WATERTOWN, Mass. - Hornets seniors Mikayla Hodge (Newbury, Vt.) and Taylor Cavaliero (Somers, N.Y.) each scored five goals on the afternoon as the Lyndon State Hornets defeated the Newbury Nighthawks on Thursday at Victory Field on Opening Day for both teams.
Hodge added two assists and eight draw controls. Junior Danielle Kuiper (Moretown, Vt.) recorded a hat trick on three shots. Senior Elizabeth Start (Randolph, Vt.) recorded two goals, four ground balls, six draw controls, and two caused turnovers.
Nighthawks freshman Venezia Delgadillo (Sharon, Mass.) tied a program record for goals in a game, scoring four goals on nine shots. Delgadillo also finished with three ground balls. Sophomore Kyliene Phillips (Schenectady, N.Y.) and freshmen Sophia Kiasi (Yorba Linda, Calif.) and Hannah Gorham (Lyman, Maine) also scored for the Nighthawks.
The Nighthawks jumped out to the lead early, scoring three straight in the opening 7:42 to lead 3-0.
Lyndon State responded quickly and swiftly, scoring the next 10 goals to lead 10-3. The Hornets got three goals from Cavaliero and a pair from Hodge in the 10-goal run.
Hodge finished the half with four goals, leading the Hornets to a 13-5 halftime lead.
The Hornets went on to outscore the Nighthawks 4-2 in the second half on the way to a 17-7 win to open the season.
The seven goals are the most in a game in Nighthawks program history.
Hornets freshman goalie Paige Daley (Pleasant Valley, Vt.) picked up her first career win, making six saves. Nighthawks sophomore goalie Keely Molloy (Staten Island, N.Y.) picked up the loss, making 10 saves on the afternoon.
The Nighthawks are back in action next Tuesday as they travel to Curry College for a 6:00 p.m. match.