Barlage Tallies Seven in Newberry Win vs. Lees-McRae

NEWBERRY - For the second straight game Newberry saw goals scored by seven different players, with junior Kerri Ann Barlage leading the Wolves with seven, as Newberry topped the Lees-McRae Bobcats 15-9 at Setzler Field on Friday afternoon.

Newberry (6-6) jumped out ahead of the Bobcats (3-4) early as Barlage (Glen Burnie, Md.) scored a little over two minutes into the game off an assist from sophomore Tessa Davis (Triangle, Va.). Only two minutes later it was the Bobcats who tallied the second goal of the game as Lees-McRae tied the game on a free position shot by Jessica MacConnell.

Lees-McRae called a timeout after MacConnell's goal and the following draw ended up in the pocket of Newberry sophomore Elise Sanchez's (Tujunga, Calif.) stick and soon was possessed by Davis. With 25:53 on the clock Davis drew a foul and promptly scored on a free position opportunity. Barlage followed up Davis' goal with two more of her own to put Newberry ahead 4-1 with 24:23 remaining in the first half.

MacConnell struck again for the Bobcats before Sanchez again controlled the draw. After a missed shot by the Wolves, freshman Carly Marksberry (Lawrenceville, Ga.) forced a Bobcats turnover and recovered the ground ball only to find herself scoring her 18th goal of the season.

Davis netted her second goal of the game and 10th of the season to put the Wolves up 6-2 with 21:31 left in the first period.

The next five minutes proved uneventful for both teams until a groundball pickup by junior Kristin Balish (Manassas, Va.) led to a Newberry clearance and a goal by freshman Jessica Baxtrom (St. Leonard, Md.) off an assist from Marksberry.

Marksberry was handing out assists again a minute later as sophomore Megan Kenny (Mauldin, S.C.) found the scoring column as she gave Newberry an 8-2 lead. MacConnell struck for the third time in the first half at 11:25 on another free position opportunity.

Barlage found herself in the scoring column once again at 9:04 in the first half when she scored a man-down goal off a free position shot, four minutes before sophomore Victoria Thomas (Manhattan, Kan.) scored her seventh goal of the year.

Up 10-3 with five minutes remaining, Newberry increased its lead as Kenny scored her ninth goal of the season off an assist from junior Kayla Hopper (Newberry, S.C.). for what was the final goal of the first period.

The second half saw the Bobcats start things off by forcing Newberry's freshman goalkeeper Morgan Raffaele (Hilton Head Island, S.C.) to make an early save, before Katelin Rooney scored the first goal of the second half five minutes into the period. Barlage saw to it that the Bobcats momentum would end with Rooney's goal as she quickly scored Newberry's 12th goal of the afternoon.

Lees-McRae regained the momentum as the Bobcats scored two-straight goals and prompted a Newberry timeout. Following the Wolves' timeout with 22:11 on the clock the two teams were unable to make an attempt on goal until Barlage again scored for Newberry with 16:40 on the clock.

After both teams had opportunities in their offensive ends, Newberry made the most out of their turn in the offensive third as freshman Noelle Allen (Lawrenceville, Ga.) corralled a pass from Sanchez and scored a man-down goal with 14:59 on the clock.

Following three-straight Lees-McRae goals, Barlage struck for her seventh goal of the game and 33rd of the season as the Wolves took a 15-9 lead, which Newberry held over the final six minutes until time expired at Setzler Field.

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