Raffaele Stops Eight as Wolves Triumph over Converse

NEWBERRY - Sophomore Morgan Raffaele notched eight saves, while fellow sophomore Noelle Allen posted a hat trick in Newberry's 11-6 victory over the visiting Converse Valkyries at Setlzer Field.

The Wolves (1-6) opened their first home game of the season by falling behind Converse (3-5) 2-0 early. After a Valkyries goal with 26:35 left in the first period, senior Tricia Powell (Monroe Township, N.J.) corralled the draw and as the Wolves maintained possession saw the ball fall to junior Tessa Davis (Triangle, Va.). With the ball in her possession, Davis found herself with enough room to score the Wolves' first goal of the day.

Newberry's next strike came after Raffaele (Hilton Head Island, S.C.) recorded a save, which led to a successful clearance for the Wolves. Davis played conductor on the possession recording an assist on a goal by redshirt-freshman Ajahna Grosvenor (Lawrenceville, Ga.).

The Wolves first lead of the day came at 13:38 after Allen (Lawrenceville, Ga.) forced a turnover providing the possession for sophomore Carly Marksberry (Lawrenceville, Ga.) to score her fourth goal of the season.

After the two sides exchanged possession sophomore Jessica Baxtrom (St. Leonard, Md.) forced a turnover on a Converse clearance attempt and picked up the ensuing ground ball. The Baxtrom created possession for Newberry allowed for Allen to net the Wolves' fourth goal of the day.

Junior Victoria Thomas joined in on the scoring with five minutes left in the first period off an assist from freshman Olivia Knight (Spartanburg, S.C.). Knight doubled up in the assist column after freshman Katie Thompson (Newark, Del.) forced a turnover and the Wolves took the ball the distance of the field for a clearance. Knight fed senior KerriAnn Barlage (Glen Burnie, Md.) for her first tally of the day.

Leading 6-2 at the end of the first half, the Wolves opened the scoring in the second period when Barlage scored her 20th goal of the season off a free position. Converse scored back-to-back goals to cut the Newberry lead to 7-4.

After a timeout, Thomas controlled the draw and found her second goal on the day to push the Wolves' lead to 8-4. Goal number nine came off a free position shot by Allen with 14:30 left in regulation.

Converse answered Allen's strike, but soon gave up a second goal to Davis after the Wolves took advantage of a failed clearance attempt by the Valkyries.

A yellow card to the Wolves left Newberry a man-down and the Valkyries took advantage for their sixth goal of the day. Back to full strength, Newberry saw Allen control a draw and after the ball was passed around found herself on the scoring end of a Grosvenor assist to give the Wolves an 11-6 lead, which they would ride to the final horn.

Allen led the offense with three goals, while Barlage, Thomas and Davis each netted a pair. Knight led in the assist column with two, while Powell picked up five ground balls on the day. Thomas controlled a game-high seven draws. On defense it was Allen's four caused turnovers that led the Wolves on the day.

Between the pipes, Raffaele notched eight saves, while also picking up one ground ball.

Newberry plays its first ever home conference game on Saturday against Catawba with a 2:00 p.m. scheduled first draw.

2014-03-12



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