Nighthawks Fall to NECC Rival Bay Path in One Love Game

Photo Credit: Dylan Foran
Photo Credit: Dylan Foran

MEDFORD, Mass. - Wildcats junior Kaylee Herring (Worcester, Vt.) finished with a game-high six goals, while also contributing four ground balls and three caused turnovers as the Bay Path University Wildcats defeated the Newbury Nighthawks, 21-4, on Thursday evening at Hormel Stadium Facility.

Herring's six-goal outburst moves her to second in the NECC goal-scoring race; she sits at 45 on the season. Senior Dallas Jackson (Springfield, Mass.) was all over the stat sheet, scoring four goals while adding six ground balls, six draw controls, and two forced turnovers. Senior Brenna Roy (Stafford Springs, Conn.) and sophomore Megan McKenna (Bennington, Vt.) both finished with hat-tricks.

Nighthawks sophomore Isabelle Pafford (Greenland, N.H.) netted all four Nighthawks goals; resetting the Nighthawks single-game program record. Pafford also added five ground balls and three draw controls. Freshman Mackenzie Tourville (Pawcatuck, Conn.) finished with five draw controls and two forced turnovers. Freshman Angel Ortiz (Topsham, Maine) added a career-high three ground balls.

For the first time in program history, the Nighthawks would be the team to strike first and take their first lead of the season on a Pafford goal just 1:54 into the game.

The Nighthawks held on for nearly two minutes before the trio of McKenna, Jackson, and Roy gave the Wildcats a 3-1 lead.

Pafford answered just over a minute later to get the Nighthawks back to within one, but Jackson and three straight Herring goals increased the Wildcats lead to 7-2.

Another program first as Pafford's third goal of the game at 13:20 of the first half would be the first man-up goal in program history, cutting the deficit to 7-3.

Before the half, Herring added two, as did Jackson and McKenna, with only a Pafford goal in between the Wildcats run, who led 14-4 at the half.

In the second half, the Wildcats netted seven more, including one from Roy, two from the Wildcats second-leading goal scorer, Elena Helming (Maplewood, N.J.), and the first goals of the season for Taryn Karol-Chik (Bridgewater, Mass.) and Elizabeth Pavlidis (Torrington, Conn.) all adding to a 21-4 Wildcats win.

Wildcats freshman Kristina Tran (Agawam, Mass.) takes credit for the victory, making five stops in a full 60-minute effort. 

Nighthawks freshman Keely Molloy (Staten Island, N.Y.) made 21 saves and now sits atop the New England Collegiate Conference in saves this season with 154.

The victory moves the Wildcats to 4-8 (3-5 NECC) while the loss drops the Nighthawks to 0-11 (0-6 NECC). 

The Nighthawks have two games remaining in their inaugural season and celebrate Senior Day in their next game on Saturday afternoon against Becker College at 1:00 p.m. at Hormel Stadium.

As for the Wildcats, their NECC schedule is over and their final game is next Wednesday at Green Mountain College at 4:00 p.m.