Poultney, VT – Junior midfielder Ceara DiBiase scored seven times and assisted on four other Terrier markers as visiting Thomas College improved its chances for a post-season berth with a win at Green Mountain College on Saturday afternoon in North Atlantic Conference East Division lacrosse action. The win draws the Terriers even with University of Maine at Farmington with identical 2-3 NAC East records. The loss officially eliminates the Eagles from post season play.
Thomas (5-6 overall, 2-3 NAC East) started the scoring at the 28:56 mark of the first half on an unassisted goal from DiBiase. Jennifer Day would stretch the visitors' lead to 3-0 before the Eagles (2-9 overall, 0-5 NAC East) could respond. The Eagles would score two goals in the span of 33 seconds to cut the lead to 3-2 as Johanna Douglas converted a free position shot and Lara Baxter netted a feed from Bryanna Astor.
The Terriers then broke the game wide open by going on a 6-1 run to close out play in the first half. DiBiase would score three of the visitors' six goals during that stretch.
The Eagles (2-9 overall, 0-5 NAC East) came out of the half trying to whittle down the lead, but Thomas sustained its offensive pressure throughout and held a 9-4 scoring advantage in the second half to easily post an 18-7 final score.
In addition to her scoring efforts, the Terriers' DiBiase added six ground balls, caused three turnovers and had two draw controls to complete the all-round performance. Day added two more goals in the second half to tally four in all on the afternoon. The freshman midfielder also picked up four ground balls in the victory. Jillian Lambert, Brittany Premo and Kim Migliara rounded out the Terriers' double-digit scorers as each notched two goals. Lambert would add an assist and six ground balls while Premo was credited with a game-high seven groundballs.
Thomas' Teshia Cates grabs the win for the Terriers with a eight save performance, while Virginia Anderson shoulders the loss for the Eagles.
The Terriers will cap their road trip with a NAC East matchup with New England College tomorrow afternoon.