LEICESTER, Mass. - Nighthawks freshman Sophia Kiasi (Yorba Linda, Calif.) scored a game-high five goals, helping provide just enough offense, as the Newbury Nighthawks defeated the Becker Hawks 8-7 on Saturday afternoon at Alumni Field in New England Collegiate Conference play.
Kiasi attempted a season-high 19 shots, converting on five to move to 28 goals this season. Freshman Venezia Delgadillo (Sharon, Mass.) scored a pair of goals on the afternoon. Freshman Hannah Gorham (Lyman, Maine) scored a goal and added an assist.
Hawks sophomore Samantha Carter (Boothbay Harbor, Maine) scored four goals for Becker. Sophomore Cassandra Nelson (Exeter, N.H.) added a hat trick and an assist.
The Nighthawks were in control in the first half, taking a 4-0 lead in the first 20 minutes with goals by Delgadillo, Gorham, and a pair by Kiasi. Carter responded to make it 4-1, but Kiasi responded with 3:13 in the first half, taking a 5-1 lead headed for halftime.
Out of the break, the Nighthawks established a five goal advantage on goals by Delgadillo and Kiasi, scored 27 seconds apart, to lead 7-2. After back-to-back goals by Nelson cut the deficit to 7-4, Kiasi gave the Nighthawks a four goal lead, 8-4 with 11:03 remaining.
In those final 11 minutes, the Hawks had their chances, cutting the deficit to just a pair on goals by Carter and Nelson to trail 8-6. Carter scored again with 4:51 remaining to get Becker within a goal at 8-7.
The Nighthawks were able to drain some clock on a number of possessions in the final five minutes and held Becker shotless in that time, holding on for the 8-7 win.
Nighthawks sophomore Keely Molloy (Staten Island, N.Y.) gets the win, moving to 3-10 this season, after making six saves. Hawks junior Nikolle Storey (Cumberland, Maine) falls to 1-13 after making 10 saves.
The Nighthawks move to 3-10 (3-4 NECC) with the win, qualifying for their first playoffs in program history, the Hawks fall to 1-13 (1-6 NECC) and fail to qualify.
The 3-4 NECC record puts the Nighthawks in a three-way tie for fourth place and the strength of schedule tiebreaker will determine the four-, five-, and six-seeds for the NECC Lacrosse Playoffs. Mitchell and Bay Path both finished 3-4 in the NECC this season.