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April 6, 2013

GMC's Comeback Effort Falls Just Short

POULTNEY, Vt. – Husson received four-goal outbursts from Alissa Fallon and Haley Huntington as the visitors eked out a 9-8 North Atlantic Conference victory over Green Mountain College on Saturday afternoon at Eagles Game Field. 

The first half witnessed an outpouring of offense for both teams as 12 of the 17 goals came in the opening stanza.  Green Mountain's Corinne Colpitts (Groveland, Mass.) opened the scoring early for the home side as she scored a minute into the game.  Husson would even up the score and then take a 2-1 lead with goals from Huntington and Fallon. 

The game would continue in a cat and mouse fashion as GMC would tie the game just to see Husson pull ahead by one.  That would continue until late in the first half when GMC's Johanna Douglas (Essex, Conn.) notched her second goal of the game to knot the score at 6-6 heading into halftime. 

Each team was much more cautious to open the second half, but Husson streaked ahead 9-6 with three-straight goals within the first 10 minutes of play.  Green Mountain again tried to play catch up and Douglas would bring the hosts to within one goal after netting her third and fourth goals of the game, her fourth with 12:18 left to play.  

Finding that least equalizer, however, proved to be difficult as Husson clamped down on defense and goalie Chelsea Kondratowicz made a couple of point-blank saves to keep Husson on top. 

The visitors wound down the clock by maintaining lengthy possessions and ultimately clinched the victory. 

Leading Husson offensively was Huntington and Fallon, with the latter also adding an assist.  The other goal scorer for the visitors was Charlotte Gerhardy.  Michaela Bicknell provided some energy in the midfield adding two assists to her three draw controls.  Also patrolling the midfield for Husson was Emily Child who notched a team-high five ground balls. 

Green Mountain's offense was buoyed by Douglas' four goals and assist, but also received game-highs in ground balls and draw controls from the junior with six and eight, respectively.  Colpitts tallied three goals for the home side, while Bryanna Astor (Milltown, N.J.) rounded out the scoring for GMC and added an assist. Kaitlyn Lawrence (Canton, N.Y.) wreaked havoc on the opposition by breaking up many scoring opportunities and collecting five ground balls. 

Kondratowicz stopped seven shots to earn her third win of the season for Husson, while GMC's Virginia Anderson (Silver Spring, Md.) made nine saves in a losing effort. 

Green Mountain (2-5; 0-2 NAC) will next take on Castleton at home on Wednesday, April 10th while Husson (3-4; 1-1 NAC returns home to host Southern Maine tomorrow in a game that was rescheduled from earlier in the year.

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