Second Half Rally Falls Short as Eagles Fall to Griffins

WATERBURY, Conn. Post University cut an eight-goal second half deficit to as few as four tallies, but the Eagles rally fell short as they dropped a Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC) contest to Chestnut Hill on Saturday afternoon at LaMoy Field. The final score was 20-16.

Graduate student Mallorie Michalak (Meriden, Conn.), sophomore Meghan Diggett (East Islip, N.Y.) and junior Morgan Kanavy (Syracuse, N.Y.) combined to score 15 of Post's 16 goals. Michalak found the back of the net six times and had three assists, while Diggett and Kanavy had five and four goals, respectively. Diggett and Michalak added four ground balls apiece, and Michalak added three caused turnovers as well. Kanavy had a game-high eight draw controls. Freshman Eryka Baez (Clifton, N.J.) had a goal and two assists.

With 10:03 to play in the second half, and Post (1-7, 0-5 CACC) behind 16-8, the Eagles scored three straight goals to cut the deficit to five, 16-11, with 8:11 remaining. Michalak scored all three goals, and the last one came off a feed from Baez.

Post got as close as four, 19-15, with 1:56 to play in regulation after a 4-1 spurt over a span of 4:44. Kanavy started the run, while Baez, Michalak and Diggett scored the last three goals of the stretch. Diggett's tally with 1:56 to play was a free-position goal.

After Kanavy gave Post a 1-0 lead 29 seconds into the game, Chestnut Hill (1-2, 1-4 CACC) scored the next five goals to take a 5-1 lead with 15:14 to play in the opening half. Sophomore Meghan Diggett (East Islip, N.Y.) cut the deficit to three, 5-2, with 12:14 to play on her first goal of the game off a pass from Kanavy.

The Griffins took their largest lead of the stanza with 1:29 to play. Christina Squillante netted her second goal of the half to give Chestnut Hill an 11-4 lead. Kanavy turned in her third goal of the half with 15 seconds to play to make the Eagles' halftime deficit six goals, 11-5.

Senior Michelle Chadwick (Miami, Fla.) made six saves in the first half, and totaled 10 stops in the game.

The Eagles will continue their three-game homestand on Wednesday, March 28, when Post hosts Georgian Court in a CACC matchup. The opening draw at LaMoy Field is scheduled for 4:00 p.m.

2012-03-24



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