NEW HAVEN, Conn. — No. 9 New Haven defeated Southern Connecticut 19-6 Monday afternoon at Jess Dow Field. The Chargers improved to 6-0 on the year and 4-0 in the Northeast-10 Conference with the win. The Owls fell to 1-6 overall and 0-5 in conference play.
Senior Alexis Gabbe led the Chargers with four goals and one assist, while Natalie Lieberman, Kristina Curry and Marissa Fisher each chipped in three scores.
New Haven opened the first 11 minutes with an 8-0 run, including three goals by Gabbe and two goals by Lieberman. Southern Connecticut got on the board at the 18:25 mark with an unassisted goal. The Chargers improved their lead to 10 points off a goal by Curry, assisted by Kathryn Campbell, with 10:23 left in the first half. The teams exchanged a pair of goals in a four minute stretch and the Chargers led 13-3 with 3:23 left. Daina Catanese scored her first collegiate goal with 15-second left in the first half to give the Chargers a 14-3 lead at halftime.
Campbell scored the first goal of the second half to put UNH up 15-3, but SCSU rallied with three consecutive goals to bring the score within nine, 15-6. The Chargers answered with the final four goals of the game in the final 11 minutes and sealed a 13-point victory.
The Chargers out-shot the Owls 29-10 and led 24-21 in ground balls. The Chargers also led 16-11 in draw controls. New Haven successfully cleared the ball 12-of-14 times and was successful on 2-of-4 free position attempts.
In goal, Maureen Spellman earned her sixth win of the season and tallied four saves. Sharon Strain also saw time in goal for the first time this season, in the final six minutes.