SWEET BRIAR, Va. — For the first time since the 2013 season, the Sweet Briar lacrosse team hung a 20 on the scoreboard, topping the visiting Franklin Grizzlies 20-6 at Babcock Field on Sunday afternoon.
"We opened up our season finale three-game home stand with an incredible team win — everyone contributed, rallied around each other and pulled off a major victory for our growing program," said Sweet Briar head coach Meredith Newman. "Our focus has been on establishing control from the first whistle and maintaining our confidence, while playing our style and working the system, today we found a new gear and jumped to the next level."
The Vixens (2-9) turned on the scoring with 26:41 left in the opening period when junior Victoria Lawson (Shipman, Va.) scored her first of the day. Junior Kierstan Mullins (Richmond, Va.) snagged her opening goal at 20:58, putting the Vixens up 2-0 early.
Lawson struck for her second of the day, via a free position opportunity, with 19:49 left in the first.
Back-to-back Franklin goals, were followed by Lawson completing her hat trick at 14:23.
Mullins completed her hat trick with back-to-back tallies, before Lawson netted the eventual game-winning goal at 12:01.
Junior Rosa Bello joined Lawson and Mullins in first-half scoring, with the halftime score line showing a 13-4 advantage in Sweet Briar's favor.
Five Vixens combined for seven goals in the second period, with Mullins being joined in the second-half scoring column by: first-year Sarah Schindler (Charlotte, N.C.), sophomore Hannah Marron (Beaverton, Ore.), sophomore Caylin Newman (Bedford, Va.) and junior Maciel Garcia (Occoquan, Va.).
Mullins wrapped-up the day with seven goals, while Lawson struck for six. Garcia and Newman both finished the day with a pair of goals, while Schindler, Bello and Marron scored one each.
Lawson picked up an assist, while also finishing with a team-high five draw controls. Marron led the Vixens with four ground balls, while first-year LaLa Martinez (Richmond, Va.) forced a game-high five turnovers.
In goal, sophomore Sammy Holton (Arbutus, Md.) recorded seven saves, while posting a season-high save percentage of 53.8-percent.
As a team, the Vixens recorded season-best marks for: goals (20), points (21), caused turnovers (23), shots (41) and shots on goal (31). Sweet Briar was a perfect 15-15 in clearances and matched a season-high 11 draw controls.
The Vixens' 20 goal outpouring matches two 20-goal showings from the 2013 season and was one goal short of a 21-goal result as the Vixens topped Trinity Washington 21-2 on March 12, 2012. Sunday's 14 goal margin, was the largest margin of victory for the Vixens since an 18-goal victory over Hollins on April 13, 2013.
"As we continue to evolve I continue to be impressed with the confidence, courage and grit this team displays, and beyond that, their love for each other and the game of lacrosse," Newman added. "Can't wait for the next one. Up, Up Sweet!"
Sweet Briar continues its season-ending homestand on Wednesday, March 27, by hosting St. Andrews at 3:30 p.m.