First Half 'Fords Hold Off Devil Women

Carlisle, Pa.) Dickinson College played even with visiting Haverford in the second half, but could not overcome a 3-0 deficit from the first, falling 7-4 on Saturday afternoon.

Haverford pulled in front 3-0 in a relatively uneventful first half. Perrin Downing put the 'Fords on the board at the 26:42 mark, while Josie Ferri and Kayleigh Herrick-Reynolds scored unassisted at 21:28 and 10:09, respectively.

Herrick-Reynolds struck again just four minutes into the second half to stretch the lead to 4-0. Junior Taryn Abbassian (Vernon Hills, Ill./Vernon Hills) put the Devils in the board, scoring off an assist from sophomore Linzi Burstein (Alexandria, Va./T.C. Williams) just 36 seconds later.

Haverford converted a free position with 20:31 to play before the Devils tallied back-to-back goals to cut the margin to 5-3. Burstein finished a fast-break, scoring off an assist from classmate Kara Glazer (Towson, Md./Towson) at the 19:45 mark. Abbassian found the net again with 17:51 to play with her second of the game.

Grace Stockbower scored off an assist from Ferri but Abbassian answered again to keep the 'Fords in striking distance with a free position goal with 10:30 to play in regulation.

The 'Fords were able to hold off the Devils as they continued to pressure on defense and force turnovers. Alexa Pesce tacked on an insurance goal with 2:15 remaining for the final of 7-4.

Leah Hammerschlag made five saves in goal for Haverford (7-3, 3-1).

Abbassian led the Red Devils with three goals while Burstein finished with a goal and an assist. Jessie Clark (Devon, Pa./Conestoga) made four saves and controlled four turnovers. She added a pair of interceptions on the day as well.

The Red Devils slip to 4-8 overall and 1-3 in the Centennial Conference. They travel to Washington College next Saturday for a 1:00 pm match-up with the Shorewomen.

2011-04-03



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