SVC women draw with Elms, unbeaten in last 7

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BENNINGTON — A well-contested 110 minutes of New England Collegiate Conference women's soccer action saw Southern Vermont College and Elms College play to a 1-1 draw through double overtime at Everett Field Saturday afternoon.

The Mountaineers got on the board with a strike in the 41st minute to bring a slim lead into halftime. SVC was eight minutes away from capturing its first-ever win over Elms, but the visitors found an equalizer in the 83rd minute before the game went to extra periods. Neither team could get into the back of the net in the 20 minutes of overtime for the match to end in a tie.

SVC tied the program record for the most consecutive games played without a loss — a mark of seven set by the 1996 squad which also went 6-0-1 in its run. It is also the first of 11 all-time meetings with the Blazers that EC has not defeated the Mountaineers.

Southern Vermont sophomore Taylor Mallett scored for the hosts as she ripped home a shot off of a backwards pass from freshman Jayne Wierzbicki.

Mountaineer senior netminder Melissa Mascari (Saratoga Springs, N.Y.) made seven saves in the draw as Elms goalie Rebecca Molin turned away five SVC shots.

Southern Vermont moves to 8-4-1 overall on the year and 3-1-1 in league action; next up for the Mountaineers is a Tuesday road match at Becker College with that NECC kickoff slated for 7 p.m.

BBA boys soccer falls to Essex

MANCHESTER — Essex scored a pair of goals in the final three minutes of the first half to edge past Burr and Burton, 2-1, on Saturday at Taylor Field.

Tristan Salgado scored to break a scoreless tie for the Hornets, before Ryan Guerino added a second goal to double the lead. With 90 seconds left in the half, BBA cut the deficit to one with a goal from Daniel Hatheway, assisted by Ian Maier.

BBA hosts Hartford tonight at 6 p.m. for its Senior Night game at Applejack Field.

BBA is 6-4-2 on the year with two games left in the regular season.

Big first half propels Rutland past BBA

RUTLAND — The Burr and Burton field hockey team dropped a 4-0 decision to Rutland on Saturday.

All four Rutland goals came in the first half, with Natalie Mitiguy opening the scoring with an assist from Sophie Tarien. Two minutes later, Ella Berladi scored, assisted from Haley Lassen.

It stayed 2-0 until Rutland added the final two goals in the last four minutes, one from Alyssa Farrell and Francis Ettori.

Hannah Callen had five saves for the Bulldogs, who are 6-4-2 and host Bellows Falls on Tuesday.

SVC men beaten in NECC matchup

BENNINGTON — Southern Vermont College squared off with the newest member of the New England Collegiate Conference in Dean College at Everett Field on Saturday with the Mountaineers falling 3-0 to the undefeated Bulldog squad.

Dean College took a 1-0 upper hand into the break before tacking up a second goal in the 69th minute. An SVC own goal late in the match finished the 3-0 final.

Felipe Campos scored twice for Dean.

SVC goalie Dylan Berg made six saves in the loss.

Southern Vermont (4-11, 2-2 NECC) is back at it on Tuesday with a 7 p.m. NECC showdown at Elms College.

SVC volleyball sweeps Newbury

BROOKLINE, Mass. — Southern Vermont College tallied its second-straight New England Collegiate Conference (NECC) women's volleyball sweep on Saturday as the Mountaineers defeated Newbury College 3-0 at Hellenic College.

SVC took the match with set scores of 25-18, 26-24, and 25-12.

Junior libero Heidy Benitez popped up a match-high 32 digs for SVC — that being a season-best for the Mountaineers in a three-set match. Classmate and captain Liv Sowles tallied a contest-leading 13 kills while adding 14 digs, four aces, and two block assists to her line; that was her sixth double-double of the year.

Nikki Ramirez had nine kills, 11 digs, and three service aces in the win as sophomore Abigail Landon chalked up 25 assists, eight digs, and two aces. Bennington College freshman Kemly Derby had six kills, two digs, and a pair of aces for SVC.

The Mountaineers (4-16, 2-1 NECC) are back at home for their next match as Southern Vermont hosts Elms College on Tuesday for a 7 p.m. NECC contest. Saturday's win gives the team its first three-game winning streak since September 2014.

SVC women's XC preps for conference championship meet

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. — The Southern Vermont College women's cross country team had an interesting Saturday morning at Western New England University's Golden Bear Invitational as the Mountaineers ran — what will likely turn out to be — the longest race of their collegiate careers.

The women's race was supposed to be a 6,000 meter event. However, due to a mismarked course, all of the participants ended up running an additional 380 meters.

WNEU provided adjusted results that listed 6K times for the competitors; four of the six Mountaineers set first-time personal records for the distance while a fifth broke her previous best. Southern Vermont finished seventh out of the nine squads that placed.

Bennington College senior Annika Kristiansen led the Mountaineers as she came through ninth overall with an adjusted 6K time of 25:15; that was 13 seconds faster than her previous personal best and moved her up to fifth on SVC's all-time record list. She was followed by Bennington classmate and captain Isabella Poulos who crossed the real finish line at 28:26 for 24th overall.

Maddy Main was next for Southern Vermont with an adjusted time of 30:15 — that being just 50 seconds shy of tying for the school's 13th all-time best mark in a 6K. Freshman Emily Ikonen was right behind with an adjusted 30:18, and senior rookie Lexia Gillette rounded out the team's scoring placements with an official 31:49 in her first collegiate 6K. Freshman Faith Sullivan charted an adjusted time of 39:52 in her first showing on a longer course.

SVC is off next weekend as the team gears up for the New England Collegiate Conference Championship to be held on Saturday, October 28 at Stanley Park in Westfield, Mass.


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