March 30, 2013

Super Chargers: No. 14 New Haven Stuns No. 8 Bentley

from press release

WEST HAVEN, Conn. - Led by an eight-point performance by Natalie Lieberman (Manorville, N.Y./Eastport South Manor), the nationally ranked No. 14 University of New Haven women's lacrosse team defeated visiting Bentley University 15-4 Saturday afternoon at Kayo Field. The senior scored five goals, handed out three assists and grabbed six draw controls to lead UNH to the 11-point victory.

New Haven improved to 4-4 overall and 2-1 in the Northeast-10 Conference with the victory. The Falcons dropped to 4-3 overall and 2-1 in NE-10 play with the loss.

The Chargers opened Saturday's game with a strong 5-0 surge to open the game. Just over one minute in, Nicole McKee (Wantagh, N.Y./MacArthur) started the scoring spree with her 25th goal of the season off a pass by Lieberman. The Manorville, N.Y. native then scored a pair of her own to lift New Haven to a 3-0 just over five minutes into the opening half. Kathryn Campbell (Mansfield, Mass./Mansfield) and McKee added one more apiece and New Haven went ahead 5-0 at the 21:35 mark. The Chargers lead was due in large part to winning three of the first five draws and midfield pressure on the Falcons.

The Falcons scored their first goal at the 12:33 mark, but Lieberman spearheaded another three straight for New Haven to take an 8-1 lead with 4:10 left in the first half. Bentley added one more before the break and cut the lead to six at halftime.

After halftime, Bentley won the opening draw and immediately took it to goal. Carolyn Kynoch her second of the game and brought the Falcons within five, 8-3. The Charger's then took over, winning seven of the final nine draw controls and holding possession in the offensive zone. During the stretch, Lieberman added two more goals to her total and five others netted one goal apiece. Lieberman received a pass from Kristina Curry (East Meadow, N.Y./East Meadow) right in front of the net and scored her 21st goal of the season with 4:21 left in regulation to give the Chargers a 15-3 lead. Bentley scored its final goal with 1:18 left and the Chargers sealed an 11-point victory at Kayo Field.

The Chargers' defense played strong in the win as well. UNH allowed just 13 shots, picked up 24 ground balls and Bentley was successful on just 7-of-15 clear attempts. In goal, Marissa McDermott (Longmeadow, Mass./Wilbraham & Monson Academy) earned her second win of the season with five saves.

McKee and Campbell each scored four points in the win. McKee scored four goals, while Campbell scored three and assisted on another. Curry scored one and handed out two. Courtney Ackland (Perth, Western Australia/Churchlands) and Marissa Fisher (Jackson, N.J./Jackson Memorial) eached scored one and assisted on another for UNH.

New Haven returns to action on Wednesday, April 3 when it hosts nationally ranked Le Moyne at Kayo Field. Game time against the Dolphins is set for 4 p.m.

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