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Olympian Phaidra Knight visits the UNH Women’s Rugby Club

by The Charger Bulletin | September 22, 2014

By Annalisa Berardinelli

Senior Sarah Alley founded the University of New Haven Women’s Rugby Club in the spring 2014 semester. The club has slowly grown to 37 members and is actively competing in matches. The two coaches, Ray Peterson and Alycia Washington, have been training and educating the team about the sport in order to help them play safely, as well as become strong competitors.

Phaidra Knight visited the UNH Women's Rugby Club

Phaidra Knight visited the UNH Women’s Rugby Club (AP Photo)

Coach Peterson was able to connect with international-athlete Phaidra Knight through his many connections made during his rugby career.

As a result, on Thurs. Sept 18, the UNH Women’s Rugby Club had Knight come to practice. She plays for the USA Women’s National 15’s Team, has played in five different World Cups all over the world, and was deemed USA Rugby’s Player of the Decade in 2010.

Knight also was a member of the USA Women’s National 7’s Team until 2009 and is now trying to become one of the first women to compete on the Rugby 7’s Team in the Olympics in Brazil 2016.

The UNH Women’s Rugby Club invited Yale to come practice with them in order for them to benefit from the experience and advice from Knight. Having her come to practice was truly an amazing experience for both teams. She spoke to them about overall wellness, practicing safely, yet intensely, and about her love for the game. She then stayed for the entire two hours of practice to help the team in various drills and give advice on techniques and plays.

Becca Sicco, the Secretary for the UNH Women’s Rugby Club, commented on what it was like to have Knight come to practice. “Just listening to Phaidra talk, whether it was about rugby or just life in general was inspirational,” Sicco said. “It was amazing that she even took the time to come and help us out at practice, I know it meant a lot to the girls and me. She helped us so much with our techniques and we really learned a lot from her. I can’t wait to hopefully see her play in the Olympics!”

The UNH Women’s Rugby Club is rapidly developing and doing everything they can possibly do to become the best they can possibly be. Their current record is 1-1. The next match is Oct. 5 on Kayo Field at 4:30 p.m. against UCONN.

Women’s Rugby tackles their first game

by The Charger Bulletin | September 17, 2014

By Annalisa Berardinelli

The UNH Women’s Rugby Club is new to the University of New Haven. The growing team of 25 hit the ground running Sunday, Sept 14 in their first match against Southern Connecticut State University.
Though the team suffered a loss, each player played extremely well. During the first half, Cecelia Cacciatore, one of the two captains, ran the ball quickly up the field for multiple gains. Maria Albini, the other captain, used her prior knowledge of the game to lead the team and help everyone to get where they needed to be in order to succeed.

Photo of UNH Women's Rugby (Photo provided by Annalisa Berardinelli)

Photo of UNH Women’s Rugby (Photo provided by Annalisa Berardinelli)

On the defensive side, Stephanie Werner executed explosive tackles, shocking herself, the crowd and the other team.

The Southern team, a team also full of new players, scored three quick tries, breaking through the UNH defense. Quickly, UNH rebounded and filled in the gaps. Sarah Alley showed her true colors in the second half, tackling and fighting for the ball with every ounce of energy left in her body. Her aggression earned her the title Man of the Match.

The final score of the game was 33 Southern, UNH 0. The team hopes to learn more and improve as the season goes on.

The next match is tentatively scheduled for Sunday, Sept 21 at Connecticut College.

No. 10/11 West Chester Holds off Chargers, 35-30, in Season Opener at DellaCamera Stadium

by Charger Athletics | September 10, 2014

WEST HAVEN, Conn. – Before a crowd of 3,291 fans at Ralph F. DellaCamera Stadium, the University of New Haven football team was edged in its season opener, 35-30, by No. 10/11 nationally-ranked West Chester. Joey Bradley (Issaquah, Wash./Issaquah / University of North Dakota) went 32-for-48 for 311 yards with one touchdown in addition to a rushing touchdown in his first career start for the Chargers. The outing marked the first game at the helm for Head Coach Chris Pincince.

Chargers score a touchdown!  (Photo by Erica Naugle / Charger Bulletin Photo)

Chargers score a touchdown! (Photo by Erica Naugle / Charger Bulletin Photo)

Following the narrow defeat, the Blue and Gold start the 2014 campaign at 0-1. West Chester, which reached the NCAA National Semifinals last season and is picked by the conference’s coaches to win the PSAC East this fall, moves to 1-0. The Chargers maintain an 8-6-1 lead in the all-time series. Today’s contest was the ninth meeting between the two clubs to be decided by one possession (eight points or fewer).

The game also featured a 75-minute weather delay at the tail end of the third quarter as a severe storm passed through New Haven County.

Bradley’s 32 completions and 48 passing attempts are the most by a New Haven quarterback since Ryan Osiecki went 37-for-61 at Southern Connecticut State on Oct. 2, 2009. DeeJay White (Brooklyn, N.Y./Sheepshead Bay / Bowling Green State University) was the recipient of seven balls for 83 yards, while Henry Adegunle (Rockaway, N.Y./Channel View) reeled in six passes for 54 yards and a score. Also on the outside, Ty Headen (Newark, N.J./American History) snagged five passes of 44 yards.

Brandon Fowler (Prospect, Conn./Woodland Regional / Connecticut) added three receptions, and Isaiah Austin (Sicklerville, N.J./Timber Creek) and Roshawn Wilson (Miami, Fla./Miami Southridge) each caught two. Rounding out the action for the receiving corps was Courtney Moshood (Miami, Fla./Miami Palmetto) with a 16-yard catch.

Out of the backfield, Andre Anderson (New Haven, Conn./James Hillhouse) and Trevor Officer (Monroe, N.Y./Monroe-Woodbury) had three grabs apiece for 34 and 30 yards, respectively. Officer was New Haven’s leading rusher with 42 yards and a touchdown, while Anderson picked up 32 yards and a score on the ground and Moshood scampered for 14 yards on an end around.

Defensively, three players making their New Haven debuts led the way. Matt Zakrzewski (Traverse City, Mich./Saint Francis / Indiana) made a team-best 10 tackles to go along with a fumble forced and recovered. Tarik Pusey (Brooklyn, N.Y./Abraham Lincoln / Rhode Island) also pounced on a pivotal fumble in the fourth quarter, and Matt Olivo (Carteret, N.J./Saint Joseph) reeled in an interception.

Tyler Condit (Caldwell, N.J./James Caldwell) added eight tackles from the linebacker position, and Dave Calderon (Neptune, N.J./Neptune) picked up a sack.

For West Chester, quarterback Sean McCartney went 17-for-31 for 262 yards with four touchdowns to four different receivers. The Golden Rams’ defense was led by D2Football.com Preseason All-America Al-Hajj Shabazz, who had an interception, recovered a blocked punt for a touchdown and later blocked a second punt.

The Golden Rams got on the board first, opening a fast-paced first half with a six-play, 84-yard touchdown drive. McCartney hit Mike Doty with a 38-yard strike to stake the visitors to a 7-0 advantage.

The Chargers responded in kind with an eight-play, 61-yard march to paydirt. A Bradley screen to Anderson for 26 yards was the big play on the drive, which ended with Bradley sneaking the ball over the line from one yard out.

After New Haven came away with the first defensive stop of the contest, the Blue and Gold scored again for the first of six lead changes in the game. The Chargers stormed into the red zone once again but, after a holding call erased a touchdown, settled for three points as Anthony Greenfield (Bloomfield, N.J./Paramus Catholic / Wagner) split the uprights on a 32-yard field goal to put the Blue and Gold on top, 10-7, with 5:03 to play in the opening quarter.

Olivo’s interception squashed the ensuing West Chester drive, but New Haven went three-and-out on its next possession and the snap on the punt attempt sailed over Greenfield’s head to put the Golden Rams in business at the New Haven eight-yard line as the first quarter expired.

After the squads moved to the other end of the field, McCartney connected with Shawn Driggins for a four-yard touchdown to put the visitors back in front, 14-10.

Each offense would stall in its next three possessions before New Haven took the lead once again. This time the drive consumed 3:34, spanning 10 plays and 80 yards, as the Chargers picked up five first downs through the air before Anderson finished off the march on the ground from three yards out. The Chargers did not convert the extra point but remained in front, 16-14.

West Chester would take a lead into the locker room, however, as McCartney hit Tim Brown with a 31-yard touchdown pass in the final minute of the half. At the whistle, the visitors held a 21-16 advantage.

New Haven went three-and-out to open the second half, and West Chester’s Jeremy Irving broke through the line and blocked the ensuing punt from the Chargers’ end zone. Shabazz fell on the loose ball and, following the extra point, West Chester held the contest’s largest lead at 28-16.

The Chargers were undaunted by the special teams miscue, as they immediately set off on a 75-yard drive to paydirt. Bradley completed his final five passing attempts of the march, capped by a 29-yard hookup with Adegunle for a touchdown.

West Chester appeared poised to return the favor, as a McCartney scrambled would have set the Golden Rams up with a first down inside the red zone. However, Zakrzewski stripped the ball from the West Chester signal caller and recovered it to give possession back to the Blue and Gold.

The New Haven offense capitalized on the turnover, as well as an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty against the visitors at the end of the possession change. The Chargers would benefit from a second unsportsmanlike conduct flag and a 15-yard pass interference call on the march, capped by a three-yard plunge from Officer. After the extra point, New Haven grabbed a 30-28 lead with 2:41 to go in the third quarter.

The Golden Rams responded quickly on their next drive as a 44-yard McCartney bomb to Erick Brundidge put West Chester back in front, 35-30, with 21 seconds left in the third quarter.

At that point, inclement weather halted the contest for 75 minutes.

Neither team would score again when action resumed, but the final 15 minutes of play were not lacking for drama. The period began with a Shabazz interception, but New Haven held on third-and-two from midfield to regain possession.

The Golden Rams, however, would get a stop and blocked another punt – this time with Shabazz getting his mitts on the ball – to set themselves up with a first down at the New Haven 21-yard line. West Chester would surge to a first-and-goal situation at the two-yard line before a big goal-line stand for the Chargers.

The defensive line stepped up to stifle Eddie Elliott in the backfield for a loss of three and, on the next play, Pusey jumped on an Adam Dempsey fumble to give New Haven another chance on offense.

The New Haven offense marched back down the field with 6:35 left and 94 yards away from paydirt.  Bradley would connect on four straight passes to move toward midfield, but the Chargers soon faced a fourth-and-eight situation at their own 45-yard line. Adegunle was unable to haul in a ball dropped in between a trio of West Chester defenders, and the visitors reclaimed possession on downs.

The Chargers defense would hold on the next drive, using their timeouts and forcing a punt. The boot off the foot of Rich Bruno settled again at the six-yard line, forcing New Haven to once again drive 94 yards – and this time with just 69 seconds to play.

A series of short completions moved the Blue and Gold as far as their own 32-yard line before Drew Formica came up with a strip and recovery to end the drive with just 28 ticks left. West Chester took one snap in victory formation to escape DellaCamera Stadium with a 35-30 decision.

The Chargers return to the gridiron next Saturday, Sept. 13 to open the Northeast-10 Conference slate at LIU Post. The Pioneers also stand at 0-1 after ceding 20 unanswered points to fall to East Stroudsburg, 43-35, in their home and season opener this afternoon.

New Haven returns to the Blue and Gold turf on the following Saturday, Sept. 20, to welcome Assumption for a 1 p.m. kickoff.

Chargers Chosen Atop Northeast-10 Coaches’ Preseason Poll

by Charger Athletics | September 3, 2014

SOUTH EASTON, Mass. – The two-time defending Northeast-10 Conference champion University of New Haven women’s volleyball team was voted atop the 2014 NE-10 Coaches’ Preseason Poll, as announced today by the conference office. The Chargers have won four NE-10 Championships and six consecutive NE-10 regular season crowns in their six seasons as a member of the conference.

New Haven seeks third consecutive NE-10 crown this fall (Women’s Volleyball / Photo provided by Charger Athletics)

New Haven seeks third consecutive NE-10 crown this fall (Women’s Volleyball / Photo provided by Charger Athletics)

The Chargers acquired 10 first-place votes from the conference’s 15 head coaches and received 191 total points to head the poll. Three first-place tallies went to second-place Bentley, while Adelphi and Saint Rose each received one first-place vote to put them at third and fourth place, respectively.

New Haven enters the 2014 season – the 21st campaign for Head Coach Robin Salters ‘91 – with an all-time record of 88-0 in the Northeast-10 regular season.

The Chargers begin their 2014 slate with four non-region matches at the FSC/Terrace Hotel Classic hosted by Florida Southern on Sept. 5-6. Action comes to Charger Gymnasium for the first time on Saturday, Sept. 13 as New Haven opens its NE-10 slate against Franklin Pierce as part of a tri-match that also features non-conference opponent Queens

I’m not a racist but….

by The Charger Bulletin | May 7, 2014

By Simone Quartey, Contributing Writer

If there is one phrase that I would like to irradiate from existence it would be, “I’m not a racist but…”

Donald Sterling, former owner of Los Angeles Clippers (AP Photo)

Donald Sterling, former owner of Los Angeles Clippers (AP Photo)

Why do you ask? Well, the answer is simple. It is normally followed by some bigoted and unfounded generalization about black people, gay people or any oppressed minority in general. The phrase is normally used to cloak someone from my critique regarding their offensive view point.

Another phrase that needs to burn in the depths of hell is, “Some of my best friends’ are-

Nope…

Nada…

Nein…

I do not want to hear it. If you have to convince me of it, it is probably not true.

In the wake of the April 2014 being the month of all things racialized and race-related (i.e. Cliven Bundy and Donald Sterling), I would like to bring attention to these phrases because I want us to abolish old crutches and get to the root of the issue.

I have heard a lot of commentary from friends, classmates and family about the two latest issues involving race in America. So, what better way to weed through the murky weeds of this touchy subject by taking things one step at a time? Let us begin, shall we?

Being “friends” with or “in a relationship” with a member of a historically oppressed minority does not absolve you from racism.

In light of the Donald Sterling controversy, I think it is imperative for this to be emphasized. Why? Because when the story first broke, I spoke to a few people and read commentary online that suggested somehow that Sterling may not be a racist because his former mistress is a woman of color.

First of all, deep sighs all around. Is that really a thing now? Are we so ignorant to our own history that that is a line of defense? Far before Donald Sterling became the Patron Saint of Plantation math (i.e. the profiting off black male labor+ the exploitation of black women= pray you don’t multiple), there was Thomas Jefferson and Strom Thurmond who perfected the art form.

Yes. There are many historic accounts that reveal the depths to which Jefferson viewed black people as inferior, despite fathering multiple children with his black slave, Sally Hemings. The odd part of this whole arrangement was that he owned her. She was his piece of property. Does this negate the fact that he did great things like writing the Declaration of independence, no. However, by modern standards, the man was a racist and a slave owner a thousand times over. Of course, I can understand those were different times; what can I say? Many of our great men were flawed.

Though it does illustrate the hypocrisy in the fact that a man who gave us “All men are created equal” fathered children that, in his eyes, were not his equals, either in his eyes or the eyes of the law during his lifetime.

The same can be said for Strom Thurmond, the now deceased Senator, who fathered a black woman, Essie Mae Washington out of wedlock. Mind you, Essie Mae Washington’s mother, Carrie Butler was the 16-year-old maid in the Thurmond household, but that is a different story.

Yes, the same Strom Thurmond who filibustered the 1964 Voting Rights Act for 14 hours and 13 minutes.

Interesting how that works.

That is not to compare Mr. Sterling’s relationship with his alleged mistress to these previous examples. Ms. Stiviano has autonomy over her life that Sally Hemings and Carrie Butler did not. She chose to enter a relationship with this man, even though he was sued by the Department of Justice for housing discrimination.

Nor do I mean to compare Mr. Sterling to a slave owner. However, the cognitive dissonance between being racist and having sexual relations with the very group you discriminate against are similar.

Racism is by definition the viewing of one race to be inferior to your own.

It is a loaded term that means a lot more than merely disliking someone else because they belong to another race. It means you view them as other, subhuman or not equal to you.

There is a systematic, and there has been from the dawn of our Republic, exploitation of African Americans at the economic behest of a privileged power structure. We may play for basketball teams, make a lot of money, hell even have a Black President, however that does not mean racism is dead.

This is how Mr. Sterling can own a basketball team in a league that is 80 percent black and still be racists.

Our nation was unfortunately built this way. Who do you think built the monuments in D.C and the very White House at the epicenter of our nation’s capital? It was not paid labor, that’s for sure. Yet Cliven Bundy, the Nevada rancher, experienced when he ponders out loud if black people would have been better off as slaves.

Like slavery was a walk in the park…ok there, pal. It’s 2014. People still talk like this. Huh. So much for that “post-racial” society talks…

Reverse racism is not a thing.

There are people in power, whether it is an admissions office, the U.S Senate or corporate America that can systematically bar people from gaining opportunities in this country. The worst part is that we may not know it publically, but they may secretly harbor these views. How many men in power with the ability to shape my destiny as a student, potential law student and lawyer think the way Mr. Sterling does? It is a frightening thought.

There are institutional facts like legacy enrollments at Ivy League institutions, a last name like Astor or Vanderbilt and generations of wealth and power that have not been accessible to oppressed minorities in any way. Oppressed minorities like gay people or women or Native Americans do not have centuries of advantages. Only recently have they gained any access to opportunities that have been afforded to others for centuries.

It is like we are all running a marathon, but some start the race a mile ahead. So while an oppressed person can be bigoted or prejudice, can they be racist? Hmm. That’s another story. Minorities are considered the inferior, while members of the dominant culture are considered the default. So calling me a racist for pointing this out speaks more to levels of your own discomfort with engrained privileges afforded by just being born than it does to my experiences or perceptions.

Just because you do not call me the N-word does not give you a pass.

You may in fact have preconceived notions of me when I walk through the door, like people have had of me before.

Yes, I listen to Bach and Mozart.

Yes, I read as a hobby and yes, I took AP courses in High School.

No, I did not grow up in the “ghetto.” Whatever that means…

Yes, my favorite band is the Beatles.

I am not a special snowflake. I am not different than “other uneducated blacks”, as I have been told growing up.

No, I did not live in a hut or swing from trees (I lived in Ghana for a time, so this was a popular question during my high school days)

No, I do not sound “white” over the phone, whatever that means.

Being uncomfortable being in a room full of black people, with no consideration of what it must be like to often be the only face of color anywhere (i.e. school, my neighborhood, and clubs) is odd. Why?

Being the “other” every day of my life is my existence. I cannot remove my gender or my race and pretend. Nor can I “get over” the fact that I had the cops called on me as I was canvassing for Environmental conservation last summer because I look suspicious. Do I?

A petite girl wearing a University of New Haven t-shirt knocking on doors for donations. Okay. What is suspicious looking about me?

However, I was harassed, had my ID checked and had to wait for my field manager to pick me up and take me back to the office. Mind you, I was canvassing in a neighborhood only an hour from my own.

Have you ever been through that? Will you ever go through that? I was forced to quit volunteering for a cause I loved due to multiple incidents like this.

So the next time you feed me a line about “reverse racism” or “Some of my best friends are…” or “I dated a black guy, so I’m not racists”, ask yourself:

Are our experiences and opportunities in life the same?

Do I view people as less than myself due to your race?

Take a walk in my shoes.

Oh! Wait, you can’t. So like I said; nope, nada, nein. I do not want to hear it.

The best way to combat racism is to acknowledge it exists and it always will. Until we actually level the playing field and face what the real issues are, the Donald Sterlings and Cliven Bundys that have deluded themselves into thinking they are not racists, will always exist.

Time heals all wounds, but scars remain. In order to move to a much more harmonious future, we must make peace with our acrimonious past.

 

 

Softball Honors Four Seniors, Sweep Double Header

by Sean Malone | April 30, 2014

Today was the last pair of regular season home games for a couple of Chargers. The four players were seniors, Brandy Dianno, Meghan Charmoff, Brooke Fisher and Lindsey Couturier. All four players ended their careers on a high note with a solid afternoon.

Women's Softball (Charger Athletics Photo)

Women’s Softball (Charger Athletics Photo

Game one had sophomore Victoria Cabral on the mound and in control from start to finish, keeping Dominican in check, not allowing a run the entire game.

In the bottom of the second inning, Dianno hit a one-out triple to center and was brought home by junior Jess Spivey later in the inning.

Freshman Gabby DeLeo had a fantastic game one, scoring sophomore Jen Palase in the second inning, and hitting a solo shot homerun in the fifth to give New Haven a 3-0 lead.

Later in the fifth, Couturier doubled to left center scoring Dianno and giving the Chargers a 4-0 lead, and the overall final score; UNH taking game one easily.

Game two had sophomore Nicole King on the mound for the New Haven, and gave all four seniors a solid game to round off a couple of great careers.

Fisher reached on a single and was brought home by Cabral to take a 1-0 lead. Later with two on, Couturier hit a monstrous home run to right-center field scoring Dianno and Devline, taking a 4-0 lead.

That homerun was Couturier’s eleventh on the season, putting her one shy of tying the conference record.

In the fourth, Dianno scored two runs off a single to right, giving UNH a 6-0 lead.

King allowed one run in the fifth and sixth inning respectively, but secured the win in the seventh. The final score was 6-2, New Haven.

UNH secured the southwest division in the NE-10 and will host the NE-10 postseason tournament.

Chargers get revenge, beat Owls 4-1

by Sean Malone | April 30, 2014

After suffering a frustrating 1-0 loss to Southern earlier in the year, the Chargers knew they had to get out ahead early, and they did just that.

Men's Baseball (Charger Athletics Photos)

Men’s Baseball (Charger Athletics Photos)

The game on April 16 began with the Chargers putting three runs on the board in the top of the first inning. Senior Chris DeMorais started things off with an RBI single scoring freshman, Tom Walraven.

Two batters later, junior Zach Collett hit an RBI single himself extending the Charger lead to 2-0. Right after that, sophomore TJ Riccio hit a sacrifice fly to centerfield scoring senior Brendan Buckley.

Due to poor field conditions, the Chargers got to face the Owls on Frank Vierra field at UNH; however, Southern was second to bat, and played as the home team.

Later in the third, the Chargers added another in off the bat of Collett. He hit into a double play, but junior Brendan O’Reilly scored and put New Haven up 4-0.

UNH senior starter, Derek Drag, rolled from the start and kept the Owls in check. Drag held the Owls to six hits across seven innings and strike out four. Later senior Frank Villacha came in and threw the final two innings, allowing only one run to score. UNH won 4-1

Through 19 innings, the Chargers have held the Owls to only two runs scored. The next time these two teams face off will be April 29 at Southern, and will be the game that determines the season series between the two rivals.

 

Pair of late game winning goals keep Chargers perfect

by Sean Malone | April 9, 2014

For the first time since joining the Northeast-10, the University of New Haven Chargers Women’s Lacrosse team are 10-0 to start the season.

Women's Lacrosse Player/ Charger Athletics Photo

Women’s Lacrosse Player/ Charger Athletics Photo

On Wednesday, April 2, they had a tough road trip as they faced the number four Le Moyne Dolphins up in Syracuse, NY.

At halftime, the Chargers found themselves trailing the Dolphins 6-2 at the end of the first half.

New Haven Chargers began the second half with a huge response, going on a 5-0 run to take a one-goal lead.

The rest of the game continued with both teams trading punches, until Le Moyne’s Victoria Nies tied the game at 10 apiece with 7:11 minutes remaining.

What had been a high scoring second half slowed down for the next 6:30 minutes with neither team scoring a goal. However, with 19 seconds remaining in the game, senior Nicole McKee scored her third goal of the game to give the Chargers a one-goal lead.

The Chargers preserved the lead and win the game 11-10.

On Saturday, April 5, the Chargers faced Saint Anselm who was undefeated and receiving votes in the rankings.

Once again, the Chargers found themselves in a back and forth game. With 4:32 minutes left in the game, the Hawks took a one-goal lead; their first lead since the middle of the first half.

Senior Marissa Fisher scored to tie things up, and later, with nine seconds left in the game, sophomore Courtney Ackland scored and put the Chargers on top.

Junior Kathryn Campbell won the next draw and scored one last goal in the final second to give UNH an 11-10 lead.

 

Softball Sweeps Owls in Midweek 3-game series

by Sean Malone | April 2, 2014

The UNH Softball team is off to a strong start to the season so far, and continued to play strong as they faced cross-town rival Southern Connecticut State University in a rare mid-week, three game series.

Charger Athletics Photo

Charger Athletics Photo

The Chargers began March 25 with a record of 11-3 overall and 7-1 in the conference. The Owls entered play a decent 7-6 overall, but lost five of their last six games played.

The Chargers were shut out in the first two innings by Southern’s Jessica Val Alphen, but scored three runs in the third inning, knocking her out of the game.

UNH scored three more in the fifth and another in the sixth, making it a 7-0 lead for them going into the final frame.

Nicole King allowed one run in the final inning by walking in a run. The nine walks and one earned run were the only blemishes on the box score for King, as she threw a no-hitter to lock up the 7-1 victory for UNH in game one.

Game two would begin with a much faster start from UNH, as they scored three runs in the first inning. In the fourth, freshman Gabby DeLeo hit a solo shot homerun to give UNH a 4-0 lead.

After adding another two runs in the fifth, the Chargers hung on and, behind the pitching of Victoria Cabral, shut out the Owls for a 6-0 victory.

The Chargers outscored the Owls 13-1 on the March 25 double-header and looked to be in good shape heading into their March 27 matchup with the Owls. However, in a rivalry like the one between the Owls and the Chargers, anything could happen.

The game began scoreless until the fourth, when the Chargers took a 2-0 lead. It began to look a lot like the first game played on March 25 with Nicole King on the mound again for the Chargers.

Southern had other ideas, however, and pulled off a huge four-run fifth inning. This put the Chargers in a two-run hole, and it was also be the first time they trailed Southern all series.

In the seventh inning, the Chargers tied things up off an RBI single by Lindsey Couturier, tying the game up at four each.

Neither team scored again until the tenth, when Southern took a two-run lead off an RBI double by Julie Muscarella, who would later score that inning. Down two again with their backs against the wall, the Chargers stepped up.

Couturier hit a sacrifice fly to left field, scoring Julie Delvin to cut the Southern lead to just one. The next at bat, Jess Spivey, slapped a single up the middle and scored Brandy Dianno once again, tying the game at six.

Southern didn’t go away, however, as Nicole Buch doubled to left center, bringing home Kelly Mitchell. The top of the eleventh ended with Southern up 7-6, but the game ended half an inning later with a different score.

Jen Palase scored because of an error by Southern’s second baseman Giuliana D’Arcangelo, and tied the game at seven a piece.

Couturier came up later in the eleventh, and after being a major part in both the seventh and tenth inning runs, there was no surprise she would play a big role this time at bat. She singled to left field, bringing home Meghan Chamoff for the walk of victory at North Campus.

The Owls had multiple chances to put away the Chargers, but UNH showed great resilience by not going down no matter how many times they fell behind in the final game.

Charger Chat

by Sean Malone | April 2, 2014

 Senior women’s lacrosse player Marissa Fisher

Charger Athletics Photo

Charger Athletics Photo

Sean Malone: You and your team are off to a great start , 7-0 so far. Talk about this experience.

Marissa Fisher: This year, we have come out with such a great first half of the season, and like you said, we are 7-0. I have never been on this team when we are 7-0. It is a happy place right now.

SM: You beat both Stonehill, who was ranked ninth in the nation, and Dowling who is very good as well. Talk about those wins.

MF: All teams within the North region are amazing; they are always [good] competition. The fact that we beat both of them is incredible, and I am proud of my team for doing that. Both are very hard teams; all four of my years here they have been such good competition, and again it was a great feeling that we beat them.

SM: What was the key in those games?

MF: It starts with defense and goes all the way through to attack. We work really hard to make sure that on both ends everyone feels comfortable with what they are doing. We trust everyone on the team holding the ball. We have three freshman and we still trust them all to hold the ball. It is a really good feeling, and the fact that we are all comfortable with each other makes the team what it is.

SM: You mentioned the youth on this team. There are a lot of young players on this team with sophomores like Courtney Ackland and even your sister, Corrine Fisher. How is it playing in college with your sister? Is it cool or do you have a rivalry with each other?

MF: My sister is incredibly talented. The only rivalry we have is when we run during practice and she tries to beat me.

SM: Can she beat you?

MF: Oh yeah, she is so fast. Even through high school, playing with her has always been so much fun. I think we connect really well and I trust her completely with every decision she makes.

SM: You mention the speed of your sister. Who is faster, her, Kathryn Campbell, or Brittany Ast?

MF: Brittany Ast.

SM: Do you guys ever consider moving her up to midfield where you can take advantage of her speed more?

MF: No, she is a phenomenal defender. We need her on defense, and we need her speed on defense. What if we are playing against an attacker who has speed too? We need speed there. She does a really good job of running up and down the field though, don’t get me wrong; she transitions the ball for us a lot, which is such a good asset for us.

SM: Talk about how it feels to be a leader on the team when there are a lot of young players on the team.

MF: We actually have a bunch of leaders on the team. It is not just one or two people, the whole team is pretty good at leading. Any of the underclassmen can ask any of the upperclassmen any questions, and we all have the same answers, which is great because it means we are all on the same page. That’s a really, really good thing with such hard competition coming up.

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