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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.

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.

Women’s lacrosse upsets number nine Stonehill, 16-7, jumps to number seven in the rankings

by Sean Malone | April 2, 2014

After beating number 14 Pfeiffer down in Arnold, Md., the Chargers looked to continue their winning streak as they faced number nine Stonehill back in West Haven. The game began with Maya Syzmanski and Courtney Ackland scoring a goal each, the fourth of the season for both of them.

Kelsey Shannahan cut the lead in half, making it a one-goal lead.

Courtney Ackland scored again unassisted, followed by Nicole McKee scoring back-to-back goals in less than twenty seconds time. Ackland and Campbell provided assists on the play.

Mikayal Couch scored a goal, but for the third time in the first half the Chargers went on a multi-goal run against Stonehill. This run consisted of four goals coming from Nicole Belanger, McKee, Marissa Fisher and Kathryn Campbell.

After trading one goal each to start the second half, the Chargers ran off three goals, going on another run with two of the three goals being scored by Nicole McKee once again.

Stonehill scored a goal, and UNH answered with one of their own. For the first time in the game, Stonehill would string together a few goals and go on a three-goal streak, cutting the lead to 14-7. However, with five minutes remaining after the third goal, there was not enough time left to comeback. Kathryn Campbell and Nicole McKee added two more goals before the final whistle, as the Chargers dominated the Skyhawks and won by a final score of 16-7.

Following that strong win over Stonehill, the rankings placed the Chargers seventh. On April 2, they face number four Le Moyne on the road in Syracuse, N.Y., in what is expected to be a tough matchup.

 

Three Chargers Earn NFL Opportunities

by Charger Athletics | May 1, 2013

WEST HAVEN, Conn. – For the first time since the program returned to the gridiron, the University of New Haven football team had three student-athletes invited to NFL teams following the 2013 draft on Saturday.

Photo provided by Charger Athletics.

Wide receiver Jason Thompson (Indiantown, Fla./South Fork ) signed a three year contract with the Washington Redskins as an undrafted free agent, while defensive lineman Raheem Stanley (Hartford, Conn./Weaver ) and quarterback Ryan Osiecki (Seymour, Conn./Seymour / Univ. of Louisville) were invited to rookie mini camps with the Kansas City Chiefs and New England Patriots, respectively.

“I’m very happy for them,” said head football coach Peter Rossomando. “They have committed themselves to getting better every day and I’m positive their NFL experience’s will be fulfilling. The entire Charger football family wishes them luck as they begin this chapter of their careers.”

Thompson’s career numbers included 36 touchdowns and 2,511 yards on 132 catches. He ranks among the top insecond in receiving touchdowns and receiving yards, while finishing fifth in receptions in the UNH record books.

Stanley finished his career with 141 total tackles, including 18 tackles-for-loss. As a senior, he was named the NE-10 Defensive Player of the Year with 40 total tackles, nine tackles-for-loss and two sacks.

Osiecki, New Haven’s all-time leader in nearly every passing record, concluded his career with an amazing 91 touchdown passes, 9,572 passing yards and 754 completions.

Previously, New Haven’s had two players drafted in the NFL, Miles McPherson (1982) and Harry Boatswain (1991). Five players have appeared in a NFL regular season game, including the previous two, Fred DiRenzo, Roger Graham and Phil Bogle.

The Redskins will hold rookie minicamp this week, from May 4-6, while the Chiefs and Patriots host minicamps next week, May 11-13 and May 10-12.

 

Yale Springtime Invitational

by Samantha Mathewson | May 1, 2013

The New Haven women’s track and field team recorded 27 personal bests in their final meet prior to next weekend’s Northeast-10 Outdoor Track & Field Championships.

Photo by Samantha Mathewson

Junior Monica Yanez and senior Shraya Manick each established a new UNH women’s track and field record Sunday, April 28, at the Yale Springtime Invitational.

Yanez met a NCAA provisional qualifying standard and topped her own program record in the 400-meter hurdles with a third-place time of 1:02.49 minutes. The junior also ran to a third-place finish with a personal-best time of 14.86 seconds in the 100-meter hurdles.

Junior Ada Udaya recorded first-place times in the 100-meter and 200-meter dashes. She reached NCAA automatic qualifying standards in the 200-meter dash with a time of 23.76 seconds, also a personal best, and broke the tape with an NCAA provisional qualifying time of 11.71 seconds in the 100-meter dash.

Udaya also ran the second leg of the victorious 4×100-meter relay team. She was joined by sophomore Briana Conyers, senior Alissa Howell and freshman Marshae Holt, running a collective time of 47.29 seconds.

Sophomore Ivy Watts also won the 400-meter dash with a time of 57.36 seconds, also a personal best for Watts.

Holt also recorded top-nine finishes and personal bests in both the 100-meter and 200-meter dashes.

In the field, Manick also recorded a personal best in the discus as a part of a strong day in the throwing events. She posted a 41.81-meter toss in the discus and a 48.49-meter heave in the hammer throw, achieving second place in both. Manick also placed third in the shot put on Sunday with a throw of 11.60 meters.

Freshman Amy Park placed third in the javelin with a personal-best throw of 35.12 meters.

Also excelling field events was sophomore Tiara Mitchell, who claimed first place in the triple jump with a leap of 11.54 meters. Mitchell also finished sixth in the long jump. Howell placed sixth in the triple jump with 10.06 meters, and shared third place with Conyers in the long jump with 5.25 meters.

On the men’s side, the team saw 16 personal bests.

Graduate student David Thomas won two events for the Chargers. Thomas won the 100-meter dash with a time of 10.72 seconds and broke the tape in the 200-meter dash at 21.88 seconds, both NCAA provisional qualifying marks.

Junior Christopher Dannenhoffer set personal bests in both the 200-meter and 400-meter dashes, finishing seventh in the 400-meter race. Sophomore Nazim Roberts-Smith ran the 400-meter dash with an eighth-place time of 51.47 seconds.

Freshman Taylor DenBleyker also reached two personal standards, placing second in the 400-meter hurdles with a time of 56.18 seconds.

In distance events, freshman Sean Grady led the way with a fifth-place time of 4:01.02 in the 1,500-meter run. Senior Arnold Lane, freshman Chad Messam and Devin Rose all reached personal bests in the 800-meter dash.

In the field, freshman Jordan Rippe set three personal records in throwing events, led by a third-place heave of 13.22 meters in the shot put. Rippe also had his best collegiate showings in the discus and hammer.

Freshman Ato Pinkrah also set a personal record with a fourth-place mark in the long jump of 5.96 meters.

The Chargers will return to action at the Northeast-10 Outdoor Track & Field Championships. The two-day event will be held at American International College in Springfield on Friday, May 3, and Saturday, May 4.

 

Chargers Compete at Princeton University

by Samantha Mathewson | April 24, 2013

The men’s and women’s track and field team traveled to Princeton University, N.J., to compete in the Larry Ellis Invitational with an array of Division I teams.

Graduate student David Thomas won the long jump with an NCAA provisional qualifying leap of 7.26 meters and was the top collegiate finisher in a pair of sprints to the lead the men.

On the track, Thomas placed second in the 100-meter dash with a time of 10.71 seconds and finished second in the 200-meter dash with an NCAA provisional qualifying time of 21.44 seconds.

The Chargers also got strong performances in the hurdles from freshman Taylor DenBleyker, who improved to sixth in the NE-10 with a time of 57.33 in the 400-meter hurdles and raised his standing to ninth in the conference with a time of 16.03 seconds in the 110-meter hurdles.

The women’s team recorded five top-10 finishes at the meet.

Sophomore Ada Udaya led the way with a victory in the 100-meter dash, with a time of 11.89 seconds. Udaya was the lone sprinter to break the tape in less than 12 seconds, and attained a NCAA Division II provisional qualifying standard with her time.

Freshman Marshae Holt logged a personal best in the 100-meter dash with a time of 12.46 seconds.

Udaya was also a member of the 4×100-meter relay team, running the second leg alongside sophomore Briana Conyers, senior Alissa Howell and Holt. The foursome ran the fastest time to date in the NE-10 this spring with a sixth-place finish at 47.78 seconds.

In the 100-meter hurdles, junior Monica Yanez earned a fifth-fastest time by a NE-10 student-athlete this season at 15.04 seconds.

Conyers led the way in the field, placing second in the triple jump with a distance of 12.03 meters to meet the NCAA provisional qualifying mark, topping 14 Division I opponents.

On Friday, April 19, thrower Shraya Manick (senior) started the action with a pair of top-10 finishes. Manick placed sixth in the discus with a throw of 41.27 meters, as the top Division II competitor. She also placed 10th in the hammer throw, placing second among Division II student-athletes and topping 11 Division I throwers with a distance of 49.63 meters. Her performance in the discus was the best in the NE-10 this outdoor season and her throw in the hammer was the conference’s second-longest heave of the spring.

The Chargers will compete at two Ivy League institutions next weekend, traveling to Philadelphia for the Penn Relays on Saturday, April 27, and West Haven on Sunday, April 28, for the Yale Springtime Invitational.

King Throws No-Hitter, Softball Sweeps Le Moyne

by Charger Athletics | April 17, 2013

SYRACUSE, N.Y. – University of New Haven freshman softball pitcher Nicole King (Front Royal, Va./Warren County) threw her first collegiate no-hitter with 13 strikeouts in the nightcap of a two-game sweep of Le Moyne College Saturday afternoon. The rookie is the first to throw a no-hitter at UNH since Alana Wesche (Oxford, Conn./Naugatuck) did on April 25, 2011.

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The Chargers took the opening game, behind great pitching from senior Micah Stonesifer (Archer City, Texas/Archer City / Vernon College), 3-2, in 10 innings. King’s no-hitter came in a 6-0 shutout in game two.

New Haven improved to 24-8 overall and 7-3 in the Northeast-10 Conference Southwest Division. The Dolphins fell to 10-13 overall and 4-6 in divisional play with the two losses.

Game One

The Chargers fell behind early in the opener of the four-game set in Syracuse, N.Y. The Dolphins scored two runs off two hits in the bottom of the second inning to take the advantage. New Haven was then held scoreless for the next five innings. UNH managed just six base runners with three in scoring position during the stretch. Defensively, with solid pitching from Micah Stonesifer (Archer City, Texas/Archer City / Vernon College), the Chargers also held Le Moyne scoreless through the next five innings. She struck out six batters and allowed just six base runners. Also contributing to the defensive effort was catcher Brooke Fisher (Erial, N.J./Camden Catholic) who gunned down two base runners during the five inning span.

In the top of the seventh, Meghan Chamoff (Roslyn Heights, N.Y./Herricks) led off with an infield single to the third baseman. Two batters later, Christina Gelardi (Derby, Conn./Derby) went opposite field with a homerun to even the score at 2-2. UNH retired the side in the bottom of the seventh and the game went into extra innings.

Both teams managed three base runners in the eighth and ninth innings, but no runs and the game headed into the 10th inning. With the speed-up rule in effect, Erika Williams (Oneida, N.Y./Oneida) opened the 10th at second base. Two sacrifice hits later, and the Chargers took a 3-2 lead. Keri Tricinelli (Brick, N.J./Monsignor Donovan) hit the eventual game-winning sacrifice foul fly to right field to drive in Williams.

In the bottom of the 10th, Le Moyne advanced its runner to third off a groundout, but Stonesifer threw her 12th strikeout of the game and Jess Spivey (Holland, Pa./Council Rock) grabbed an unassisted groundout to seal the extra-inning win for UNH.

Gelardi went 2-for-3 with two RBI and one run, while reaching base on 4-of-5 total at-bats. Spivey went 2-for-4 and Chamoff went 1-for-3 with one run scored.

Stonesifer improved to 9-4 on the season with the complete game victory, her ninth of the season. She allowed seven hits and two runs while walking four and fanning 12.

Game Two

Freshman pitcher Nicole King (Front Royal, Va./Warren County) threw her first collegiate no-hitter for the Chargers in the nightcap. The Front Royal, Va. native fanned 13 of the 26 batters she faced and walked just two. In her eighth win of the season, she also fanned six of the 13 batters looking.

With no runs in the first two innings, the nightcap went into the third tied 0-0. In the top of the third, Spivey laid down a sacrifice bunt to drive in the Chargers go-ahead and eventual game-winning run. After reaching on a hit by pitch, Gelardi scored the run for UNH.

The bottom of the third and fourth innings also went scoreless as the Chargers held on to a narrow 1-0 lead. In the bottom of the fourth Le Moyne managed three base runners, but a foul-fly ball ended the inning with bases loaded.

In the top of the fifth, the UNH offense got back on track with two more runs off one hit. Lindsey Couturier (Dighton, Mass./Dighton Rehoboth Regional) singled up the middle while Gelardi and Brandy Dianno (Philadelphia, Pa./Nazareth Academy) both scored to give UNH a 3-0 lead. The Chargers retired the side in the bottom of the fifth and carried the three-run advantage into the sixth.

New Haven put two more runs on the board with three hits in the sixth. Brooke Fisher (Erial, N.J./Camden Catholic) drove in Gelardi and Dianno again with a single to right field with two outs, giving New Haven a 5-0 lead. King walked the first batter in the bottom of the sixth inning, but a line out and two strikeouts from King kept New Haven ahead 5-0.

 

In the final inning, Sadie Redman (Bangor, Maine/Bangor) scored one more run for UNH off a throwing error by the first baseman. In the bottom of the seventh, with the no-hitter still in play, King struck out the side to seal her first collegiate no-hitter.

Offensively, Gelardi weent 1-for-1 with two runs, two walks and a hit by pitch. Fished was also perfect with one hit plus two RBI. Couturier also boasted multiple RBI, while four others chipped in with at least one hit.

 

Pace Edges Chargers, 8-6, in 10 Innings

by Charger Athletics | April 17, 2013

WEST HAVEN, Conn. – Brendon Buckley’s two-out RBI triple in the bottom of the ninth sent the University of New Haven baseball team into extra innings against visiting Pace on Wednesday, but the Setters struck in the 10th frame to take an 8-6 decision at Frank Vieira Field.

With the loss, New Haven falls to 16-9 overall and 4-2 in the Northeast-10 Southwest Division. The Setters claimed sole ownership of first place in the division at 5-1 as a part of a 19-9 overall mark. The Chargers took game one of the three-game series, 4-1, on March 27 in Pleasantville, N.Y.

Buckley’s game-tying three-bagger plated Stephen Clout (Bristol, Conn./Bristol Eastern), who had just sent a 2-2 pitch down the left field line to single home Kyle Cullen (Dumont, N.J./Dumont) and cut the margin of 6-5.

The Setters stranded Buckley on third base to keep the game alive and scratched across a pair of unearned tallies in the top of the 10th. Ian Wutkitsch had an RBI during the extra stanza.

Chris DeMorais (West Hartford, Conn./Conard) doubled to lead off the home half of the 10th inning, and Zach Collett (Westbrook, Maine/Westbrook) worked a two-out walk to bring the winning run to the plate, but Pace’s Neil Pezzullo came out of the bullpen to get the final out and clinch the 8-6 win for the visitors.

DeMorais led the Chargers’ offense with a 3-for-5 showing at the plate and two runs scored. Cullen hit a third-inning triple as a part of a two-hit, two-run day. Clout and Nick Nunziato (Setauket, N.Y./Ward Melville) each drove in two runs.

On the basepaths, Buckley and Collett each picked up a stolen base.

Taylor Candage started on the mound for New Haven and ceded four earned runs on eight hits in four innings of work. Joey Royer (Westbrook, Maine/Cheverus), Frank Vilacha (Dartmouth, Mass./Dartmouth), Jason Lewicki (Milford, Conn./Foran) and Peter Jay (Shelton, Conn./Shelton) came out of the bullpen and hung zeroes on the board for the next five frames as the Chargers mounted their comeback.

Jay, who struck out the side in a perfect ninth, also worked the 10th inning and took the hard-luck loss to fall to 0-1 despite not surrendering an earned run.

Edward Byrne notched the win out of the Pace bullpen with one inning of work, improving to 3-1. Pezzullo, whose seven prior appearances were all starts for the Setters, recorded his first save with his four-pitch appearance to end the contest.

The Chargers trailed by as many as five runs at 6-1, with a Clout RBI groundout in the third inning serving as the only offense in the early stages of the game. New Haven plated two more in the fourth inning on a two-out, two-run single by Nunziato and scored again in the sixth stanza via an RBI groundout from Andrew Johnson (Branford, Conn./Branford / Wheaton) to set the table for the team’s ninth-inning push.

Today’s game began a four-game homestand and a string of nine consecutive Northeast-10 Southwest Division contests. The Chargers host Le Moyne for a 3 p.m. game on Saturday and a noon doubleheader on Sunday.

 

McKee Nets Five, Leads No. 15 Chargers to 13-5 Victory Over Merrimack

by Charger Athletics | April 17, 2013

WEST HAVEN, Conn. – University of New Haven junior attacker Nicole McKee (Wantagh, N.Y./MacArthur) scored a game-high five goals and led the nationally ranked No. 15 women’s lacrosse team to a 13-5 victory over visiting Merrimack College Saturday afternoon at Kayo Field. The Wantagh, N.Y. native was one goal shy of her season best mark and improved her total this year to 35.

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The Chargers improved to 6-6 overall and 4-3 in the Northeast-10 Conference with the victory. The Warriors dropped to 3-9 overall and 2-4 in conference action with the loss.

Over the first two minutes, UNH and Merrimack exchanged one goal each with McKee getting the Chargers on the board first. Natalie Lieberman (Manorville, N.Y./Eastport South Manor) then put New Haven ahead with two unanswered goals during a five minute stretch. Just 40-seconds later, Jenn Pino brought Merrimack back within one with an eight-meter goal, 3-2. New Haven then took control of possession and went on a 5-0 run to close out the first half. Lieberman scored a pair during the span, while McKee, Kathryn Campbell (Mansfield, Mass./Mansfield) and Courtney Ackland (Perth, Western Australia/Churchlands) also contributed to the scoring effort. UNH led 8-2 at halftime.

After leading by six at the break, the Chargers surrendered three of the first four goals of the second half and Merrimack narrowed the UNH advantage to 9-5 at the 20:17 mark. Ackland then sparked a 4-0 run for New Haven to close out the game and seal its sixth win of the season. McKee scored two during the stretch and Kristina Curry (East Meadow, N.Y./East Meadow) netted her 15th goal of the season. Nine second-half saves by Marissa McDermott (Longmeadow, Mass./Wilbraham & Monson Academy) kept the Chargers ahead by eight in the closing minutes of her fourth win this season.

New Haven held the advantage in nearly every statistical category Saturday. UNH led 29-22 in shots, 13-6 in saves and 23-20 in ground balls. It was an even lock with draw controls (10-10) and turnovers (14-14).

McKee added a team-best five draw controls and one ground ball to her stat line. Lieberman finished with four goals, one assist, one ground ball and a caused turnover. Ackland scored two, while Campbell scored one and dished out two assists. Brittany Ast (Glenwood, N.J./Vernon Township) led the defensive effort with three caused turnovers and team-best five ground balls. In goal, McDermott stopped 13 total shots on the afternoon, while facing 22 total shots.

 

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