NASHUA, N.H. - It took 106 minutes before junior Shannon Walsh (Massapequa, N.Y.) scored the only goal of the game, giving the Nighthawks a crucial 1-0 victory over Daniel Webster College on Tuesday afternoon.
Walsh was the beneficiary of a feed from Elizabeth Kia (Kea'au, Hawaii). Just four minutes away from a scoreless draw, Walsh controlled the pass, turned and fired the shot past Stephanie Evans (Washington, Iowa), giving the win to the Nighthawks.
The victory cliches a playoff birth for the Nighthawks, who currently sit in seventh in the conference with two games remaining.
Sophomore Noelle Sass (Randolph, Mass.) had yet another strong showing for the Nighthawks, making six saves and setting new program records for shutouts by a goalie in a season and career (4), and wins in a season and career (6).
Walsh's goal gives her four game-winners this season, tying the program record for game-winning goals. Walsh also adds another goal to her record game-winning goal total, which now sits at nine.
Sass' victory improves her record to 6-5-0. Evans takes credit for the loss, dropping her record to 1-11-0, despite the strong 14 save effort this afternoon.
The Nighthawks (6-9-0, 3-4-0 NECC) will look to make it three straight victories on Saturday, facing Lesley University at The Winsor School in Boston; kickoff is scheduled for 4:00 p.m.