Connecticut College 7, Skidmore College 5 Dalpe, Defense, Stand Tall for Camels in Sunshine State Triumph
CLERMONT, Fla.--(Photo of Lowell Abbott '14 Shot by Matt Risley) --Sophomore Allisa Dalpe (East Falmouth, Mass.) made 11 saves to lead the Connecticut College women's lacrosse team to a 7-5 victory against Skidmore College at the National Training Center in Clermont Thursday.
The Camels evened their record at 2-2 with the victory, while the Thoroughbreds slipped to 1-3 with the loss.
Tina Balzotti (Duxbury, Mass.) contributed two goals and an assist for the winning side. Cecily Cushman (Marblehead, Mass.) scored twice for the Camels. Charlotte McAuley (Summit, N.J.) added a goal and an assist for the winning side.
Taylor Thomas (Needham, Mass.) and Hannah Donegan (Great Falls, Va.) chipped in with scores for Connecticut College in the triumph. Thomas posted a team-best three ground balls while Caroline Moore (Ridgewood, N.J.) finished with two.
Junior midfielder Spencer Morgan (Ridgewood, N.J.) scored twice to lead the Thoroughbreds in the setback. Tyler Phillips (Marblehead, Mass.), Brittney Dioneda (St. Louis, Mo.) and Krista Lamoreaux (Avon, Conn.) all contributed with goals for Skidmore.
Lamoreaux corralled three ground balls while Phillips and Peggy Healy (Northborough, Mass.) finished with two.
Sophomore Emma Harris (Mountain Lakes, N.J.) made four saves in the cage for Skidmore.
The Thoroughbreds held a 24-to-15 advantage in shots while the ground ball battle was much closer with Skidmore holding a slim 12-to-11 advantage.
Skidmore took a 2-1 lead with 16:31 remaining in the first half when Morgan scored on an assist from Healy.
But Cushman sparked the Camels on a 4-to-0 run at the end of the half that put Connecticut College on top for good.
After Donegan tied the game at two with 13:25 remaining, Cushman buried a free position shot to put the Camels on top 3-2 with 7:20 to play. Balzotti scored next with 4:56 remaining before Cushman closed out the first stanza with a buzzer beating shot that vaulted the Camels out to 5-2 advantage at the intermission.
However, Skidmore stormed back by scoring three of the first four goals in the second half. Morgan's second goal of the day pulled the Thoroughbreds to within a goal, making it a 6-5 game with 11:54 remaining.
But Dalpe and the Camels were able to keep the Thoroughbreds off the scoreboard for the duration of play.
Balzotti tacked on a critical insurance goal with 17 seconds left and the Camels were able to hold on for the 7-5 win.