March 4, 2008
West Palm Beach, FL.-- Neumann College scored eight goals in a 20-8 loss to Wittenburg University Tuesday morning. Junior Gabriela D'Ambrosio (Mt. Laurel, NJ./Holy Cross) had half of the goals for the Knights and Caitlin O'Shea faced over 40 shots in net.
Neumann was off to a sluggish start and the Tigers pounced on the chance to score four goals early in the first half. Gabby D'Ambrosio opened the scoring for the Knights when she marched down the field for an unassisted goal. Despite an offensive onslaught from the Tigers, three other Knights were able to put up points. Colleen Finnegan (Pearl River, NY/Pearl River) had two and Rachael DiCicco (South Dennis, NJ/Middle Township) and Emily Kazaba (Claymont, DE/Brandywine) each scored one goal making the score 14-5 at the half.
After a much needed breather at the half, the Knights were able to get momentum to swing more in their direction. An overtaxed defensive unit was able to hold the Tigers to only six goals in the period while netminder O'Shea compiled ten more saves. Gabby D'Ambrosio wrapped up the scoring for the Knights with a second half hat trick.
Highlights of the game include 21 saves for O'Shea, four goals for D'Ambrosio and four caused turnovers and five ground balls for Sarah Poynter.
"We knew these games would be difficult," stated head coach Sarah Kurpel. "We're traveling without the help of four key returning players who are taking a breather after completing their winter seasons in Ice Hockey and Basketball. Even without their help though, we're still seeing daily improvements and making great progress. Training in Florida is a great experience for us and I know when we're full strength more things will go our way."
The Knights will face Villa Julie College on Thursday night at 7:30pm for their final game in West Palm. Conference play opens for Neumann against Immaculata University March 11, 2008 at Immaculata.
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