NEW LONDON, Conn. – Junior captain Jamie Navoni (Natick, Mass.) scored six goals and won 12 draws to help lift the Connecticut College women's lacrosse team to a 15-13 victory over Lebanon Valley on a cold Tuesday afternoon at Silfen Field.
Connecticut College found itself trailing by a 2-1 score six minutes into the contest after Emma Jones scored consecutive goals, but the Camels ended the half on a 4-0 run to move ahead by the recess. Senior Anna Jorgensen (Ridgewood, N.J.) set up two markers and then cashed in on a free position shot to give the Camels a 5-2 advantage through 30 minutes of action.
The Dutchmen, however, came out firing in the second half and netted five unanswered in a span of 5:13 to regain the lead. Jones, Kirsten Bannan and Makenzie Kelly all netted free position markers to make it 7-5 in favor of the visitors.
Despite surrendering the lead, the Camels rallied and most notably used netted five goals in a row to take control. After a Dutchman player was sent off with a yellow card, sophomore Kirby Heffrin (Marblehead, Mass.) provided what arguably would prove to be the dagger when she finished a pass from senior Annie Cornbrooks (Wilton, Conn.) to give the hosts a 12-9 cushion with 13:33 left. The visitors would never be able to recover, and the Camels would hang on to notch their first win of the season.
In addition to scoring six goals and winning 12 draw controls, Navoni also finished with four ground balls and three caused turnovers to lead the way for the Camels. Jorgensen racked up seven points on three goals and four assists, while senior Megan Mullin (Sudbury, Mass.) made four saves between the pipes. Connecticut College also outshot its opponent by a 42-19 margin, had a 24-15 advantage in ground balls, won 19 of the 30 draws and only allowed the Dutchmen to successfully clear the ball 12 times on 26 attempts.
Jones scored eight goals to pace Lebanon Valley (2-2), which converted all 10 of its free position shots to stay in the game. She also won a team-high four draw controls. Makenzie Kelley netted a hat trick, and goalie Leah Franklin had a strong day by contributing 15 saves, picking up four ground balls and causing two turnovers.
Connecticut College (1-1) continues a four-game homestand when it hosts No. 4 Middlebury on Saturday, March 10 at noon.