St. Mary's City, Md. – The fourth-seeded St. Mary's College of Maryland women's lacrosse team rallied late in the second half and outscored No. 5 seed Christopher Newport University, 6-2, in the final 20 minutes, but CNU held on for a 9-8 win over the Seahawks in the first round of the 2014 Capital Athletic Conference Women's Lacrosse Championship Tournament.
The 2014 campaign comes to a close for the Seahawks with an 8-9 (4-3 CAC) overall record while CNU (10-7), who is in its first year in the CAC, advances to Saturday's tournament semifinal matchup with top-seeded Salisbury University.
The Seahawks found themselves down 7-2 with 22:48 remaining in the game when junior attacker Christy Bishop (Glenwood, Md./Glenelg) sparked a 4-0 run with back-to-back goals in under a minute for to close the gap to 7-4 at 19:28. Both Bishop's goals resulted from her pressuring sophomore goalie Hanna Slough (Henrico, Va./Mills E. Goodwin) on the clear and causing two turnovers.
Sophomore midfielder Tori Poffenberger (Sharpsburg, Md./Boonsboro) had a hand in the next two goals of the 4-0 run, scoring one at 16:00 and assisting first-year attacker Abbey Harrison (Easton, Md./Easton) on hers for a 7-6 contest at 13:23.
First-year midfielder Meaghan Galvin (Arlington, Va./Yorktown) converted on a free-position shot to give Christopher Newport a two-goal lead at 11:16 but the goal was disallowed due to the stick being illegal. Senior attacker Ashton Marshall (Round Hill, Va./Foxcroft School) put the Captains up by two with her fourth goal of the day at 7:07.
Just over a minute later, Bishop pulled St. Mary's within 8-7 before senior attacker Jessica Singer (Herndon, Va./Herndon) found the back of the net off a Galvin assist for the eventual game-winner at 5:35. The Seahawks won the ensuing draw and generated several offensive opportunities but could not capitalize until Bishop struck again as time expired.
Bishop finished the game with a game-best four goals while Poffenberger tallied a game-best five points on her eighth hat trick and two assists.
Poffenberger notched two of the game's first two goals on free-position shots to give St. Mary's a 2-1 lead at 14:06. The Captains responded with a 4-0 run to close out the half and take a 5-2 advantage into halftime.
St. Mary's outshot CNU, 31-19, and edged the visitors, 18-15, in ground balls as Bishop added career-bests of five ground balls and three caused turnovers. The Captains notched a 10-9 margin in draw controls.
Marshall paced Christopher Newport in the win with a game-best four goals while first-year midfielder Erin Callahan (Vienna, Va./James Madison) contributed two goals and an assist.
Sophomore goalie Kayla Dunn (Rockville, Md./Good Counsel) finished the game with six saves while Slough came up with 11 stops, including eight in the second half, to keep the Captains' playoff run alive.
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