Finch double paces Vixens in 9-0 win over Falcons

Finch double paces Vixens in 9-0 win over Falcons

NEW HAVEN, Conn. — Eight different Sweet Briar field hockey student-athletes combined for nine goals, with first-year Shay Finch scoring twice, as the Vixens toppled Albertus Magnus 9-0 at Celentano Field on Saturday.

The Vixens' (2-5) nine-goal output marked the first time Sweet Briar has surpassed five goals in a game since a 6-0 victory over Bryn Mawr on September 19, 2010. The shutout victory was the first for Sweet Briar since a 3-0 win over Ferrum on October 11, 2014 and gives Sweet Briar its first multi-win season since a three-win year in 2011.

"I am very proud of this team and program," said head coach Hannah Lott. "The team gets better, stronger and wiser every day. We are talking and listening to each other on the field with clear communication. We are playing smarter, more patient defense and are being more creative and supportive in our attacking 50. I was glad to see some new names get some goals and walk away with the first shutout of the season."

Sweet Briar lit up the scoreboard for the first time in the first minute when first-year Maggie Groetsch (Asheville, N.C.) scored her first collegiate goal. 

Groetsch had her hand in the Vixens' second tally when she assisted on first-year Emily Myers' (Fredericksburg, Va.) second goal of the year in the fourth minute of play.

Junior Caroline Trimmer (Toana, Va.) struck for her first career goal in the 11th minute off an assist from sophomore Alexis Jones (Suffolk, Va.).

Finch (Baltimore, Md.) struck with a solo effort in the 14th minute before Jones netted her third goal of the year in the 29th minute when sophomore Kayleigh Ness (Red Lion, Pa.) assisted on Jones' goal.

Jones paid the favor back to Ness in the 32nd minute as Ness slotted her first career goal into the back of the net.

Leading 6-0 at the start of the second half, the Vixens opened the second half scoring in the 45th minute when first-year Erin Orr (Detroit, Mich.) scored off a Finch assist. Orr's goal was the first of her career.

Finch scored her second goal in the 46th with another solo effort, followed by a 66th minute unassisted goal by first-year Ingrid Stacia (Richmond, Va.) — the first of Stacia's career. 

"I couldn't have asked for a more beautiful goal from Ingrid Stacia," Lott said. "She was exactly where she needed to be and finished strong."

The Vixens held the Falcons to no shots on the day, leaving sophomore goalkeeper Rosemary Austin (Commerce Township, Mich.) and first-year goalie Janie Bolling (Hereford, Md.) with 35 minutes each in the combined shutout victory.

"Each game we win and goal we score is hard work paying off for the Sweet Briar field hockey family — players, alumnae, parents and the Sweet Briar College community alike," Lott added.

Sweet Briar wraps up its two-game trip to Connecticut with a netural site meeting with Keystone on Sunday at 11 a.m. at Albertus Magnus' Celentano Field.