Farrington, McKenna Lead Bears to Third Straight Win

Anna McGoldrick
Anna McGoldrick

NEW LONDON, Conn. – Freshman Brenna Farrington scored a program record eight goals as Coast Guard pulled away from St. Joseph's (L.I.) in the second half 22-16, for their third straight win to start the season.

The Bears are now 3-0 on the year matching their entire win total from last season. The Golden Eagles fall to 0-2 overall.

Farrington scored six of her record eight goals in the second half including the game winner with 8:13 left to play. Senior Daria McKenna matched Farrington with eight points of her own netting a hat trick and adding five assists. The duo both broke the single game record for points of seven set by Kaitlin Dickson in 2016. Farrington is first in the conference in goals (17) and points (18) while McKenna is right behind her in points with 15.

Freshman Mary Goins finished with a hat trick as well for Coast Guard while classmate Haley Howard tallied five points on one goal and four assists.

Sophomore Diana Johnston and junior Nicole Stoppelli led St. Joseph's with seven points each. Johnston scored six goals and added an assist while Stoppelli finished with a team high five assists and two goals. Sophomore Lauryn Gregson and junior Kristi Carroll each had five points with Gregson tallying four goals and one assist while Caroll had a hat trick with two assists.

After St. Joseph's opened the game with a goal in the first minute, Coast Guard rattled off three straight goals for the 3-1 lead with 26:13 left in the half. This stretch was highlighted by a rocket off the cross bar into the net by Howard for her first of the game.

The Golden Eagles answered scoring back-to-back goals to even the score at three after Johnston fired a pass home from Stoppelli with 23:15 on the clock.

It was another three goal run by the Bears to pull ahead as they fended off a penalty to score two man-down goals for the 6-3 lead with just over 19 minutes to play in the opening period.

St. Joseph's continued to claw back into the game scoring the next three goals to tie the game once again at six with under 15 minutes to play.

Coast Guard was able to take a one goal lead into the half scoring three of the final five goals of the period making the score 9-8 in favor of the Bears.

Midway through the second half the Golden Eagles closed within two (15-13) after a goal from Gregson. The Bears then took control of the game scoring seven of the final ten goals led by four from Farrington sealing up Coast Guard's third win of the season and setting a new single-game record with 22 goals.

The Bears defense caused 11 turnovers and picked up 14 ground balls while also only allowing two man-up goals through eight minutes of penalties. Junior Leah Llewellyn, Howard and Farrington each had two caused turnovers while Howard also led the team with three ground balls.

Freshman Mary Budri (1-0) earned her first collegiate win making six saves through the last 42:27 of the game. Classmate Rebecca Dolan started in goal for the Bears making two saves.

Junior Lindsay Ramos (0-2) made 13 saves on 35 shots on goals.

Coast Guard is back in action Saturday March 10th, as they start their spring break trip with a game against Hood. Opening draw is 4:00