Dores Blast Past Monarchs

Vanderbilt scores season-high 20 goals in road win

NORFOLK, Va. – Vanderbilt used a 9-0 run in the first half Saturday to take down Old Dominion 20-9 at L.R. Hill Sports Complex.

The Commodore offense was fueled by Gabby Fornia’s six points on one goal and five assists and Maddie Souza’s five-goal performance. The Commodores saw 12 different players score.

Vanderbilt took an early lead and never turned back. Souza opened the scoring two minutes into the game off an assist from Melissa Hawkins. Goals by Callie Sundin and Megan Graziano pushed Vanderbilt’s lead to 3-1 in the closing minutes of the first period.

With just 15 seconds remaining in the first, Paige Gunning made a nice save and launched the ball towards midfield where an open Ellie Hilsabeck caught the pass and turned towards goal. Hilsabeck found an open Kemper Robinson and Robinson beat both the clock and the keeper to put the Dores in front 4-1.

Vanderbilt maintained momentum in the second period and opened things up with a 6-0 run in the first half of the quarter. A Nancy Halleron goal with 20 seconds left in the first half made it a 14-4 game and cued the running clock.

The scoring pace slowed in the third quarter as the clock continued to run. Maddie Souza recorded her fifth goal of the game and Kemper Robinson tallied her first career hat trick as Vanderbilt led Old Dominion 18-6 through three quarter.

Vanderbilt reached the 20-goal mark for the first time this season on a Cate Bradley goal with a little under six minutes remaining.

The Monarchs outscored the Commodores 3-2 in the period, but Vanderbilt (9-6, 2-2 AAC) left Norfolk with a 20-9 victory.

Vanderbilt closes out the regular season Saturday at home against Cincinnati. First draw is set for noon with Senior Day ceremonies beginning at 11:40 a.m.