Nighthawks Fall on Road to Mariners in Conference Play

Photo Credit: Dylan Foran
Photo Credit: Dylan Foran

NEW LONDON, Conn. - Mariners senior Ashley Murtha (South Windsor, Conn.) netted a season-high 11 goals, leading the Mitchell attack for a 19-3 victory over the Newbury Nighthawks on Monday afternoon at Alumni Field in New England Collegiate Conference action.

The 11-goal outburst marks the second time this season that Murtha has scored at least 10 goals in a game. She now sits at 31 goals for the season; second in the NECC. Sophomore Kate McCormack (Narragansett, R.I.) added five goals for the Mariners. 

Nighthawks freshman Anastasia Meleo (Plymouth, Mass.) scored her first career goal, a second-half tally with just under 20 minutes remaining. Freshman Kyliene Phillips (Schenectady, N.Y.) also scored for the Nighthawks, her second this season. Sophomore Isabelle Pafford (Greenland, N.H.) scored one and added a career-high six ground balls.

Mitchell went up 3-0 in the opening minutes of the contest as Murtha sandwiched a pair of goals around a score by McCormack. Pafford put Newbury on the board midway through the stanza with her team-leading fifth goal of the season.

The rest of the half was all Mitchell, as the Mariners netted seven goals in the final 10:45 to lead 10-1 at intermission. Murtha scored five goals during the 7-0 stretch.

Mariners senior Willeen Pun (Stamford, Conn.) got the scoring started in the second half with a goal in the opening seconds, and Mitchell led 12-1 before Newbury connected for back-to-back scores by Phillips and Meleo. 

Mariners freshman goalie Gillian MacLellan (Hebron, Maine) made 10 saves between the pipes to earn her first career NECC win. Nighthawks freshman goalie Keely Molloy (Staten Island, N.Y.) had a strong game and recorded a career-high 22 saves against 45 total shots.

The Nighthawks welcome Daniel Webster College on Wednesday evening for the third NECC game on the Nighthawks schedule. The opening faceoff is set for 7:00 p.m. at Hormel Stadium Facility in Medford, Mass.

Portions of this release courtesy David Longolucco of Mitchell Athletics