Women’s lacrosse pulls away late over Molloy


Photo courtesy of Tyler Wells

The women’s lacrosse team in a huddle against Molloy College, West Haven, March 24, 2022.

The No. 18 New Haven women’s lacrosse team took home a 21-12 victory against Molloy College on Thursday night after pulling away in the fourth period. It was a back-and-forth contest throughout as the Lions continued responding to the persistent New Haven attack.

The win comes off a tough 19-6 loss against No. 3 Adelphi University last Tuesday, where the Chargers were overcome by a strong Panthers attack.

Molloy jumped out to an early 3-1 lead as they netted two consecutive goals to break the tie. The Chargers then went on a run of their own, as goals from junior attacks Camryn Antler and Annie Aquavita and senior midfield Marina Skelly gave New Haven the lead at the end of the first.

It was the start of a big night for Antler who went on to lead the team in scoring with a career-high of six goals.

The two sides traded leads in the second quarter, as goals from Antler and freshman attack Reagan Bailey broke the ties. Sophomore midfield Cypress Levitt added another goal to open a two score lead before Molloy once again responded, bringing it even at seven.

Annie Acquavita lines up for a penalty against Molloy, West Haven, March 24, 2022. (Photo courtesy of Tyler Wells)

Just before the first half ended, Skelly and Levitt connected again to give the Chargers a two goal lead going into the break. The momentum carried into the second half, as it was Skelly and Antler who gave New Haven their biggest lead of the night. Sophomore attack Kyra Sparks capped the scoring run, tallying her first goal of the season to extend the lead to four.

Despite responses from the Lions, New Haven maintained their lead until the end of the third quarter, heading into the final period with a four goal advantage, which iswhen the Chargers began pulling away.

Three goals from both Antler and Reagan paced the 7-0 scoring run, opening up a 10 goal lead with time winding down in the fourth quarter. When the final buzzer sounded, the Chargers walked away with a 21-12 win.

The Chargers were led by a balanced scoring attack, with Antler leading the way with six and Reagan tallying five. Skelly also added four and Levitt finished with three. Sophomore goalkeeper Gabby Buscemi made 11 saves on the night to help anchor the New Haven defense.

Camryn Antler drives against Molloy College, West Haven, March 24, 2022. (Photo courtesy of Tyler Wells)

New Haven returned to action on Saturday as well, this time in an away matchup against the College of Saint Rose. While they dropped the game 9-8, Skelly scored a goal to earn her 100th career point. She currently sits at 90 career goals, looking to become the 18th player ever to reach the 100 goal mark in program history.

Skelly will have an opportunity to add to the totals when New Haven travels to Syracuse, N.Y. for a matchup against No. 6 Le Moyne College on Wednesday at 3 p.m. More information on the schedule, along with live stats and streams can be found at NewHavenChargers.com.