By Thomas Scavetta
Assistant Sports Editor
Freshman midfielder Ryan McKinney had a break-out game as she scored three goals to propel the fifth ranked women’s lacrosse team (3-1) to a 7-5 win over fourth ranked University of New Haven (2-1), on Saturday, March 12, at Panther Stadium in New Haven, CT.
McKinney punched in two of her three markers in the opening stanza. Senior attacker Emily Delaney and junior attacker Stefani Vagelatos scored 55 seconds apart, giving the Pioneers a 4-1 cushion at halftime.
In the early moments of the latter stanza, junior attacker Corinne Fisher of New Haven scored back-to-back free-position goals to open the second half, closing the gap to 4-3 with 26:43 remaining. It was all Post from that point on though; as the Pioneers answered every goal the Chargers scored the remainder of the game.
In addition to McKinney’s three point effort, Delaney logged one goal and two assists for three points in the win. Vagelatos also pitched in recording two points (1 G, 1 A). Junior defender/midfielder Cara Douglas had a solid outing tallying a goal, four ground balls, four caused turnovers and won two draw controls.
Defensively, the Pioneers held New Haven without a shot and forced four turnovers in the last eight minutes of action, which was enough to claw out the victory. Sophomore goalie Olivia Kirk had a career-high 12 saves for the Pioneers. Her counterpart, junior net-minder Alyssa Gionatti, denied 11 shots for the Chargers.
Head Coach Meghan McNamara and the Pioneers return to the field on Wednesday, March 16, when they make the trip down to Philadelphia, PA. for a matchup with Philadelphia University. Opening draw is slated for 4 p.m.