Connecticut College Routs Mount Holyoke

NEW LONDON, Conn.--The Connecticut College women's lacrosse team (3-7) cruised to a 19-2 victory against visiting Mount Holyoke College (3-7) in non-conference action played in New London Tuesday afternoon. Junior Sara Christopher (Andover, Mass.) erupted with four goals and four assists and Ali Iovanella (Mantoloking, N.J.) netted three goals and assisted on two others for the Camels, who scored 10 goals in the opening half of play.

Freshman Ashleigh Kowtoniuk (Johnstown, Pa.) stopped 10 Mount Holyoke shots in the first half en route to her second win of the season. Rachel Nelson (Denver, Colo.) had four saves in one half of perfect shutout relief for the hosts. It was the 19th consecutive victory for the Camels in their longstanding rivalry with the Lyons.

Hope Barone (North Kingstown, R.I.) netted four goals in the offensive uprising. Ali McPherson (Old Lyme, Conn.) chipped in with two goals and one assist. Sophomore Abby Hill (Stoneham, Mass.) accounted for five ground balls, two draw controls and one goal for the Camels.

Mount Holyoke College senior midfielder Ava Gottschall (Amherst, Mass.) netted her 23rd score of the season in the setback. Hilary Bombard (Northampton, Mass.) contributed with a goal for the Lyons. Sophomore net-minder Melissa Hartley (Berthoud, Colo.) had four saves and five ground balls in the contest. Jeanmarie Peterson (Sea Girt, N.J.) provided 21:15 of relief duty for the visitors.

Christopher set the tone early, burying a free position shot 22 seconds into regulation to open the scoring. Bombard answered for the Lyons with a goal at the 28:30 mark to even things up at one. But the Camels responded in a major way, putting together a devastating 7-0 run to break the game wide open. Iovanella put the hosts on top for good with 26:07 remaining. Emily Mason (Wiliamstown, Mass.) pushed the lead to 3-1 with an unassisted marker at 24:27.

Christopher put the offense into motion, weaving her way through the Lyon defense to play a part in the next four goals. Iovanella won a draw control and assisted Christopher for the fourth goal. With 21:12 remaining, Christopher returned the favor, snapping off a pass from behind the cage to Iovanella who finished with the one-timer.

Iovanella scored her third goal of the half on another feed from Christopher with 14:49 remaining. Christopher accounted for the seventh score before Paige Pascarelli (Wayne, Pa.) closed out the run with a goal at 13:35 and the Camels were pulling away from the Lyons with an 8-1 advantage.

Bombard scored with 13:09 remaining to end the drought for the visitors. But the Camels ended the half with goals from Barone and McPherson to carry a 10-2 advantage into the break.

McPherson opened the second half with a goal at 24:36 and the Camels continued to pull away from the Lyons in the 19-2 win.

2009-04-08



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