Pilgrims Upend Terriers in Conference Opener

Pilgrims Upend Terriers in Conference Opener

Courtesy of NEC Sports Information

HENNIKER, N.H.—The Thomas College women's lacrosse team dropped a 20-1 decision to New England College in North Atlantic Conference (NAC) action on Saturday.

The win boosts NEC to 3-3 overall and 2-0 in NAC play, while Thomas falls to 0-3 on the season and 0-1 in league play.

NEC sophomore Tara Bainbridge set a new program record for goals in a game with a nine-goal performance while Allison Granata tallied three goals and three assists.

In addition to Bainbridge and Granata, the Pilgrims received four goals from Alana Scott and two goals from freshman Tailor Chapin.

Granata also won a team-best five draw controls, followed by Scott with four. Granata also had a team-best four caused turnovers.

Lindsey Allen (Jay, May / Spruce Mountain) scored the lone goal for Thomas early in the first half. Samantha Greenlaw (Windham, Maine / Windham) scooped up a team-best four ground balls, while Tiffany Weeks (Kennebunk, Maine / Kennebunk) and Cassidy West (Vassalboro, Maine / Erskine Academy) both had two draw controls.

The Pilgrims took some time getting warmed up and Thomas dominated possession for the first few minutes, but NEC potted back-to-back goals at 22:58 and 20:30 to take a 2-0 lead. The Pilgrims would hold a 9-0 lead before Thomas would get on the scoreboard with Allen's goal. NEC led 13-1 at the half.

The second half was all NEC, as they scored the first goal of the half in just 55 seconds. Granata hit her career milestone on NEC's 18th goal of the game at 17:58, followed by Bainbridge's record-setting goal two minutes later for the 19-1 advantage.

NEC goaltender Mackenzie Meegan stopped five of the six shots she faced on the day, while Thomas's Sydni Collier (Oakland, Maine / Messalonskee) tallied 12 saves.

 NEC held a 41-8 advantage in shots and a 32-6 advantage in shots-on-goal.  The Pilgrims also held a 26-15 advantage in ground balls and a 13-8 edge in draw controls.  Thomas finished 10-for-21 on clear attempts; NEC was 15-for-17.

The Terriers will travel to Norwich on Thursday, March 30 for a 4:00 p.m. contest.