Strong first half lifts Vassar College over Western women, 16-8

DANBURY, CT – The visitors from Vassar College outscored the Western Connecticut State University women's lacrosse team 11-2 in the first half, as the Brewers topped the Colonials 16-8 Tuesday evening at the Westside Athletic Complex.

Seniors Kirsten Hudock (Newtown, CT) and Hyla Costello (Southington, CT) and freshman Destinee Carey (New Milford, CT) all scored two goals apiece for Western.  Senior Elena Gayton (Ellington, CT) and sophomore Chandler Camlin (Stamford, CT) each scored once.

For Vassar, junior Leigh Anne Baldwin (Simsbury, CT) and junior Dara Davis (Guilford, CT) each scored three goals.  Senior Nicole Magney (Chevy Chase, MD), sophomore Isabelle Goldstein (Belmont, MA), freshman Julia Trudell (Newtown, CT), and senior Zoe Ripecky (Chicago, IL) each scored twice.

Baldwin got Vassar on the board early with an unassisted goal in the game's second minute, and Ripecky extended the lead to 2-0 a minute later.

The Brewers stretched their lead to 5-0 before Carey scored on a free-position for Western to narrow the gap to 5-1 at the 22:10 mark.

Seven minutes later, Gayton capitalized on another free-position opportunity for Western, making the score 5-2.

The remainder of the first half belonged to Vassar, as the Brewers took an 11-2 lead into the locker room at intermission.

Hudock scored first for the Colonials to start the second half, but Vassar quickly pushed its advantage to 10 goals on back to back goals by Davis and Trudell.

Western responded with a 4-1 run to make the score 14-7 with just under 12 minutes remaining in the second half.

The Brewers moved back to an eight-point lead at the 7:06 mark, and when each team scored once down the stretch, the final margin for Vassar College was 16-8.

For the game, Vassar College held a 35-22 advantage in shots, as well as a 35-29 edge in ground balls.

Colonial keeper Karli Portnoy (Sea Cliff, NY) made 15 saves, but suffers the loss, while junior Kate Pula (Washington Township, NJ) made 3 saves to claim the victory for Vassar.

With the loss, Western now stands at 1-4 on the season, while Vassar improves to 5-1.  The Colonials return to action Saturday, March 29, when they travel to play Little East Conference rival UMass Dartmouth.  Game time is slated for 12:00pm.