May 9, 2009

Courtesy of New Haven

(05-09-09) BROOKVILLE, N.Y. - The University of New Haven women's lacrosse team fell to C.W. Post, 16-7, in the first round of the NCAA Division II tournament on Saturday afternoon. The Chargers end their 2009 season with a 16-4 overall record, while the Pioneers improve to 16-2 overall and advance to the national semifinal in Salem, Virginia.

The Pioneers got off to a quick start, scoring three goals in the first four minutes of the game. New Haven had opportunities to score early but could not capitalize on a pair of free-position attempts. With the score 4-0 C.W. Post, it appeared that senior Brigid Brady put the Chargers on the board but the goal was called off for a crease violation.

C.W. Post added four more unanswered goals to go ahead 8-0 before New Haven scored its first goal of the day when Sarah LeGoff found Sarah Magnone cutting through the middle of the defense, and Magnone put in the ball in the back of the net to make the score 8-1 with 3:28 remaining in the first half.

Following a C.W. Post goal, the Chargers scored a pair of goals in the closing two minutes of the half to make the deficit 9-3 at the break.

The Pioneers opened the scoring in the second half, but New Haven answered less than two minutes with a free-position goal by Brianna Kenworthy to make the score 10-4 early in the second period.

Over the next fifteen minutes, the Pioneers extended their lead to 15-6 after controlling the ball for much of the half. Mallory Ferrandiz added a late goal for the Chargers before C.W. Post rounded out the scoring for the nine-point victory.

The Chargers were led by Kenworthy who had two goals and five draw controls and Magnone who finished with two goals and three draw controls. Maureen Spellman recorded 13 saves, nine in the second half, in goal for New Haven and took just her fourth loss of the season.

New Haven finishes the 2009 season with a program-record 16 victories after capturing the Northeast-10 Conference title in its first season in the conference.