SWEET BRIAR, Va. — Sweet Briar sophomore Caylin Newman became the first Vixen since the 2016-17 academic year to score a goal in both soccer and lacrosse in the same year, on Friday as the Vixens fell 16-2 to Gwynedd Mercy on a snowy afternoon at Babcock Field.
As snow fell on Babcock Field, Gwynedd Mercy (3-2) jumped onto the scoreboard with 27 minutes remaining in the opening half, when Meleah Hoats scored the first goal of the day. Anna Grace Bernicker followed Hoats' lead by scoring an unassisted goal with 24:38 on the clock.
The eventual game-winning goal came from Victoria Braeunle with 23:20 left in the first period.
Sweet Briar (0-6) found itself on the scoreboard with 56 seconds remaining in the opening half when junior Victoria Lawson (Shipman, Va.) assisted on a goal from junior Maciel Garcia (Occoquan, Va.). Garcia's second goal of the season, sent the two sides to the halftime break with the Griffins up 12-1.
As the snow began to fall harder in the second half, Gwynedd Mercy tallied a pair of goals before Newman (Bedford, Va.) scored off an assist from Lawson.
Two additional Gwynedd Mercy goals put the Griffins up 16-2 before the game was ended early by the officials due to the difficult playing conditions caused by the weather.
Newman's goal was the first of her collegiate lacrosse career. Newman, who scored one goal during the fall with the Vixens' soccer program, becomes the first Vixen to score for both the soccer and lacrosse programs in the same academic year since Sweet Briar assistant lacrosse coach Liz Phaup scored for both squads in 2016-17.
Six different Vixens finished the game with a ground ball, while Lawson and junior Kierstan Mullins (Richmond, Va.) both snagged a team-high three draw controls. First-year LaLa Martinez (Richmond, Va.) and sophomore Madison Harpham (Monroe, Va.) wrapped-up the day with two caused turnovers each, while sophomore goalkeeper Sammy Holton (Arbutus, Md.) made three saves for Sweet Briar.
Hoats and Bernicker both finished with three goals for Gwynedd Mercy.
Sweet Briar opens a four-game road trip on Tuesday, with a 7 p.m. opening draw in Lynchburg, Va. against Randolph.