And that would be the Hornets’ last lead of the night. Settling down, the C-NS defense frustrated F-M’s young attackers, and goalie Bri Stahr kept making big stops, finishing with six saves on the night
Yet even when C-NS took the lead on goals by Kelly Lippert, Meghan Duffy and Tiffany Ryan, it could not seize control, as F-M’s senior back line of Sara Falso, Ella Chapman, Gabriela Gorgoni and Amara Pulver protected Deveau, and the Hornets only trailed, 5-3, at halftime.
But within a 50-second span early in the second half, Haven, Samantha Tortora and Bryar Cummings would all find the net.
When Haven scored again two minutes later, F-M suddenly trailed 9-3, and never quite recovered, though it kept on fighting, pulling within 10-6 on Primo’s third goal with more than 14 minutes to play, but going quiet for the next 13 minutes as Ryan and Cummings combined for three late goals before Stube and Amanda Cramer scored in the last minute.
F-M will lose its defensive core to graduation, along with Primo, Tejan and Stube, but the return of Deveau, Cote, Trop, Pulver and Meg Kincaid in 2015 should keep the Hornets a serious contender.