Nighthawks Taken Down on Road By Blue Jays

Photo Credit: Dylan Foran
Photo Credit: Dylan Foran

NEW BRITAIN, Conn. - Blue Jays senior Vicky Thai (West Hartford, Conn.) and junior Hannah Lemek (Bristol, Conn.) scored four goals each as the University of Saint Joseph lacrosse team downed the Newbury College Nighthawks, 16-2, in non-conference action at Arute Field on Wednesday evening.

USJ scored the first five goals of the game to leap out to a 5-0 advantage. Junior Febe Verkerk (Cuijk, Netherlands) got things started for the Blue and Gold netting her first goal of the season just over two minutes into the game off an assist from freshman Mary Joerg (Canton, Conn.). Thai would close the opening 5-0 run with her first goal of the game with 15:59 to play in the opening half.

Newbury attempted to answer and scored the ensuing two goals, both coming from sophomore Isabelle Pafford (Greenland, N.H.) to cut the USJ lead to 5-2. However, the Blue Jays closed the half with six unanswered goals to end the threat and take an 11-2 advantage into the locker rooms.

The Blue Jays added five goals in the second half to account for the 16-2 final margin. Joerg added a pair of second-half goals to finish the night with two goals and two assists, while sophomore Diamond Wallen (Hartford, Conn.) capped the scoring with her third goal of the season with just under five minutes left in regulation.

Junior net minder Emily Bourassa (Bristol, Conn.) picks up her second win of the season. She faced 14 shots and finished the night with 11 saves. Freshman Keely Molloy (Staten Island, N.Y.) made a career-high 23 saves for the Nighthawks.

The Blue Jays picked up 25 ground balls as a team led by Verkerk who secured a team-high six. Newbury finished with 17 ground balls led by freshman Anastasia Meleo (Plymouth, Mass.) who had seven.

The Nighthawks resume their season going back to the New England Collegiate Conference on Saturday afternoon as they battle Bay Path University at The Winsor School at 1:00 p.m.

Portions of this release courtesy USJ-CT Athletics