NEW PALTZ, NY- The SUNY New Paltz women’s lacrosse team completed their first full season of competition in five years and finished with a 2-13 overall record and 0-9 in the SUNYAC. Sophomore Brittany Bennett led the team in goals (31) and points (35) and freshman Kim Hall led the team in assists with 12.
Brittany Bennett tied the single season record with 31 goals, was first all-time in a season with 44 draw controls won, third in a season with four assists and second all-time in points with 35. Kim Hall broke the season record of four assists with 12 in 2009. Sam DelGaudio finished with five assists which was second all-time in a season and sixth all-time in goals with 28.
The Hawks opened against Mount Saint Vincent in Florida and fell to the Dolphins 16-7. Sam DelGaudio netted four goals and Brittany Bennett netted three as Kim Hall assisted on three of the seven goals for the Hawks. The next day the Hawks played against fellow SUNYAC opponent Morrisville in a non-conference battle. The Mustangs were able to hold off the Hawks 10-7. The Hawks fell behind 8-1, but outscored the Mustangs 6-2 in the final 12:27. Their final game in Florida came against Polytechnic of NYU. The Hawks shut out Polytech 14-0 and Lorraine Vultaggio was one of two goals to have a shut out in the conference this year.
The Hawks won their second straight on the road against Ramapo College as the Hawks outscored Ramapo 9-2 in the first half for the 12-7 victory. Brittany Bennett netted four goals in the win and Julia Donato netted a career high three goals.
The first home game for the Hawks was against Manhattanville. The late run by the Hawks was cut short as they fell 14-10 to the Valiant’s. DelGaudio and Donato each netted three goals apiece for the Hawks.
The first of four straight conference games on the road came against Morrisville in a very cold and wet field condition. The Hawks held a 5-2 advantage at the half, but the field conditions became worse as the game went on and the Mustangs were able to outscore the Hawks 10-4 in the second half for the 12-9 win. The road trip continued with losses to Geneseo (19-0), Potsdam (12-2) and Brockport (20-10).
The Hawks returned home to take on 15th nationally ranked Cortland, part of a five-game home stand. The Red Dragons defeated the Hawks 19-3 followed by a 21-6 defeat from regular season SUNYAC Champion Buffalo State. The Lakers from Oswego defeated the Hawks 18-9 then cross town rival Vassar beat the Hawks 15-5. The last home game of the year was a 16-5 defeat from Fredonia.
Oneonta defeated the Hawks 23-1 in the final game of the season and the Hawks finished 2-13 overall and 0-9 in the conference.