Bears Earn First NEWMAC Win in Program History

Brenna Farrington
Brenna Farrington

NORTHAMPTON, Mass. – Coast Guard earned their first New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) win in program history as they topped Smith 21-15 Saturday afternoon.

With the win, the Bears improve to a program record 6-1 overall and 1-0 in conference play while the Pioneers take their first loss of the season dropping to 3-1 on the season and 0-1 in the NEWMAC.

Freshman Brenna Farrington broke numerous records on the day scoring a career high nine goals. That is now the most goals and points in a single game by any player in program history. She also breaks Niki Krugers' record of 29 goals in a single season from 2015, pushing her total to 37 on the year. Farrington leads the NEWMAC with 37 goals this season and is second with 38 points. As of March 22nd, she was tied for 24th in division III in goals per game.

Senior Daria McKenna finished with six points of her own on three goals and three assists. She now has 60 career goals and 89 career points moving her within 11 of 100 career points and becoming the first player in program history to reach that milestone. Freshman Haley Howard had two goals and two assists while classmate Marietta Davis tallied four goals of her own.

Smith was led by freshman Kaitlin Chiu who finished with six points on five goals and one assists. Senior Caroline Myran notched four goals sophomore Bella Ferraro had two goals and an assist and senior Julia Hamilton scored two goals.

It was a tight first half before the Bears broke the game open at 4-4 with a 7-2 run capped off by a goal from Farrington with 8:04 remaining in the first period making the score 11-6.

Smith however closed the gab right before halftime as they scored four unanswered goals, including two with less than a minute to play in the period, moving the Pioneers within one (11-10).

After Smith tied the game (12-12) on a goal from Ferraro with 27:11 remaining in the game, Coast Guard took complete control of the contest, scoring nine of the final 12 goals to lock up their first conference win in program history.

Freshman Rebecca Dolan (5-1) made six saves allowing 13 goals. She is third in the conference with a 10.96 goals-against average. Classmate Mary Budri finished the game, allowing two goals and making six saves.

Senior Sarah Price (1-1) made 13 saves and allowed 21 goals.

Coast Guard is back in action on Tuesday, March 27th when they travel to Chicopee, Massachusetts to take on Elms College. Opening draw is 5:00 PM.

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