Nor'easters Register Last 10 to Defeat Franklin Pierce

WINTER PARK, Fla. -- Sophomore Hannah Tavella (Putnam Valley, N.Y.) and first-year Gina Newsome (Danbury, Conn.) combined for 10 goals and two assists to power the University of New England to a 19-12 non-conference victory overFranklin Pierce Saturday afternoon (Mar. 17).

Tavella and Newsome each scored five times for the Nor'easters (4-2), who face the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth on Monday (6:30 p.m.) while still in Florida -- the first meeting between the teams since 1999.

Junior Emily Lodge (Lyman, Maine) added three goals -- all in the second half -- while seniors Jenna Barton (Wolfeboro, N.H.) and Jesalyn Dvorak (Windsor, Conn.) tallied two goals apiece. First-years Rachel Schwaner and Hannah Warren (Harrison, Maine) also found their way into the scoring column for UNE.

The Ravens started the second half with four of the initial five markers -- including three of Ashley Lamangdeleine's six on the day -- to grab their largest lead of the game at 12-9. Courtney Weber's third point set-up the last one at the 24:09 mark; Franklin Pierce would not score again.

Big Blue started to rally when Tavella found the back of the cage with 16:54 left, and Lodge tied things up (12-12) on a free-position shot with 13:24 to play. Tavella fed Barton at the 11:30 mark to give the Nor'easters a lead they would not relinquish.

Sophomore Samantha St. Pierre (Mechanic Falls, Maine) stopped all three shots -- including two 8-meter attempts -- in the closing 24 minutes to keep the Ravens from getting any closer. For the game, St. Pierre made 11 saves.

UNE finished the second frame with advantages in shots (18-10) and draw controls (11-5), despite Franklin Pierce controlling 14 of 17 draws in the opening period. The Nor'easters converted eight free position shots in the contest.

Brianna Nash chipped in with two goals for the Ravens (0-1), and Weber hauled in a match-best 10 draws.

Junior Nicolle Steel (Ocean City, N.J.) forced five turnovers and picked up six ground balls for Big Blue on the defensive end.

2012-03-18



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