Wolves Top Blue Knights for First-Ever Victory

NEWBERRY, S.C. - Led by clutch play by a clutch performance in goal and on the attack by junior Alex Hatch Newberry won its first ever game on the Wolves' first appearance at Setzler Field, 11-10 over the visiting Urbana Blue Knights on Wednesday evening.

Hatch (Woodstock, Ga.) stepped in as the Wolves starting goalie and earned a victory in goal in what was her first appearance between the pipes.

The Wolves goalkeeper was tested early as the Blue Knights received a free position opportunity less than 30 seconds into the game, as Urbana's Nora Boerger fired a shot Hatch's way the junior knocked the ball aside for her first save of the night. Hatch's second save came seconds later as Hannah Walters tested the Wolves keeper with a shot from the run of play.

After an Urbana turnover on the opening possession, a Wolves clearance resulted in freshman Nikki Colwell's (Greer, S.C.) third goal of the season. After Urbana equalized, and took the lead away from the Wolves it was senior Kristin Stensholt (Melbourne, Victoria, Australia) who netted her second goal of the year to knot the game at two goals apiece.

Newberry's third goal of the game came with a bit of meaning for the program as freshman Tessa Davis (Triangle, Va.) scored her first career goal on what was the first assisted goal in Newberry College history as sophomore Olivia Lawnick (East Brunswick, N.J.) was credited with an assist.

Urbana once again tied the game, before taking a one goal lead over halfway through the opening period, before another clearance by Newberry resulted in Lawnick's third goal of the season. After a free position shot found the back of the net for Boerger, Colwell added her second goal of the evening, nearly two minutes before Lawnick put Newberry up 6-5 on what was also her second goal of the day.

With 11 seconds remaining in the opening half, Urbana tested Hatch one final time as a clearance resulted in a Newberry foul, where with seven seconds on the clock Hatch tallied her seventh save of the evening.

With freshman goalkeeper Sam Capers (Monroe Township, N.J.) in goal for the Wolves in the second half, Newberry opened the second period scoring as Colwell completed the first hat trick in Newberry history.

Urbana added a sixth goal five minutes into the second half. The Blue Knights trailed by a single goal for about three minutes before Hatch notched her first career goal off a free position opportunity. Another Newberry goal came less than a minute later as freshman Victoria Thomas (Manhattan, Kan.) scored her first career goal.

With a 9-6 lead, the Wolves extended the lead to four goals as junior Kayla Hopper (Newberry, S.C.) found the back of the net. Newberry scored its 11th and final goal of the evening with 10:27 on the clock, where Colwell added her fourth goal of the evening and sixth of the season on what would be the game winner.

As the final minutes ticked off the clock, Setzler Field saw its first lacrosse yellow cards and the Blue Knights scrambled to score four straight goals, before the clock ran out giving Newberry a historic 11-10 victory.

Colwell finished the evening with four goals, while Lawnick added a pair.

Newberry and Urbana finished the evening even in shots and saves, while the Blue Knights led with 22 ground balls and 14 draw controls. Newberry won the clearance battle 11-8.

The Wolves return to Setzler Field on Thursday at 4:00 p.m. as Newberry plays host to the Converse College Valkyries.

2012-03-07



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