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April 9, 2014

Eagles Slip in Second Half, Lose to Pilgrims

CASTLETON, Vt. – New England College scored a 15-5 victory over Green Mountain College in North Atlantic Conference women's lacrosse action on Wednesday afternoon on the strength of the Pilgrims' four-goal performances from Emily Bamberger and Allison Granata.

In addition to the markers by Bamberger and Granata, NEC (3-8, 3-0 NAC) received two goals each from Alexa Tardif and Jacquelyn Lane. Elizabeth Bois added a goal and an assist while leading the Pilgrims on the ground with five groundballs. Granata rounded out her all-round game with a game-high four caused turnovers. Gabriella Bigos led the visitors with six draw controls. 

Green Mountain (0-5, 0-2 NAC) was led offensively by Johanna Douglas (Essex, Conn.) and Megan Scully (Henderson, N.Y.) who each scored two goals, with Scully adding an assist. Corinne Colpitts (Groveland, Mass.) scored GMC's other marker. The Eagles had three players pick up five groundballs as Virginia Anderson (Silver Spring, Md.), Maegan Laymon (Ilion, N.Y.) and Douglas each led the way. Douglas returned to form in the draw circle controlling six draws, while Martha Howe (Sunapee, N.H.) led the home side with two caused turnovers. 

The Eagles burst out of the gates to take the early lead when Scully ran down the right side then roll dodged back to the center firing a left handed shot over the shoulder of NEC's goalkeeper Mackenzie Meegan. 

Bamberger tied the game at 1-1 six minutes later as she converted on a free position attempt by beating the Eagles' keeper to the top left corner of the net. A minute following Bamberger's goal, Douglas put the Eagles back on top when she scored on her own free position shot as the midfielder went five-hole on the Pilgrims' netminder. 

NEC took control of play at that point and rattled off five consecutive goals as Lane scored both her goals during the run with single goals coming from Bois, Bamberger and Granata. Colpitts finished the first half scoring with just nine seconds remaining as she sprinted down the right side and beat the keeper over the shoulder. 

Granata opened the scoring in the second half with an impressive individual effort, deking out four Eagle defenders and beating Anderson low and to her left. The Pilgrims would put the game out of reach by adding seven more unanswered goals to take a commanding 14-3 lead. 

Scully and Douglas would sandwich one more Pilgrim goal by Granata to close out the scoring on the afternoon. 

Meegan (3-5) stopped nine shots on goal for the Pilgrims including a fantastic save close in on a one-on-one situation.  Anderson (0-5) performed admirably as she backstopped the Eagles in the loss making 11 saves. 

Green Mountain will travel to face UMaine-Farmington on Saturday, while NEC will host Rivier in a non-conference match on Friday.

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