Second-half surge pushes No. 7 New Haven to 12-11 victory
BROOKHAVEN, N.Y. -- New Haven rebounded from a four-goal halftime deficit and defeated Dowling 12-11 Wednesday afternoon in a non-conference battle in Long Island. Kathryn Campbell scored the Chargers go-ahead goal with one minute left to lead UNH to its seventh consecutive win.
The Chargers move to 7-0 on the season, while the Golden Lions drop to 6-2 overall. New Haven's seven-game winning streak to open the season ties the second best mark from 2012 and is two behind the program's best start of 9-0 in 2009.
Campbell scored two goals, including the game-winner, while adding six ground balls, four draw controls and four caused turnovers. Sophomore Courtney Ackland led the game with five goals and added one assist. Corinne Fisher scored the Chargers game-tying goal at the 4:08 mark and finished with two goals and two assists. Senior Nicole McKee added two goals, one assist and matched a team-high four draw controls. Marissa Fisher rounded out the scoring with one goal in the non-conference victory.
New Haven once again held an advantage in draw controls, leading the Golden Lions 13-11. The Chargers led 26-23 in ground balls and 26-23 in ground balls, while Dowling led in shots (26-23) and clears (12-11).
Dowling controlled a majority of the game and scored the game's first four points. McKee, Corinne Fisher and Marissa Fisher each scored over a seven-minute stretch and narrowed the gap to one at the 8:41 mark of the first half. The Golden Lions then responded with another trio of unanswered goals to finish the half ahead 7-3.
Ackland netted the first three goals of the second half and brought UNH back within one just 2:42 into the half. The Chargers and Golden Lions exchanged the game's next six goals in the next seven minutes. At the 12:30 mark, Ackland scored her fifth goal of the half and evened the score at 10-10. Three minutes later, Dowling regained the lead with a Katie Meinecke score. The final two goals of the game came from Corinne Fisher and Campbell in the closing five minutes.