Kloppenburg Leads Vassar Past New Paltz

POUGHKEEPSIE, NY (March 26, 2010) -- Bitter cold weather conditions didnt seem to have any effect on the Vassar College womens lacrosse team, as the Brewers cruised past SUNY New Paltz, 15-8, on a windy Friday and chilly afternoon at Weinberg Field.

The victory improves Vassar to 4-2 on the season. The Brewers will open Liberty League play next Friday, April 2, when they host William Smith College at 4:00 p.m. at Weinberg Field. The Hawks fall to 1-2 overall and will next take on the University of Scranton tomorrow, March 27th at 1:00 p.m. in their first home contest of the season.

Vassar was led by a pair of outstanding performances from junior Emily Kloppenburg and freshman Michaela Garrison, who scored four and three goals respectively, totaling almost half of Vassar's goals on the afternoon.

After grabbing a 6-2 lead at the half, the Brewers wasted no time building on it, as sophomore Elizabeth Feltch notched her ninth goal of the season just 14 seconds into the period. The Brewers posted another three goals in a four-minute span, with Feltch and Kloppenburg both scoring twice. Vassar managed to hold a lead of nine goals on several occasions, the last time being at 15-6. The Hawks, however, were able to grind out a pair of goals in the last minute of the game, as midfielders Brigitte Hooker and Brittany Hunt both scored.

The Brewers came out gunning in the first half of the game, as they scored four goals, all notched by different players, before the Hawks were able to get on the board with less than eight minutes left in the period when junior Brittany Bennett scored her sixth goal of the season.

Vassar received two goals apiece from Feltch, senior Larisa Lasko and sophomore Maura McCarthy, while sophomore midfielder Morgan Namian notched three assists. New Paltz was led by Hooker, Bennett, and freshman Julianne Rehain who all had two goals each, while Hunt contributed a goal and three assists.

Junior Nicole Engelhardt earned the win for Vassar, playing in the first half and recording six saves. Sophomore Heather Kesselman played the second half in goal and made five stops. For the Hawks, sophomore Margaret DeLauter made seven saves.


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