Newsome Sets Mark as UNE Rolls Past Golden Bears

BIDDEFORD, Maine -- First-year Gina Newsome (Danbury, Conn.) scored four goals and added two assists to establish a program record, as the University of New England defeated Western New England, 17-10, in Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC) action Saturday afternoon (Apr. 14) at the Big Blue Turf.

The victory keeps UNE perfect (5-0) in CCC play while extending its school-record win streak to nine games and improving to 11-2 overall. The Golden Bears fell for the fourth straight time to drop to 5-10 overall, 2-4 in conference matches.

Newsome's two assists put her at 30 for the season, eclipsing the previous mark set by Ashley MacDonald in 2005. Newsome now has 66 points in 12 matches.

Trailing 4-2 in the early going, the Nor'easter offense roared to life, reeling off the final seven goals of the first half to forge a 9-4 advantage heading into halftime.

UNE started the second frame the way it ended the first, using a 7-1 spurt to pile up a 16-5 advantage with over the initial 21 minutes of the frame.

Western New England would not go down without a fight, however, scoring five straight markers over the next four minutes to get within six (16-10). Big Blue tightened up the defense the rest of the way to hold WNE off.

UNE senior Jenna Barton (Wolfeboro, N.H.) and juniors Cara Cole (Norwood, Mass.) and Emily Lodge (Lyman, Maine) each scored three times to support Newsome's six-point afternoon. Lodge also added four draw controls, four ground balls and four caused turnovers. Senior Jesalyn Dvorak (Windsor, Conn.) contributed three points, five ground balls and a pair of caused turnovers.

Western New Englnad senior Katie Toomy (Northborough, Mass.) led her team with four goals to go with a pair of helpers and a match-best six draw controls. Classmate Liz McRoberts (Bourne, Mass.) scored twice, while sophomore Kelsey Sherman (Buchanan, N.Y.) chipped in three points and forced two turnovers.

Sophomore Samantha St. Pierre (Mechanic Falls, Maine) made 13 saves for the Nor'easters, who face rival Endicott College on Tuesday in a clash of the league's top two teams.

The Golden Bears, who return to action Thursday versus Wheaton College, received 12 saves from first-year goalkeeper Emily Castleman (Wilbraham, Mass.).


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