Colby-Sawyer Downs UNE in TCCC Action

BIDDEFORD, Maine -- Junior Brittney Murphy (Woburn, Mass.) scored five goals and dished out three assists as Colby-Sawyer defeated the University of New England by a score of 16-10 on Saturday afternoon in The Commonwealth Coast Conference action at the Big Blue Turf.

With the victory, the Chargers even their overall record at 7-7 while climbing over the .500 mark in conference play to a 5-4 ledger. UNE falls to 4-10 overall, 3-7 in TCCC matches.

Colby-Sawyer led from start-to-finish, notching five consecutive tallies in the opening 13 minutes to assume control. Senior Samantha Draper (Duxbury, Mass.) and junior Molly Prudden (Andover, Mass.) each scored twice to aid the Chargers in their quick start.

A pair of goals by first-year Hannah Tavella (Putnam Valley, N.Y.) steadied the Nor'easters before the two squads swapped scores the remainder of the first frame as the visitors assumed an 8-5 cushion at the break.

Murphy sandwiched a pair of markers around a goal by UNE senior Danielle Cate (Boscawen, N.H.) in the early stages of the second to push Colby-Sawyer's advantage to four (10-6). The Nor'easters would get no closer the rest of the way.

Murphy had a pair of free-position goals for the Chargers, who converted 5 of 10 of their opportunities. Draper finished with four goals while Prudden and sophomore Laurel Bauer (Bradford, N.H.) added three apiece. Bauer also chipped in a match-best six draw controls.

Tavella had three goals to lead the Nor'easters' attack. Cate and junior Jessy Dvorak (Windsor, Conn.) each scored twice. Dvorak led all players with six ground balls.

Cate also recorded an assist on a UNE goal late in the second half, marking the 150th point of her career. The milestone moves her past Ruth Ness '05 into second place in the category all-time.

Colby-Sawyer nearly doubled-up Big Blue in shots (39-20), but the remainder of the stat sheet was relatively even with UNE holding a slight advantage in ground balls (22-19) and both teams coming up with 14 draws.

Sophomore Liz Malenfant (Siasconset, Mass.) had seven saves to record the victory in goal, while UNE first-year Samantha St. Pierre (Mechanic Falls, Maine) also stopped seven shots.

The Chargers return to action Wednesday when they host Western New England College for a 4:00 p.m. contest. UNE heads to Lewiston tomorrow to take on No. 19 Bates College (1:00 p.m.).


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