Western New England Downs Nichols in TCCC Quarterfinals

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. - Freshman midfielder Kelsey Daniels (South Windsor, CT) had five goals and senior attacker Jeanmarie Barbato (Huntington Station, NY) scored three times as top-seeded Western New England defeated Nichols 15-8 in quarterfinal contest of the TCCC championship on Saturday (Apr. 30).

Each player also had an assist to help the Golden Bears improve their record to 14-4.

Western New England advances to the semifinals against fifth-seeded Gordon (a 23-13 winner over fourth-seeded Roger Williams) next Wednesday (May 4).

Nichols started strong taking a 1-0 lead on a goal by freshman attacker Melanie Chhouy (Pepperell, MA) at 24:41 before the Golden Bears netted a pair of goals in 66 seconds by Daniels and senior attacker Nicole Squadrito (Ellington, CT) with 22:32 left in the half.

The teams traded goals twice before the Bison knotted the score at 4-4 when freshman attacker Toni Minelli (Newington, CT) fired in a shot at the 3:03 mark.

The game turned around completely when Western New England scored four times (two goals each by Daniels and Barbato) in the final 2:03 to take an 8-4 lead at the break.

Western New England put the game away by scoring the first six goals of the second half to cap a 10-0 run and take a commanding 14-4 lead on Barbato's final score with 11:40 remaining in the game.

Junior midfielder Katie Toomy (Northborough, MA) added a pair of goals while junior midfielder Liz McRoberts (Bourne, MA) had a goal and two assists for the Golden Bears. Freshmen midfielders Shelby Trebbe (Wilbraham, MA) and Shauna Murray (Queensbury, NY) each contributed a goal and assist. Freshman midfielder Kelsey Sherman (Buchanan, NY) had the team's final goal.

Daniels also added seven caused turnovers and four draw controls. Junior attacker Andrea Almeida (Newington, CT) picked-up a team high five ground balls while junior defender Veronica Miano (Southington, CT) chipped-in with four caused turnovers and three ground balls. Senior defender Nicole Poli (Medfield, MA) had four ground balls and three caused turnovers.

Senior goalie Erin Doherty (Westford, MA) had five saves in almost 35 minutes in gaining her second victory of the season.

Nichols received a strong showing from junior attacker Krista-Jean Forand (Plymouth, MA) who tallied four goals (two coming in the final nine minutes) with an assist. Senior midfielder Kaitlyn DiBuono (Auburn, MA) compiled four ground balls.

Junior goalie Danielle Mott (Cranston, RI) recorded 11 saves in a nice performance, including six in the opening half that kept the visitors in the game. She also had three ground balls. The Bison end their season with a 4-12 record.

Western New England finished with a 37-18 advantage in shots and 23-19 edge in ground balls.


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