by Benny Benton
MURFREESBORO, N.C. – Barton College freshman goalie Katherine Mattena set a program record for saves in a game Wednesday against Chowan University with 18.
Unfortunately for the Lady Bulldogs, the performance came as the Salt Lake City, Utah, resident faced a barrage of 30 attempts on goal from the Hawks while her team played short-handed due to injuries.
Barton (3-4, 1-2) played the entire match down one player, the final 15 minutes down two and two penalty minutes down three. As a result, the Lady Bulldogs had few opportunities on offense and often left Mattena with little chance between the pipes in the 12-3 Conference Carolinas loss.
BC did collect two man-down goals from freshman Brooke Lonergan, who now has eight on the season, and another from fellow freshman Angelina Scarpa. Aryanna Fahnestock and Rebecca Fraser provided assists in the match, and Fraser won four draw controls.
In addition to her saves, Mattena led the squad both groundballs (7) and caused turnovers (5). Lonergan registered four groundballs and four caused turnovers, while Fraser gained three groundballs and four caused turnovers.
Heather Orell and Alexandria Hammonds both had three goals to pace Chowan (4-4, 3-1).
Barton hung tough through the first half, trailing just 5-2 after Lonergan's second goal with 6:20 left in the period. Chowan added one more goal before intermission to go to the break leading 6-2, but Scarpa scored the first goal of the second half for BC to again pull the Lady Bulldogs within three at 6-3.
However, the Hawks scored two more goals while holding the one-man advantage, and tacked on four more after it became a two-man advantage.
Chowan goalie Emily Bush stopped eight Barton shots, including all four free position shots, to help the Hawks keep BC at bay.
Barton will play its first home match in a month on Friday night at 7 p.m. against league foe Lees-McRae College before hitting the road Sunday for a contest against conference preseason favorite and nationally-ranked No. 6 Limestone College.