March 16, 2013

No. 19 Christopher Newport Sinks Ferrum 13-8

from press release

FERRUM, Va. --- Elena Obregon and Ashton Marshall each collected a team-high four points, while Lauren King scored three times as the No. 19 Christopher Newport women's lacrosse team extended its winning streak to seven after surviving a hard-fought battle against Ferrum, 13-8, on Saturday afternoon at Penn-Roediger Field.

Continuing her spectacular freshman campaign, Obregon came through with two goals and a pair of assists for CNU. Marshall also added four goals, while King and Jessica Singer each chipped in with three points to help pace the offensive attack.

The win bumps the Captains to 7-1 on the year, while the setback drops Ferrum to 6-3. Overall, Christopher Newport also extended its regular season USA South winning streak to 37, marking the second-longest in-conference roll in the nation. Currently, only Salisbury's run of 87 straight wins in the Capital Athletic Conference is longer than the Captains' string of dominance.

Although CNU pulled out the victory, Ferrum kept it close from the outset. Christopher Newport struck first after unleashing a relentless assault on the Panther defense. Despite two early saves by Amanda Cheney, Obregon eventually found an opening with a dart less than five minutes into regulation. Shortly thereafter, she tacked on her second score after capitalizing on an assist by Singer.

Clicking early, the CNU attack struck again less than a minute later. After Rachel Tomlinson secured the ensuing draw, Marshall extended the visitors' lead to 3-0 with a bullet to the back of the net at 22:10.

Staring at a three-goal deficit, the hosts responded. Although Hanna Slough stoned back-to-back shots by the Panthers, including a free-position attempt, Brooke Hewartson got things rolling for Ferrum. During a 35-second surge, the senior scored two straight goals, including one set-up by her sister, Sydney.

With their lead down to one, the Captains turned to King, who quickly doubled their advantage with an assist from Becca Geist at 12:11. Following a goal by Ferrum two minutes later, the game's frenzied pace settled down until just prior to halftime when Grace Valentine got on the board for the Captains before the Hewartson sisters teamed up again to pull the hosts within one at 5-4.

Following the break, the seesaw battle continued early in the second half. Just over 30 seconds into the period, Obregon dished to Tomlinson, who blistered a rocket through the Ferrum defense. Later, after Cheney made three straight stops for the Panthers, the Hewartsons joined forces once again at 24:24 to bring FC back within one at 6-5.

Continuing to trade blows, Singer got on the board for CNU before Sydney Hewartson retaliated with her second score of the game at 21:26. From there, the defenses took hold of the action. Geist and Caitlin Osbourne each forced turnovers for Christopher Newport, while Cheney shut down a pair of shots by the Captains during a scoreless stretch in the middle of the second half.

Despite the momentary drought, the Captain attack continued to probe the Ferrum defense before exploding with a three-goal onslaught. Singer kicked things off with a goal at 14:43 before Rachel Wall helped set up a laser by King, which put the squad up, 9-6. Just over a minute later, Marshall capped off the streak with help from Obregon to give the visitors a nice four-goal cushion.

Refusing to give up, the Panthers made things interesting after Lauren Blankenship and Angelyn Brown scored two straight goals during a 26-second window with just over 10 minutes remaining in the half. Later, the squad earned a pair of free position shots, but CNU weathered the storm after Ferrum's first attempt ricocheted off the post before Slough brushed aside the second one.

Needing a little more breathing room, the Captains finally put the game away late in the half. Geist assisted on Marshall's third goal of the game at 5:27 before King capped off her hat-trick less than three minutes later. Back up by four, CNU added one last score for good measure as Marshall wrapped up the scoring with a tracer following a pass by Valentine just before the clock expired.

During the game, CNU out-shot Ferrum, 32-19, but Cheney finished with a game-high 12 saves for the Panthers. The Captains also held a 24-8 edge in ground balls and a 14-8 lead in draw controls.

Christopher Newport will return to action tomorrow when the squad travels to Greensboro for another conference road tilt beginning at 1 p.m.

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