loss for GMC was Anderson (2-4) who made 12 saves.
Up next for Green Mountain (2-4, 0-1 NAC) will be a game against Husson at home on Saturday, April 6th at 3 p.m. The Pilgrims will also play at home on Saturday as they face Norwich at 1 p.m.