Wolves Net Late Game Winner to Down Avenging Angels

RALEIGH, N.C. - A goal with just over a minute remaining by sophomore Tessa Davis clinched a tight 10-9 victory for Newberry as the Wolves escaped Meredith Field with a dramatic win over the Avenging Angels of Meredith.

Newberry (7-6) looked to be comfortable on the turf of Meredith Field early as junior Kerri Ann Barlage (Glen Burnie, Md.) took the ball to the net herself early netting the Wolves a 1-0 lead over the Avenging Angels (4-9). Meredith countered Barlage's first strike as Katie Burnet notched a goal three minutes later.

The Wolves appeared to regain their momentum with 24:14 remaining in the first period as Davis (Triangle, Va.) lobbed a high arcing pass toward the goal mouth, which was redirected in the air by a leaping Noelle Allen (Lawrenceville, Ga.) into the back of the net. Allen's first half tally was the 18th of the season for the freshman.

Newberry increased its lead over the next ten minutes as sophomore Elise Sanchez (Tujunga, Calif.) gathered a pass from Allen and netted her sixth goal of the season. A minute later freshman Alexis Cathcart (Spartanburg, S.C.) netted a free position goal to put the Wolves up by four after a quick three goal outburst.

The Avenging Angels did not let Newberry get too comfortable as Meredith struck for three straight goals of their own to tie the game at 4-4 heading to halftime.

As the second half got underway, the two teams jumped out to a similar start as Newberry freshman Carly Marksberry (Lawrenceville, Ga.) snagged a ground ball before scoring her first goal of the day. About a minute later Barlage scored her 35th goal of the season off an assist from Marksberry.

Meredith again would not let the Wolves get too comfortable as it pulled within one of Newberry less than a minute after Barlage's goal. Allen and Davis combined once again soon after the Avenging Angels' goal, as Allen notched her 19th goal of the year, while Davis picked up another assist.

About nine minutes after Allen put the Wolves up by two, Marksberry extended the lead to three as she scored off an assist from Barlage. Two-minutes later another Meredith goal brought the Avenging Angels within two, until Davis converted an unassisted try to again push the lead to three goals.

The final six minutes of the game provided no boring moments as Burnet scored on a free position, before assisting on a goal by Danielle Lee, which brought Meredith within one of the Wolves. Newberry controlled the following draw, but a turnover led to a Meredith clearance with less than two minutes remaining and resulted in a game-tying goal by Lottie Meadows.

It appeared the Wolves were headed to the first overtime in program history as Meredith controlled the draw following Meadows' goal. Sanchez came up big on the defensive end as she forced a Meredith turnover and immediately picked up the ground ball.

After being fouled near the goal, Davis guaranteed herself a free position opportunity with 1:05 remaining. The sophomore calmly placed her free position shot past Meredith's Andie Stuber for what would prove to be the game winning goal for the Wolves.

Barlage, Marksberry and Davis each recorded two goal games, while Davis also notched two assists. Barlage and Marksberry both picked up four ground balls, while on the draw Barlage and sophomore Victoria Thomas (Manhattan, Kan.) each snagged three draw controls. On the defensive end, Sanchez led the Wolves with three caused turnovers.

Newberry returns home one final time as the Wolves wrap up their home slate on Saturday against Saint Leo. The Wolves will honor seniors Alex Hatch (Woodstock, Ga.), Allison Bellman (Cincinnati, Ohio) and Anika Powers (Stonington, Maine) as part of the festivities surrounding Newberry's 2:00 p.m. first draw against the Lions.

2013-04-01



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