HACKETTSTOWN, N.J. — With the aid of a six-goal outing by junior Victoria Lawson, the Sweet Briar lacrosse team picked up its first victory of the 2019 season by topping Centenary 11-7 at Reeves Field on Saturday.
"We started the game with a level of intensity we have been striving for and ended the game with fierce confidence," said head coach Meredith Newman. "The whole team rose to the occasion and battled for the entire 60 minutes. Our goals were to increase our caused turnovers and limit the unforced errors - mission accomplished. Each game we are taking giant steps forward and it's incredibly exciting to see how we are growing our culture and elevating our play."
Centenary (0-2) opened the scoring less than a minute into the game, but junior Kierstan Mullins (Richmond, Va.) answered for Sweet Briar (1-7) with back-to-back goals to put the visitors up 2-1.
The Cyclones answered with Nicole Soriero's second goal of the day, but again the Vixens responded within a minute of Soriero's goal as Lawson (Shipman, Va.) opened up her scoring account for the day to put Sweet Briar up 3-2.
Following Lawson's first goal of the day, the Vixens never looked back as a second Lawson goal put Sweet Briar up 4-2 with 23:22 left in the opening half.
A fifth Sweet Briar goal came with 10:10 left in the half, when Lawson completed her hat trick and with 5:50 remaining, sophomore Hannah Marron (Beaverton, Ore.) scored her first goal of the afternoon to send the Vixens to halftime with a 6-4 lead.
Lawson scored the first two Sweet Briar goals of the second half, including the eventual game winning goal with 23:30 left in regulation to give the Vixens an 8-5 advantage.
Mullins completed her hat trick with 15:37 remaining in regulation on a free position shot, while Lawson's unassisted goal with 15:30 on the clock earned her a double hat trick.
The final Sweet Briar goal came with 57 seconds remaining, when first-year LaLa Martinez (Richmond, Va.) picked up the first assist of her career on the first goal of junior Rosa Bello's (Baltimore, Md.) career.
Lawson finished the day with a game-high six goals, six caused turnovers and eight groundballs, while Martinez snagged six ground balls for Sweet Briar. On the draw, junior Maciel Garcia (Occoquan, Va.) led the Vixens with five draw controls.
In goal, sophomore Sammy Holton (Arbutus, Md.) picked up the first win of her career, while making three saves on the afternoon.
Sweet Briar finished the day with season-highs for goals (11), ground balls (42), draw controls (11) and clearances (16).
The victory, was the first for the Sweet Briar lacrosse program since March 5, 2016, when the Vixens topped Hilbert 12-6.
Sweet Briar returns to the field with a quick turnaround, visiting Bryn Athyn on Sunday with first draw scheduled for noon.