Lacrosse beats Assumption 13-11 for their fifth win in a row

With four consecutive wins under their belt, the New Haven lacrosse team faced 21st-ranked Assumption University. Under the lights in Worcester, Mass., the two teams faced each other with one thing on their mind: victory. The heated match was anticipated after last year’s matchup when the Chargers just barely came away with the win.

Junior midfielder Cypress Levitt was on the draw when the first whistle went off to start what was going to be an intense match. The Chargers were able to come up with the ball to gain the first draw control, but they came up short on the attacking end. A change in possession led to Assumption getting on the board first with a goal scored by midfielder Molly Weiand, but New Haven was quick to react with a goal by Savannah Ernst assisted by Annie Acquavita.

A quick three goals fueled by momentum had the Greyhounds ahead by three with seven minutes left in the first quarter. But one minute and a change of possession later, New Haven came back with their first of many goals. Freshman Marielle Colalillo saw an opportunity and took it, scoring the first unassisted goal for the Chargers. With the energy up, New Haven scored another two goals to close out the first quarter with the game tied at four.

The second quarter started with a patient offensive approach that allowed attacker Reagan Bailey to get through a seam and score her second goal of the game. The Greyhounds reciprocated with two more goals to make the score 6-5. This pattern of back and forth continued as the Chargers went into the second half trailing 7-6.

Three minutes into the second half, Assumption increased their lead by one. The Chargers responded as they came back with another three goals to take a 9-8 lead.

Assumption scored one last goal in the third quarter but was unable to gain the lead after two Charger goals scored by Ernst and Colalillo.

The fourth quarter started with a score of 11-9 and Assumption failed to close the gap. Colalillo got on the board one last time for her fourth goal of the game. Assumption senior Jenna Joseph, the previous conference player of the week, scored her first goal of the game. The Greyhounds got on the board one more time with a goal from attacker Claire Desilva with ten minutes left to play.

New Haven goalkeeper Gabby Buscemi held down the fort with a total of 15 saves in the game, keeping the Greyhounds’ offense in check and allowing the Chargers’ offense to advance. With just under three minutes left in the game, Ernst scored her fifth goal for the Chargers, wrapping up the fourth quarter to send New Haven back home with a sweet victory and a final score of 13-11.

The Chargers head to their next game with a five-game win streak and ready for more victories. The team headed to Manchester, N.H., to face 17th-ranked Saint Anselm on Saturday, where they lost by just two points with a final score of 13-15.