March 21, 2006
Aston, Pa. - Neumann College's Kolleen Kitzinger scored five goals to lead Neumann to a 13-7 triumph over Chestnut Hill College Tuesday evening in a frigid and blustery afternoon of women's lacrosse action.
The Knights (2-2) broke a two game losing streak while the Griffins' (0-3) losing streak extended to three.
Although the Griffins controlled the tempo in the early going, scoring in the first minute of the game, Neumann countered with a double pair of quick goals taking an early 4-1 lead in the first 15 minutes of play.
Chestnut Hill's Stephanie Carlyle opened the days scoring with a free position goal at 29:14, but the Griffins were unable to ignite off of the spark. Neumann answered with four consecutive goals, the first by newcomer Gabby D'Ambrosio at the 25:03 mark. Seconds later, Samanatha Lafferty capitalized off a Chestnut Hill turnover caused by Brandy McCreary, which gave the Knights the lead at 24:13. Less than six minutes later the two Knights teamed up again, this time reversing roles as McCreary received a pass from Lafferty for the 3-1 advantage. Neumann Knight Kolleen Kitzinger scored her first of five goals concluding the scoring streak at 15:47 after pocketing a pass from Michelle Coderre.
The two teams battled back in forth for the next four minutes with both teams adding points to the board. However, Neumann pulled ahead once again going on a 5-goal scoring run to regain complete control of the field.
Chestnut Hill managed to break up the scoring frenzy with 5:05 left in the half after McCreary was called for a foul that led to a successful free position shot by Carlyle. The Chestnut Hill goal would close out the scoring in the first after with the Knights up by five (9-4).
Neumann opened the second half with four successive goals, the first by Kitzinger at 24:40 followed by the second and third goals, both unassisted, by Amanda Biagi. The fourth goal came at the hand of Gabby D'Ambrosio, her second of the day.
Late in the game, Mary Zupan made her first appearance between the pipes for the Knights as she took over for starting goaltender Caitlin O'Shea who had fives in net. Zupan worked to get herself grounded, shaking off the afternoon chill, but not before Chestnut Hill took advantage of the net newcomer. The Griffins' Katie Donovan capitalized on a Neumann turnover scoring at the 7:22 mark.
The Knights, led by Zupan, were able to shut down Chestnut Hill for the next 6 minutes, but could not prevent Tiffanie Stanton from breaking through the line and capitalizing on an in-front of the net cluster shot which cut the Knights lead to six and ended the game 13-7 Knights.
Neumann will pick up their schedule Saturday with PAC action at home against
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