March 28, 2012

No. 7 New Haven Stuns No. 3 C.W. Post

from press release

- The nationally ranked No. 7 University of New Haven women's lacrosse team defeated nationally ranked No. 3 C.W. Post 18-17 in overtime Wednesday afternoon at Kayo Field. The Chargers win over C.W. Post is the first in the program's 12-year history. New Haven improved to 7-0 on the season, while the Pioneers dropped to 4-1 on the season.

The game featured numerous momentum changes and regulation ended in a 15-15 tie. After scoring the first two goals of the six-minute overtime period, the Chargers rallied to score the game's final three goals and their first-ever victory over the Pioneers.

The Pioneers opened scoring, just 32-seconds into the first half. New Haven answered with three straight, including two from Sarah Magnone (Yardley, Pa./Villa Joseph Marie). The team's exchanged goals and brought the score to 4-2 with 19:25 left in the first half. Ashley Ferrandiz (West Sayville, N.Y./Sayville) fed Magnone for the Chargers fifth goal at the 18:29 mark to put UNH ahead 5-2. The Pioneers then took control and momentum back over the course of the next 12 minutes. C.W. Post rattled off seven unanswered goals, including five-straight from Ashley Olen. She scored her fifth goal with 4:12 left in the first half to give the Pioneers a 9-5 lead. Magnone and Ferrandiz combined for a pair of Charger goals in the final four minutes to bring the score within two at halftime, 9-7.

The Chargers evened the score in the first four minutes of the second half. C.W. Post regained the lead with two-straight, but New Haven answered once again. Alexis Gabbe (Malverne, N.Y./Malverne) sparked a 3-0 run for the Chargers and she assisted on the Chargers' 12th goal to give them a 12-11 lead with just under 14 minutes remaining. Just seconds later, the Pioneers evened the score at 12-12 and one minute later regained the lead, 13-12. Magnone and Ferrandiz connected again with 10:47 left to even the score at 13-13. The Chargers and Pioneers exchanged goals through the end of regulation to force extra time. The Pioneers' final goal of the second half tied the game with seven-seconds left in regulation.

C.W. Post won back-to-back draws and scored two straight goals to open overtime. The Chargers rebounded just before the teams exchanged ends of the field with a free position goal from Ferrandiz. With just under two minutes left in overtime, Ferrandiz dished out her fourth assist of the game to Natalie Lieberman (Manorville, N.Y./Eastport South Manor). With 55-seconds left in regulation, Ferrandiz again passed the ball to Kathryn Campbell (Mansfield, Mass./Mansfield) who netted the game-winning goal.

New Haven was led by Ashley Ferrandiz (West Sayville, N.Y./Sayville) with nine total points off four goals and five assists. The individual performance tied the UNH record, which she previously set in 2009, for points in a single game. Sarah Magnone (Yardley, Pa./Villa Joseph Marie) chipped in with six goals and Alexis Gabbe (Malverne, N.Y./Malverne) tabbed four goals and two assists. In goal, New Haven's Maureen Spellman (Trumbull, Conn./St. Joseph) registered a career day with 18 saves. The senior also led the team with seven ground balls and three caused turnovers. She also intercepted a C.W. Post pass with 1:44 left in overtime, leading to the Chargers' game-winning goal.

No. 7 New Haven returns to action on Saturday, March 31 when it hosts No. 6 Stonehill College in another match-up of top 10 teams. The opening draw is set for 1 p.m. at Kayo Field.

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