Nighthawks Season Ends With One-Goal Loss at Bay Path

Photo Credit: Dylan Foran
Photo Credit: Dylan Foran

LONGMEADOW, Mass. - Wildcats senior Kaylee Herring (Worcester, Vt.) and freshman Samantha Rubacha (Feeding Hills, Mass.) each scored a hat trick, as Bay Path held off the late charge of the Newbury Nighthawks with an 11-10 win on Tuesday evening in the New England Collegiate Conference Quarterfinals from Ryan Field.

Wildcats junior Megan Mackie (Kaiserslautern, Germany) and sophomore Taryn Karol-Chik (Bridgewater, Mass.) each added a pair of goals. Mackie also had a game-high six ground balls.

Nighthawks freshman Venezia Delgadillo (Sharon, Mass.) led all scorers with five goals. Freshman Sophia Kiasi (Yorba Linda, Calif.) added four goals and an assist for the Nighthawks.

The Wildcats were rolling early and controlling the pace with a 5-0 lead in the opening 17 minutes of the match. In the final five minutes, Kiasi and Delgadillo scored 45 seconds apart to cut the deficit to 5-2. Herring added a goal to reestablish a four-goal lead, but Delgadillo scored with 20 seconds remaining in the half as the Wildcats led 6-3 at half.

In the second, the Nighthawks got within one on goals by Kiasi and Delgadillo, two minutes apart, to trail 6-5. The Wildcats appeared to put the Nighthawks away, scoring the next four goals to lead 10-5 with 16:23 remaining. After the teams traded goals, the Nighthawks trailed 11-6 with 14 minutes to go.

That started the Nighthawks comeback run as Kiasi scored a pair in 27 seconds to cut the deficit to 11-8. Freshman Hannah Gorham (Lyman, Maine) added a goal to trail 11-10 with 10 minutes remaining.

The Nighthawks got back within a goal, 11-10 on a man down goal by Delgadillo with 3:10 remaining. The Nighthawks had few chances after that, but the best opportunity, a free position shot, was turned away by the Wildcats, as Bay Path advances with the 11-10 victory.

Wildcats sophomore Kristina Tran (Agawam, Mass.) gets the win in her 10 save effort. Nighthawks sophomore Keely Molloy (Staten Island, N.Y.) is credited with the loss after making seven saves.

The Wildcats move to 5-8 with the win while the Nighthawks drop to 3-12. 

The Nighthawks season is over with the loss but not before exceeding the expectations of many and setting nearly every program record in the books.