Fuccione Notches Hat Trick, Eagles Fall to Thomas

Sophya Fuccione angles toward the net for a shot against Thomas on Saturday.
Sophya Fuccione angles toward the net for a shot against Thomas on Saturday.

POULTNEY, Vt. – A natural hat trick from Sophya Fuccione was not enough as the Green Mountain College women's lacrosse team was upended by Thomas College, 11-4, in North Atlantic Conference (NAC) action on Saturday afternoon at Eagles Game Field.

The Eagles held a brief ceremony prior to the game to honor four senior players with recognition for their dedication and commitment and presented them with a senior photo and gift. Rachel Aramburu, Keeley Titus, Casie Sharp and Drew Gillen all celebrated their senior day on Saturday.

Thomas (3-9, 3-5 NAC) received four goals, an assist, four groundballs and six draw controls from Lindsey Allen and three goals from Sophia LaVallee to lead the offense. Samantha Greenlaw added two goals and an assist as well as four groundballs.

Fuccione added three groundballs and two draw controls to her trio of goals, while Rachel Aramburu notched a goal, five draw controls and three caused turnovers for the Eagles.

The Terriers jumped out to an early 3-0 lead in the first 15 minutes of action with a pair of goals from Allen and one from LaVallee before the Eagles' Aramburu cut the lead to 3-1 at the 13:45 mark.

The visitors then used eight-straight goals that spanned between the first and second halves to open up a commanding 11-1 lead. Allen and LaVallee accounted for half of the production during the run.

Fuccione ended the run with three-straight goals of her own to conclude the scoring on the afternoon.

Sydni Collier made one save while picking up the win for Thomas, while Chelsea Wimble turned aside 13 shots on net in the loss for the Eagles.

Green Mountain will head to Castleton for its next contest on Monday at 4 p.m. Thomas concludes its regular season schedule by hosting UMaine-Farmington on Monday at 4 p.m.