Bears Top Buccaneers with Second Half Surge

Daria McKenna
Daria McKenna

NEW LONDON, Conn. -  Coast Guard broke open a 6-6 tie at the half, scoring eight second half goals on their way to the 14-10 victory over Mass. Maritime in non-conference action Wednesday night at Cadet Memorial Field.

With the win the Bears improve to 3-6 on the season while the Buccaneers drop to 0-4 overall.

Junior Daria McKenna had a team high four goals. She surpassed 50 career points and scored her 40th career goal in tonight's game. Freshman Abigail Bradford netted her third hat trick of the season with three goals. She leads the team with 22 points on the year and is 11th in the NEWMAC. Sophomore Anna McGoldrick and Carter Sanderson each had two goals while junior Niki Kirchner-Hope had a goal and an assist.

Mass. Maritime was led by sophomore Erica Overstreet who had a game high five points with four goals and one assist. Junior Stephanie Hunt and senior Christina Murphy each had two goals while senior Dahlia Seggelin had a goal and an assist.

The Bears jumped out to a two goal lead in the opening seven minutes of play as McKenna and Kirchner-Hope each scored unassisted goals

Seggelin helped the Buccaneers climb right back into the game as she scored at the 20:09 mark and then found Hunt with a pass for a goal with 14:03 left in the opening period.

After a goal from junior Mimi Coburn for Coast Guard, Mass. Maritime took their first lead of the game with goals from Overstreet and junior Brianna Pingree for the 4-3 advantage with just over 9:30 to play in the first half.

Bradford tied the game for the Bears with an unassisted goal, but the Buccaneers took the lead right back with goals from Murphy and Hunt. 

Coast Guard tied the game right before the half however, as McKenna sent home a free position shot followed by a Bradford goal 14 seconds later.

The Bears controlled the second half, taking the lead for good on another goal from McKenna at the 13:03 mark making the score 11-9. Coast Guard then scored three of the final four goals of the game wrapping up the teams third win of the season.

Senior Hannah Delguercio (3-6) made 11 saves on 21 shots faced, allowing 10 goals. She is currently fourth in the conference with 76 saves on the season.

Junior Mikayla Correia (0-4) 11 saves on 25 shots on goal, allowing 14 goals.

The Bears return to NEWMAC play this Saturday, April 1st, when they host Wheaton for their first home conference game of the season. Opening draw is 1:00.