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Claremont Mudd Scripps 14 Connecticut College Navoni Scores Twice in Home Opener for Camels

Claremont Mudd Scripps 14 Connecticut College Navoni Scores Twice in Home Opener for Camels

NEW LONDON, Conn.—Emily Cohen (Seattle, Wash.) had four goals and two assists to lead the Athenas of Claremont Mudd Scripps in a 14-6 victory at Connecticut College Thursday.  Corie Hack (Manorville, N.Y.) and Madison Geary (Orlinda, Calif.) scored three goals each for CMS.

The visitors improved their record to 5-1. The Camels, who played a much closer second half after falling behind 9-2, fell to 0-2. 

Connecticut College senior defensive tri-captain Haley Crimmins (Wilton, Conn.) had three ground balls and a pair of caused turnovers in her home opener. Classsmate and fellow captain Tina Balzotti (Duxbury, Mass.) chipped in with three goals for the hosts while junior tri-captain Annie Cornbrooks (Wilton, Conn.) finished with one assist and a pair of ground balls.

Sophomore Jamie Navoni (pictured, Natick, Mass.) netted a pair of second half scores while adding four draws.  Hannah Donegan (Great Falls, Va.) added a goal and an assist while junior Madison Barker (Boston, Mass.) posted seven draws.  Julia Loesch (Charlotte, N.C.) dished out a game-high three assists in the contest for the hosts in the loss. 

Junior net-minder Teresa Despres (Boston, Mass.) made six saves in her return to New England. Meg Raskin (Westwood, Mass.) stopped seven shots in the opening half for the hosts.  Junior Megan Mullin (Sudbury, Mass.) made four saves in relied duty for the Camels.

CMS built a 3-0 lead in the opening half but when Cornbrooks assisted Donegan for a score with 10:28 remaining, the Camels had trimmed the deficit to 4-2. But the Athenas answered with a 6-0 run, five of those scores were netted in the closing 7:26 of the first stanza. Hack flicked one in with 4.4 seconds left before intermission to make it a 9-2 game at the break. 

Navoni added some octane to the Camel offense in the second half, scoring twice in a span of 5:50. The talented sophomore scored the biggest goal of the fall season for the Camel field hockey team in their 1-0 win against the fifth ranked team in the nation, Tufts.  Caitlin Mahoney (Wellesley, Mass.) set up the Camels fifth goal, collecting a ground ball and creating an unsettled opportunity for Loesch, who drove and dished to Balzotti for the senior's second goal of the day to pull the Camels to within 10-5 with 20:41 remaining.

But the Camels could not get any closer and the Athenas were able to hang on for the 14-6 win.