April 2, 2014

McKee, No. 6 New Haven Trip No. 4 Le Moyne

from press release

SYRACUSE, N.Y. - Nicole McKee (Wantagh, N.Y./MacArthur) scored the game-winning goal with 19 seconds left to lead the nationally ranked No. 6 University of New Haven women's lacrosse team to an 11-10 victory at No. 4 Le Moyne Wednesday afternoon. After trailing by four at halftime, the Chargers outscored the Dolphins 9-4 in the second half to stay undefeated on the season.

New Haven moves to 9-0 on the season, matching its best start in program history and the longest winning streak at UNH. The Chargers also matched their best conference start, now standing at 5-0. With the loss, the Dolphins drop to 7-2 overall and 4-1 in the NE-10.

McKee totaled three goals, a game-high seven draw controls and two ground balls in the win. Junior Kathryn Campbell (Mansfield, Mass./Mansfield) added a game-high four goals, two assists, five draw controls and one caused turnover. Courtney Ackland (Perth, Western Australia/Churchlands) scored two goals and one assist, while Brittany Ast (Glenwood, N.J./Vernon Township) and Corinne Fisher (Jackson, N.J./Jackson Memorial) each netted one goal. Nicole Belanger (Kinnelon, N.J./Kinnelon) contributed one assist. In goal, Alyssa Gianotti (Monkton, Md./Hereford) earned her eighth win of the season with seven saves.

New Haven held the upper hand in the circle Wednesday, winning 14-of-23 draw controls. The Chargers also led in shots (28-21), but trailed in ground balls (16-13) and turned the ball over three more times (13-10). Both team attempted six free-position shots with UNH scoring one and the Dolphins netting two.

After nearly eight scoreless minutes, Le Moyne opened the game with the first two goals in unassisted fashion. Corinne Fisher scored her 13th of the season to bring the score to 2-1 at the 12:03 mark, but the Dolphins continued to improve their lead. Another two Le Moyne goals put the Chargers behind 4-1 with 8:41 left in the first half. Campbell scored her 22nd of the year over four minutes later, but the Dolphins scored two more in the final 25 seconds. Amari Pollard netted her second of the game and 11th of the season with 23 second remaining and after winning the next draw, the Dolphins scored their sixth of the half with six ticks left.

Trying to battle back from a four-goal halftime deficit, New Haven exploded with the first five points of the second half. Campbell and Ackland combined for four, while McKee added the fifth. Campbell evened the game at 6-6 at the 26:08 mark, while Ackland gave the Chargers their first lead at 22:46. The Chargers and Dolphins then began back-and-forth scoring over the final 20 minutes of the contest. The game was tied four different times and the Chargers regained the lead four different times. Campbell gave UNH an 8-7 lead, Ast gave the Chargers a 9-8 lead and McKee gave New Haven a 10-9 advantage with 9:06 on the clock. Le Moyne's Victoria Nies evened the game at 10-10 with 7:11 left in the second stanza, a score that held for nearly seven minutes.

All knotted at 10, Le Moyne tallied two free position attempts to take the lead. Gianotti made the save at the 2:13 mark after the first attempt sailed wide left. After a Le Moyne foul forced a turnover, the Chargers held possession for nearly two minutes until Campbell found McKee who scored her 27th goal of the season. McKee also won the ensuing draw control and the Chargers held on as time expired.

The win marked New Haven's third win over a nationally ranked team this season.

No. 6 New Haven returns to action on Saturday, April 5 when Saint Anselm travels to Kayo Field for another NE-10 showdown. Both teams will enter the contest undefeated and look to stay alive in the NE-10 Championship conversation. The opening draw is set for 1 p.m.

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