Dolphins Tripped up by Rangers at Spring Fling

West Palm Beach, Fla. The College of Mount Saint Vincent dropped its second straight contest at the West Palm Beach Spring Fling on Wednesday after falling to Drew, 19-7. Junior Nicole Flores (Bethpage, N.Y.) continued her strong start to the season with four goals on the day.

Drew got on the board with the first two goals of the game on Wednesday before Julia Caro (Mamaroneck, N.Y.) got the Mount to within a goal at 2-1 on a feed from Elizabeth Delany (Warwick, N.Y.) at the 24:43 mark of the first half.

Following the Caro marker, Drew scored the next nine goals to open a comfortable 11-1 lead with just over eight minutes to play before halftime. The Dolphins would close the half with three of the final four goals, including a pair from Flores to head into the intermission trailing 12-4.

Drew started the second half in the same fashion it opened the game with a pair of goals in the first eight minutes of action. Caro would again get the Mount on the board with a goal with 21:13 left in regulation, but Drew reeled off the next five goals as it cruised to the final 12 goal advantage.

Flores matched the game-high with four goals for the Dolphins, including two inside the final nine minutes of regulation time. She now leads the team in scoring with 10 goals and 11 points and also added two draw controls and a groundball against the Rangers.

Caro netted a pair of goals for the Dolphins on the day and caused a turnover, with rookie Kelly Fraser (Staten Island, N.Y.) adding the Dolphins' other marker. Colleen Walsh (Manchester, Vt.) and Gabriella Astorino (Warwick, N.Y.) led the team with three groundballs, with Walsh also leading the way with four caused turnovers.

Drew featured 11 different goal scorers in the game and was led by four tallies from Krysta Cento. Nikki Kleiman also had a strong day with a pair of goals and an assist to go along with a game-high six draw controls. The Rangers also had four different players pick up three groundballs apiece.

Michelle Miller (Chester, Pa.) made her first start of the season in the cage on Wednesday for the Mount and made a pair of saves and picked up two groundballs. Christiana Carlini earned the win for Drew without making a stop in the game.

Mount Saint Vincent was outshot in the game 31-9 and the Rangers also held a slim edge in groundballs 19-17. Drew held a big advantage in draw controls at 21-8 and went 5 for 7 in free-position shots. The Mount was 11 for 13 in clearing attempts and a perfect 4 for 4 on free-position chances.

With the loss Mount Saint Vincent falls to 1-2 overall on the season. The Dolphins will be back in action again back north when they open Skyline Conference play at St. Joseph's-L.I. on March 18. Opening Draw is scheduled for 2:00 p.m.


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