NEW LONDON, Conn. – Freshman Meghan Gazard (Ashland, Mass.) scored twice to help lead the Connecticut College field hockey team to a 5-3 non-conference win over Endicott on Monday evening at Silfen Field.
Gazard nearly put the Camels on the board in the opening minutes, but Gull defender Emily Graham was able to get in front of the ball and make a defensive save. The Camels, however, scored four goals in a span of 9:13 to break loose and never look back. Sophomore Kaja Hartwell (Hyde Park, Mass.) put the hosts on the board in the 22nd minute before Gazard caged an unassisted marker off a rebound in the 27th.
Sophomore Caroline Ferro (Wilton, Conn.) then converted a penalty stroke just 1:03 later and found Gazard for her second marker, which came on a redirected shot in the 31st minute of action. The Camels ended up outshooting the Gulls by a 13-7 margin through 35 minutes of action and took a commanding 4-0 lead into the break.
Endicott (10-3), however, did not go away and started to claw back in the second half. Jaylin Grabau found Kristen McCarthy to start slicing into the deficit in the 41st minute and then fired home an unassisted marker on a drive from the top of the circle just 5:46 later.
Despite surrendering a pair of goals, the Camels were able to put the game away when senior Jamie Navoni (Nortborough, Mass.) took a pass from junior Sophie Pollinger (Summit, N.J.) and finished with a hard shot of her own from the top of the circle in the 65th minute. A goal by the Gulls' Addi Williams was too little and too late, allowing the Camels to hang on for the win.
Freshman Jackie Mountford (Sherborn, Mass.) picked up the victory for Connecticut College by keeping the visitors off the board in the first half and making five saves. Taylor Farrin suffered the loss despite making 15 saves for Endicott.
Connecticut College (3-9) will play its final home game of the season when it hosts nationally-ranked Tufts on Saturday at noon.