Balanced Attack Sends Nor'easters Past Eagles

BIDDEFORD, Maine -- Twelve different players scored as the University of New England registered a 21-10 non-conference victory over Husson on Monday afternoon (Mar. 25) at the Big Blue Turf.

The win is the second straight for the Nor'easters (2-4), while the Eagle dip back to 2-2 on the year.

Junior Hannah Tavella (Putnam Valley, N.Y.) and sophomore Gina Newsome (Danbury, Conn.) each finished with eight points on the day for the winners. Tavella (4 goals, 4 assists) continued her move up UNE's all-time scoring lists, this time passing Danielle Cate '11 (154 points) for second place by increasing her career total to 159 points.

Newsome (2 goals, 6 assists) also advanced her position in the program's record book by reaching the 50-assist mark. Molly Wood '03 had previously held UNE's second-highest career total at 45. Newsome's six assists were a personal high, and the most by a Nor'easters in a single game since the 2006 season (tied for 2nd all-time).

Big Blue sophomore Nikki Smith (Shapleigh, Maine) added three scores, while senior Emily Lodge (Lyman, Maine), sophomore Macki Hill (York Beach, Maine), and sophomore Rachel Schwaner (Holderness, N.H.) chipped in with two goals apiece. Sophomore Tatum Fahs (Woodstock, Conn.) had a goal and two assists.

Senior Nicolle Steel (Ocean City, N.J.) had a game-best five ground balls, and her three caused turnovers were matched by juniors Gina Iannazzi (Methuen, Mass.) and Johanna Currier (Holderness, N.H.). First-year Kayla Hamel (Lewiston, Maine) corralled a team-high five draw controls, and Currier picked up four.

For Husson, junior Haley Huntington (West Gardiner, Maine) scored twice and had a match-best six draw controls. First-year Anna Wolterbeek (Wells, Maine) notched two goals and one assist. Six other players recorded goals for the Eagles.

Senior Kayleigh Piccirillo (Walpole, N.H.) had three caused turnovers for the visitors, while classmate Chelsea Kondratowicz (Kingston, N.Y.) posted seven saves in goal.

UNE first-year Courtney Kendall (Waltham, Mass.) made eight stops on the other end of the field to earn the victory.

The Nor'easters rattled off the game's first five scores, and led 8-1 with a little over 10 minutes left in the opening period. The difference remained seven (11-4) at the break.

With a 15-7 cushion near the midway point of the 2nd half, Big Blue struck for four consecutive goals to extend the gap to double digits.

For the contest, UNE out-shot its opponent by a 35-22 margin, and led in both ground balls (28-14) and draws (19-13).

The Nor'easters begin Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC) play on Wednesday (7:00 p.m.) when Wentworth Institute of Technology comes into Biddeford.

Husson is off until Saturday (4:00 p.m.), when North Atlantic Conference (NAC) action starts up with a road match against New England College.


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