Nighthawks Second Half Battle Falls Short at Bay Path

Nighthawks Second Half Battle Falls Short at Bay Path

LONGMEADOW, Mass. - Wildcats senior Kaylee Herring (Worcester, Vt.) scored a game-high seven goals and added two assists, leading Bay Path University to a 16-11 win over the Newbury Nighthawks on Saturday afternoon in New England Collegiate Conference play.

Herring's seven goals are a season high, as were her 12 ground balls and 10 draw controls. Freshman Samantha Rubacha (Feeding Hills, Mass.) scored a career-high four goals.

Nighthawks freshman Venezia Delgadillo (Sharon, Mass.) scored four goals on the afternoon. Fellow freshmen Sophia Kiasi (Yorba Linda, Calif.) and Hannah Gorham (Lyman, Maine) each had hat tricks.

The Nighthawks jumped out to a 5-1 leading midway through the first half, but the Wildcats were able to close the gap to go to halftime 7-7.

After 14 minutes of the second half, the Nighthawks and Wildcats were still locked in a tight battle, 11-11.

Wildcats junior Brittany Lacombe (West Springfield, Mass.) broke the tie with 13:37 remaining, providing the eventual game-winning goal. The Wildcats extended the lead with two goals in under a minute thanks to junior Megan McKenna (Bennington, Vt.) and Herring to lead 14-11.

Bay Path added two more tallies to come back from an early deficit to win 16-11.

Wildcats sophomore Kristina Tran (Agawam, Mass.) made nine saves, picking up the win to move to 1-5. Nighthawks sophomore Keely Molloy (Staten Island, N.Y.) takes to loss, falling to 1-7 in her eight save effort.

The Wildcats move to 2-5 (2-1 NECC) while the Nighthawks drop to 1-8 (1-3 NECC).

Newbury returns to play on Wednesday with conference play, hosting Mitchell College at 3:00 p.m. from Hormel Stadium.