Late Goal Dooms Field Hockey in 1-0 Loss to City Rival Clark

Liz Dufresne

Worcester, MA --- Host Clark University got the game-winning goal from senior Erin Murphy (Boxboro, MA) with 1:14 remaining in regulation to lift the Cougars past crosstown rival WPI, 1-0, in New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) field hockey action on Saturday afternoon. 

With the win Clark improves to 8-3 overall, but more importantly, the Cougars move to 2-2 in league play. The Engineers, meanwhile, now stand at 8-5 overall and 2-3 in conference action. 

Most of the game was played in Clark's offensive end and Cougars peppered WPI netminder Liz Dufresne (Worcester, Mass.) with 17 shots, while Clark keeper Kate McGrath (Wilmington, Mass.) - aided by a strong defense that didn't allow an Engineer shot - registered her third shutout of the season. 

The game, which was interrupted midway through the second half because of lightning, picked up in intensity following the weather delay. 

Clark had 13 of their 17 shot attempts in the second half and Murphy finally broke through, taking a feed from classmate Meghan Lennon (Charlton, Mass.) and beating Dufresne with her third marker of the season.

Dufresne was outstanding in the cage for the Engineers, turning back nine shots. 

The Engineers will look to snap their skid on Tuesday when they host conference-leading Mount Holyoke, while Clark entertains Springfield on the same night.

Release courtesy Clark Sports Information