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May 1, 2013

New Haven Eliminates Bentley from Northeast-10 Playoffs, 18-14

WEST HAVEN, Conn. – Fourth seeded New Haven used a game closing 7-4 run to pull away from fifth seeded Bentley University for an 18-14 victory over the Falcons in the first round of the Northeast-10 Women's Lacrosse Championships on Wednesday.

Kathryn Campbell, Kristina Curry and Courtney Ackland each had four goals for the Chargers, who advance to play Le Moyne in one of Saturday's semifinals. Juniors Carolyn Kynoch (Ashland, Mass./Ashland) and Chelsea Larivee (Amherst, N.H./Souhegan) each had three goals for Bentley.

After trailing 11-8 early in the second half after two straight New Haven goals, Bentley reeled off three unanswered to tie the game at 11 at the 20:16 mark, the first tie since 2-2 six-plus minutes into the first half. Jackie Brown (Brookfield, Conn./Brookfield), Taylor Bastien (North Kingstown, R.I./North Kingstown) and Kelsey Howard (Scarborough, Maine/Scarborough) had the goals.

But the Falcons could never get in front, as New Haven responded with a 3-0 run of its own. Senior Natalie Lieberman had the last two goals of the run to give them a 14-11 advantage with 14:17 to play.

Bentley would score two of the next three goals to cut its deficit to 15-13 with 10:50 remaining. But after neither team scored for the next five-plus minutes, New Haven scored two big goals to lead 17-13 with just over four minutes left, proving too big a comeback for the Falcons to muster. Curry found the back of the net at the 5:03 mark, and Campbell at the 4:05 mark.

The first half saw each team go on runs, but ended with New Haven leading 9-6 at the break.

Bentley jumped out to an early 2-1 lead, but the Chargers proceeded to go on a 5-0 run from that point. Ackland had three goals during the run, and four total in the first half, to give them a 6-2 lead with 15:17 left in the half.

Minutes later a free-position goal by New Haven's Campbell gave them an 8-3 advantage, but Bentley responded with a 3-0 run to cut the deficit to 8-6. Cori Geiger (Agawam, Mass./Agawam), Megan Wiggins (Acton, Mass./Acton-Boxborough) and Kynoch had the goals, with the last one coming from Kynoch with 2:08 left in the half.

But Ackland's fourth of the half with 1:09 remaining made it 9-6 for New Haven after 30 minutes.

Bentley, ranked 13th in Division II and sixth in the North Region this week, falls to 11-7.

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