April 20, 2013

New Haven Clinches Northeast-10 Playoff Spot

from press release

MANCHESTER, N.H. – The No. 14 University of New Haven women's lacrosse team downed host Southern New Hampshire, 22-11, on Saturday afternoon to clinch its fifth consecutive trip to the Northeast-10 Conference Championship. The Chargers got five goals apiece from Nicole McKee (Wantagh, N.Y./MacArthur) and Natalie Lieberman(Manorville, N.Y./Eastport South Manor) in the road win.

The Chargers improve to 9-6 overall and 7-3 in the Northeast-10 Conference. New Haven controls its own destiny to finish as high as fifth place in the NE-10 standings and can climb into fourth place – which entails a home game in the NE-10 Quarterfinals – with wins in its final two regular season games coupled with at least one Bentley loss. The host Penmen fall to 5-10 with a 4-6 conference mark.

In addition to her five goals, Lieberman had two assists to round out a seven-point day. Kristina Curry (East Meadow, N.Y./East Meadow) netted four goals and an assist, andKathryn Campbell (Mansfield, Mass./Mansfield) complemented a hat trick of her own with a game-best three helpers. Courtney Ackland (Perth, Western Australia/Churchlands)and Marissa Fisher (Jackson, N.J./Jackson Memorial) added two tallies apiece and Maya Szymanski (Framingham, Mass./Framingham) found the back of the net once to round out the scoring. Ackland and Szymanski each had an assist as well.

In the transition game, Campbell won seven draw controls and Lieberman picked up five. Twelve different Chargers scooped up on groundball apiece.

A trio of goalkeepers contributed to the victory. Marissa McDermott (Longmeadow, Mass./Wilbraham & Monson Academy) started and played the entire first half to earn the win, improving to 7-2. The freshman netminder turned away three shots. Alyssa Gianotti (Monkton, Md./Hereford) turned away eight shots throughout the first 26:26 of the second period, and Sharon Strain (Armonk, N.Y./Byram Hills) did not face a shot over the game's final 3:34.

The Chargers led for nearly the entire game, with McKee opening up the scoring just 23 seconds in. New Haven scored the first three goals of the afternoon and never looked back. The Blue and Gold took a 14-7 advantage into the intermission, and the margin never shrank closer than five in the second period of a 22-11 victory.

Today's game concluded the regular season road schedule for New Haven. The Chargers return to Kayo Field this week to host American International on Tuesday at 4 p.m. and entertain Saint Michael's to cap the regular season on Saturday at 1 p.m. The 2013 Northeast-10 Conference Championship is slated to begin on Wednesday, May 1.

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