Pafford's Hat Trick Not Enough; Nighthawks Fall 9-5 to DWC

Photo Credit: Dylan Foran
Photo Credit: Dylan Foran

MEDFORD, Mass. - Eagles senior Madeline Roulier (Pittsfield, Mass.) scored a hat-trick, adding to her team-leading goal total, which stands at 19, helping the Daniel Webster Eagles over the Newbury Nighthawks 9-5 on Wednesday night at Hormel Stadium Facility for their first win of the season.

Eagles sophomore Rebecca Hoffman (Andover, Mass.) finished with a four-point night, two goals and two assists. Senior McKenzie Stone (Shelton, Conn.) finished with a pair of goals on two shots. Sophomore Stephanie Evans (Washington, Iowa) added a goal, four ground balls, and six draw controls.

Nighthawks sophomore Isabelle Pafford (Greenland, N.H.) finished with a hat trick, scoring the most goals in a game in program history. Freshman Anastasia Meleo (Plymouth, Mass.) scored a goal while adding four ground balls and two forced turnovers. Sophomore Gabriella Paolini (Sterling, Mass.) scored her first career goal.

The Eagles were in from 2-0 after the first six minutes on goals from Hoffman and Evans. Pafford cut the deficit to 2-1 with her sixth goal of the season with 19:19 remaining in the first half on a free position goal.

The Eagles responded with three straight, two by Stone and one for Roulier for a 5-1 lead. Meleo was next to strike for the Nighthawks, who now trailed 5-2.

Roulier and Hoffman scored 16 seconds apart to give the Eagles their largest lead of the night at 7-2. 

Paolini scored her first of the season with 3:17 remaining in the first to finished the scoring in the half with the Eagles leading 7-3.

Pafford came out firing after halftime, scoring two goals in the opening minutes to trail 7-5. But the Nighthawks could get no closer as they finished scoreless in the last 27:28.

Roulier added her third goal with 18 minutes remaining to regain a three goal lead. Freshman Delaney Ruiz (Meriden, Conn.) added the final tally, her first of the season, with 2:08 remaining to help the Eagles to a 9-5 lead.

Eagles sophomore Diamond Majett (Philadelphia, Penn.) finished with nine saves, allowing five goals. She earns her first win of the season to improve to 1-6.

Nighthawks freshman Keely Molloy (Staten Island, N.Y.) recorded 11 saves on the night while allowing a career-low nine goals.

The victory moves the Eagles to 1-6 (1-4 NECC), while the loss moves the Nighthawks to 0-8 (0-3 NECC). The Nighthawks return to action on Saturday afternoon as they welcome Elms College to Hormel Stadium for a 1:00 p.m. faceoff.