CHARLESTOWN, Mass. - The Newbury Nighthawks became the sixth team in New England Collegiate Conference history to finish unbeaten in conference play with their scoreless draw against New England College on Tuesday afternoon at Charlestown High Complex.
The Nighthawks join the 2008 Mitchell Mariners, the 2011 Southern Vermont Mountaineers, the 2012 Lesley Lynx, and the 2015 and 2016 Daniel Webster Eagles as the only other unbeaten teams in regular season conference play in NECC history.
As for the match, two weather systems caused havoc for the Nighthawks and Pilgrims. With a 57-minute lightning delay in the first half, followed by a strong thunderstorm with lightning approaching in the second half, match officials halted the contest and ended the match in the 73rd minute.
In that span, both teams had their opportunities to score and break the scoreless draw.
New England's best look came in the 24th minute off a corner. The cross flew to the back post, finding freshman Tucker Valinski (Portsmouth, N.H.). His chance was shut down by Nighthawks junior goalie Chris Tran (Nantucket, Mass.), who cut off the tough angle shot of Valinski.
Nighthawks freshman Rony Morales (Seekonk, Mass.) had two chances at goal that required skillful saves by Pilgrims sophomore Robbie Ferguson (Hopkinton, N.H.) but the Nighthawks best opportunity came in the 52nd minute.
Freshman Kobe Barnes (Hartford, Conn.) broke free down the right wing and end line. His cross deflected around the goal box finding junior Julius Davis (Philadelphia, Pa.), but his toe-poked effort went begging over the bar, keeping the game scoreless.
The draw moves the Nighthawks to 9-3-4 (5-0-3 NECC) while the Pilgrims move to 5-7-4 (2-2-3 NECC).
Newbury's four goals allowed in eight regular season conference games this season are tied for the third-fewest goals allowed to conference competitors in the history of the NECC.
The Nighthawks conference season is complete and they will finish their regular season with a Friday match at UMass Dartmouth at 7:00 p.m.
New England College wraps up their season on Saturday, hosting Becker College at 2:30 p.m.
The NECC regular season will be completed on Saturday evening with the Postseason Schedule being announced shortly after completion of the games.
Corrections: A previous version of this story had Newbury at UMass Dartmouth on Saturday (10/27) but due to weather forecasts, that match has been moved to the corrected date above.