Nighthawks Fly Past Wildcats

Nighthawks Fly Past Wildcats

LONGMEADOW, Mass.—For the first time in program history, the Newbury College women's soccer team won four straight games with the 10-2 thumping of New England Collegiate Conference (NECC) foe Bay Path College. Sophomore forward Briana Tomaselli (Warwick, R.I.) and freshman midfielder Kelsey Landry (Milford, N.H.) each registered a hat-trick in the Nighthawks eighth victory – fifth in conference – of the season.

Landry struck first in the 18th minute of play with a shot inside from a nicely crossed ball from senior Jessica Graus (Rochester, N.Y.). She would repeat scoring ten minutes later off a long ball shot from 25 yards back.

The score would remain 2-0 until 41:40 on the clock when Tomaselli found the hole driving past a defender and hitting the back of the net. This would eventual become the game winner for the Nighthawks. Less than a minute later, Newbury would take the ball immediately back up the field with junior Nicole Garafalo (Winsted, Conn.) connecting with a pass by teammate  from freshman midfielder Jamie Chernesky (Scotia, N.Y.) sailing  along shot from the right side over freshman keeper Marina Rhodes (Providence, R.I.) head.

Newbury would head into the halftime break with a 4-0 lead over Bay Path.

Chernesky would come back after the break and connect with a Tomaselli corner kick to score the fifth goal at 51:50 on the clock.  Less than a minute later, Tomaselli would again get her foot on scoring dribbling the ball down the field past two Bay Path defenders tallying the sixth goal.

Landry would notch her hat trick at 53:45 on the clock with an assist by junior reservist Tianna Dimaria (Plantsville, Conn.). At 62:04, Landry would send the ball up the middle where sophomore defender Alishya Anselmo (Fall River, Mass.) would notch her first goal on the season with a shot from the left side.

With the score 8-0, Keelin Dougherty (N.H.) would break up the shut-out finding the back of the net off a well placed flick over the keepers head. Nicole Crossman (Winsted, Conn.) crossed the ball for the assist.

Dougherty would send the ball back to Crossman for a beautiful long ball up the middle floating it over the backline past Newbury's senior goal keeper Rachel Wyszynski (Wilbraham, Mass.) at 67:50 on the clock.

Two minutes, Newbury would add some insurance goals. Garafalo would tally her second goal on the match off a three man weave up the field with Tomaselli grabbing her second assist.  The Nighthawks would score the final goal at 71:37 with Tomaselli notching her hat trick.

Rhodes finished with 13 saves facing 36 shots- 23 on goal, while Wyszynski picked up the win with one save facing eight shots.

Newbury improves 8-5-1 overall and 5-2-1 in the NECC, Bay Path falls to 3-13 and 2-7 in conference action. The Nighthawks conclude regular season play against a formidable opponent, and rival, Lesley University on Sunday, October 30th at high noon while the Wildcats will be in action tomorrow afternoon against non-conference Bard at 1:00 p.m.

Game Notes:

Sophomore Briana Tomaselli currently leads the New England Collegiate Conference in all three major categories: goals, assists and points. With 18 on the season she is two in front of Veronica Halen in goals and leads Halen by nine in points with 48 on the year.

- Photo by: Samantha Yanofsky

- Story provided by: Bay Path Sports Information