NORTH ADAMS, Mass. - A youthful women's lacrosse team took the field on Saturday for Green Mountain College in its season opener against MCLA at Shewcraft Field. The Eagles showed some of their inexperience in a 21-3 loss to the Trailblazers, but many positives were taken from the team's first game.
MCLA wasted little time to get its offense going as the team scored the game's first four goals. Kim Granito started the scoring just one minute into play. Natalie Caney, Mackenzie Cutler, and Courtney Gabrus added goals in the opening stretch to make it 4-0.
GMC got on the board with their first goal of the season at the 23:55 mark to cut it to 4-1 as Rachel Aramburu converted a pass from Sophya Fuccione. However, MCLA answered with three more goals to stretch it to 7-1.
Aramburu posted her second goal of the game to cut the deficit to 7-2 at the 16:13 mark of the opening period.
MCLA clamped down defensively and then scored the last seven goals of the half to take a 14-4 lead. Granito and Cutler each had three goals in the first half for MCLA.
The hosts kept the pressure up to open the second half as they opened on a 5-1 spurt to put the game away with Fuccione notching her first career goal.
Cutler scored 5 goals to lead all scorers while Granito added 4. The Trailblazers had eight different player net goals.
In addition to her pair of goals, Aramburu also collected team highs in groundballs (4) and draw controls (5). Fuccione added two draw controls and a caused turnover to her goal and assist.
Trailblazer Zoe Elwell earned the win in goal playing the first half and stopping a pair of shots in the half. Julia Coughlin played the entire second half for the Trailblazers. Taking the loss for the Eagles was Chelsea Wimble who stopped four shots.
Green Mountain is back in action on Tuesday when they travel to Colby-Sawyer College for a conference battled at 4 p.m.