Lyons Top Bears in NEWMAC Action

Stephanie Bullard
Stephanie Bullard
NEW LONDON, Conn. – Coast Guard closed within two early in the second half, before Mt. Holyoke pulled away late in the period to win 11-6 in New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) action Wednesday evening.

With the loss the Bears fall to 3-10 overall and 0-5 in the conference. The Lyons improve to 3-9 on the season and 1-4 in the NEWMAC.

Junior Daria McKenna had a team high three points with two goals and an assist. Freshman Abigail Bradford, sophomore Carter Sanderson, junior Niki Kirchner-Hope and senior Cecelia Hosley each had a goal as well for Coast Guard.

Junior Leila Kouakou had a game high five points for Mt. Holyoke with four goals and one assist. Freshman Mary LaVigne and junior Kaitlin Braz had two goals each while senior Charlotte Wagner had two points with a goal and an assist.

After the Lyons took a one goal lead 20 seconds into the game, the Bears answered as Hosley took a pass from McKenna and rifled home a shot at the 27:59 mark tying the game at one.

Coast Guard and Mt. Holyoke traded goals once more before the Lyons scored three straight to take a 5-2 lead with 19:12 left in the first half.

Bradford moved the Bears within two once again scoring with just under 19 minutes to go in the period but Mt. Holyoke scored back to back to back goals pushing their lead to four at 7-3.

McKenna ended the scoring in the first half for both teams with a free position goal with 15:48 to go in the opening period making the halftime score 7-4.

After Wagner started off the half for the Lyons with a free position goal, the Bears moved within two as McKenna and Kirchner-Hope tallied goals bringing the score to 8-6 with 24:28 to go in the game.

That would however be the final goals of the game for Coast Guard as Mt. Holyoke kept the Bears off the board and scored three more goals propelling them to their first NEWMAC win of the season.

Senior Hannah Delguercio (3-9) made seven saves on 18 shots allowing 11 goals. She is second in the conference with 114 saves on the season.

Freshman Mia Wysocki (2-2) earned the win making four saves on eight shots faced and allowing four goals. Senior Isa Rodriguez played the second half making four saves on six shots and allowed two goals.

Coast Guard is back in action this Saturday, April 12th, when they travel to Wellesley, Massachusetts to take on the Wellesley Blue. Opening draw is 1:00.