CAZENOVIA, N.Y. - As the Green Mountain College practice fields remain under two feet of snow the women's lacrosse team has had to be creative with running practices, so Thursday's 17-10 non-conference loss to Cazenovia must be considered a huge win for the Eagles in their season opener at Christakos Field.
Green Mountain (0-1) had to shake off some early game jitters which saw them fall behind 3-0 in the beginning of the first half. Cazenovia's Kaitlin Sheppard, Kim Vrigian and Hannah Delaware staked the hosts to the early cushion.
The Eagles' clawed their way back with unassisted goals from Johanna Douglas (Essex, Conn.) and Corinne Colpitts (Groveland, Mass.) to make it 3-2 with 16:26 left to play. Both teams then endured a 13-minute scoring draught before the Wildcats converted on two more goals by Cassie Smock and Tracy Johnston to take a 5-2 lead.
Douglas and Colpitts scored just 14 seconds apart within the last minute play to shrink the deficit to 5-4 before the hosts' Jessica Cramer closed out the first half scoring with just 40 seconds left to give the Wildcats a 6-4 halftime lead.
Cazenovia (1-3) used the first three and a half minutes to extend its lead to a commanding 11-4 lead. Daejah Werntz and Vrigian scored four of the five Wildcat goals during the 5-0 run.
GMC's Megan Scully (Henderson, N.Y.) snapped the streak with the first goal of her collegiate career as she converted a feed from Douglas past Cazenovia's Abigail Kortz.
With just 13 players available for the Eagles, the Wildcats were able to keep fresh legs on the field and capitalized on their advantage by extending the lead to 15-5 with four more unanswered goals. Sheppard, Werntz and Smock all scored in the run for the Wildcats.
Green Mountain made a run of its own to end the game outscoring the Wildcats 5-2. Douglas and Scully each notched two more markers while Erin McAuliffe (Hopkinton, N.H.) scored her first of the year.
Sheppard led the way offensively for the Wildcats with five goals and three assists, while teammates Vrigian and Werntz tallied three goals apiece. Delaware led the hosts in the midfield by picking up four groundballs while Vrigian caused four turnovers.
Douglas had a terrific game for the Eagles, scoring four times while also dishing out an assist. The reigning NCAA statistical leader in draw controls also won 14 draws while picking up 10 groundballs. Scully recorded a hat trick in her debut while Colpitts scored twice, picked up four groundballs and controlled two draws.
Kortz (1-3) picked up her first win of the season by making 10 saves. Virginia Anderson (Silver Spring, Md.) (0-1) stopped 18 of 35 shots in the loss for the Eagles.
Green Mountain will next travel to Becker to take on the Hawks for a non-conference game on Saturday at 3:30 p.m.