Capers Saves 20, But Wolves No Match for Rams

NEWBERRY, S.C. - Newberry freshman Nikki Colwell recorded her second four-goal game of her career, while fellow freshman Sam Capers made 20 saves in goal, but the Wolves fell to the visiting Shepherd Rams, 23-7.

Shepherd (6-0) opened its account a little over a minute into the game, as the Rams scored four straight before Newberry (1-3) tacked on its first goal of the game just under five minutes in. After freshman Meg Kenny (Mauldin, S.C.) controlled a draw, the ball found its way to Colwell (Greer, S.C.) who found the back of the net for the Wolves opening tally.

Newberry added a second goal with about five minutes remaining in the opening period as Kenny posted her third tally of the season to cut the Rams' lead to 9-2. At 29:16 Newberry senior Kristin Stensholt (Melbourne, Victoria, Australia) drew a Shepherd foul and converted on a free position shot for her third goal of the year.

Returning from the halftime break down 9-3, Newberry surrendered four straight Shepherd goals before Colwell scored for the second time on the afternoon 10 minutes into the second period. Down 18-4, the Wolves added a fifth goal when Colwell scored for the third time nearly 21 minutes into the second half.

Newberry freshman Elise Sanchez (Tujunga, Calif.) did everything on her own at 21:22 when she controlled a draw, drew a foul and scored her first career goal to put the Wolves behind 18-6.

After Sanchez created her own opportunity, Colwell controlled the following draw and did the same scoring her fourth of the game and 12th of the season.

Colwell's final goal was also the last time Newberry found the back of the net against Shepherd, falling behind 23-7 before time expired giving the Rams the victory.

Capers (Monroe Township, N.J.) recorded 20 saves on the day, while Sanchez and sophomore Tricia Powell (Monroe Township, N.J.) led the Wolves with three ground balls each.

Newberry returns to Setzler Field on Thursday at 7:00 p.m., when the Wolves play host to Shippensburg.

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NEWBERRY, S.C. Sophomore attack Nicole Ruane (Sykesville, MD/Century) scored a game and career-high 11 goals to lead Shepherd University to a 23-7 win over Newberry in women's lacrosse action at Newberry on Tuesday.

Junior midfielder Krista Tippett (Leonardtown, MD/Leonardtown) scored five goals and sophomore attack Hanna Wharton (Ijamsville, MD/Urbana) each had three goals, while freshman attack Georgia Karr (Eldersburg, MD/Liberty) added two goals and three assists.

Junior attack/midfielder Alexandra Coates (Jefferson, MD/Brunswick), sophomore midfielder Jenny Cavey (Sykesville, MD/Westminster), and freshman attack Hayley Roper (California, MD/Leonardtown each added a goal.

Nikki Colwell tallied four goals to lead Newberry.

Freshman netminder Lily Schmulowitz (Baltimore, MD/Catonsville) recorded three saves for the Rams, while Sam Capers had 20 saves for the Wolves.

Shepherd had a 48-14 advantage in shots and a 16-13 edge in ground balls. Shepherd owned a 20-12 advantage in draw controls.

The Rams improve to 6-0 on the season, while Newberry falls to 1-3. The Rams return to action on Thursday when they travel to Erskine for 4:00 p.m. contest.


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