Lynchburg, Va. --- The Sweet Briar field hockey team closed out the 2011 campaign under the lights at Lynchburg College on Thursday evening. The Hornets, ranked third in the latest NFHCA poll, put the Vixens on the defense for much of the game and were able to finish with a 12-0 victory.
The Hornets struck early on their home turf, scoring their first goal exactly one minute into the contest. They added five more goals in first half and continued their attack, scoring six more times in the second stanza.
Sweet Briar goalkeeper Madeline Wilson ('12/Orange, Va.) made eight save in the opening 20 minutes, before being replaced by junior Brooke Scott in net. Scott was able to hold Lynchburg off the scoreboard for the last 15 minutes of the first half, stopping 11 shots on goal. She finished with 17 saves on the night, a career high for the Kemah, Texas native.
Wilson winds up her career at Sweet Briar seventh in saves among active goalkeepers in NCAA Division III, making 537 saves in her four years in net for the Vixens.
Sweet Briar finishes the 2011 season 3-12. The Vixens say farewell to senior stalwarts Wilson, Alexandra St. Pierre (So. Hamilton, Mass.), Ariel Yoder (Clemons, N.C.) and Maggie McNamara (Arlington, Va.). Sweet Briar will return 10 letterwinners for the 2012 season.