WORCESTER – WPI senior Sabrina Guzzi (Suffield, CT), freshman Kaitlyn Hess (Milford, NH) and sophomore Bridget Sullivan (Wilmington, MA) scored within the first 18:31 in a 3-2 NEWMAC field hockey victory over Springfield Saturday in Alumni Stadium.
The Engineers up their record to 6-2 and 1-1 while the Pride are now 5-4 and 0-2. It is the program's first win versus Springfield since a 1-0 home triumph on September 28, 1999 and 11th-year head coach Lisa Moreau's first versus her alma mater in 14 tries.
The game was part of a tripleheader honoring the football, field hockey and men's soccer teams that made the 1992 NCAA tournament.
Guzzi knocked home a rebound at 3:16 and Hess buried a feed from senior Amanda Richards (Wilmington, MA) at 7:11. Sullivan made it 3-0 with a bid following a block at 18:31.
Springfield snapped the shutout at 33:39 when senior Maggie Kennedy (Clay, NY) deposited a pass from senior Dani Sweet (Charlton, MA). The Pride pulled within one at 69:22 as sophomore Belle Copponi (Dover, MA) found the bottom right corner with an assist by classmate Taylor Conley (Yarmouth Port, MA). The guests had another chance thanks to a penalty corner with time expired only to have a foul called, ending the game.
Both teams are on the road Tuesday as WPI is at Clark at 6pm and Springfield is at Mount Holyoke at 7pm.