WATERVILLE, Maine – The Thomas College women's lacrosse team earned their first victory of the season over Lyndon State, 12-7, in North Atlantic Conference action on Monday afternoon at Smith Field.
In the win, the Terriers move to 1-4 (1-1 NAC) while the Hornets stay winless at 0-3 (0-2 NAC) in their inaugural season.
The Terriers struck first in the opening minutes of the first half as senior Sophia LaVallee (Pawling, N.Y.) beat Hornets' goalie Amanda Hadley in the top corner. On the ensuing draw, Mikayla Hodge won the draw control for the Hornets and went straight to the net for a goal, tying the game up at 1-1.
Thomas exploded for four straight goals in five minutes to take a 5-1 lead. Kimberly Banks netted back-to-back goals along with a goal each from Lindsey Allen (Jay, Maine) and Samantha Greenlaw (Windham, Maine). The Hornets cut the lead down to two as Miranda Chute and Hodge scored midway through the half.
Before the break, the Terriers received two goals from Greenlaw and another from Allen. Hodge tallied two more to enter the half at 8-5.
At the 18-minute mark of the second half, the Terriers looked to build on their lead as Tiffany Weeks (Kennebunk, Maine) fired in a goal. Cassidy West (Vassalboro, Maine) netted her first career goal with while Allen added her third of the game with five minutes remaining.
Felisha Olmstead and Taylor Cavaliero each sent in a goal for the Hornets while Ashley Gooden (Lancaster, N.H.) scored her first career goal for Thomas to finish at 12-7.
Allen and Greenlaw led the Terriers with three goals apiece along with a pair of goals from Banks.
Hodge finished with a game-high four goals while chipping in with an assist for Lyndon State.
Freshman Sydni Collier earned the victory in goal for Thomas after stopping 10 shots while Hadley was given the loss with seven saves.
The Terriers will host Castleton on Thursday, April 6 in a 4:00 p.m. conference contest at Smith Field.