Guzzi Scores Twice in 3-1 Field Hockey Triumph at Worcester State

Sabrina Guzzi
WORCESTER -- WPI's Sabrina Guzzi (Suffield, CT) scored two goals to help guide the Engineers to a 3-1 victory over Worcester State Wednesday evening at Coughlin Field. 
WPI (3-1) put a number on the scoreboard in the ninth minute when Guzzi collected the ball off a goalie deflection and tapped it into the goal for the 1-0 gain.  The Engineers doubled their lead just four minutes later when Amanda Richards (Wilmington, MA) passed forward to Abby O'Sullivan (Walpole, MA) on the right side, who gunned the ball across the goal for Guzzi to put a stick on and tally her second goal of the night for the 2-0 gain.
WPI's third goal of the game came in the 61st minute when Bridget Sullivan (Wilmington, MA) recorded an unassisted goal after she found herself in a scrum in front of the cage. Just one minute later, Worcester State's (2-2) Michaila Parent (Westborough, MA) collected her second goal of the season on an unassisted goal to put the Lancers deficit at two. Worcester State fought back in the last eight minutes of play as they fired off three shots and had a penalty corner opportunity, however, they were unable to follow through with a comeback. 
Parent tallied a game-high three shots on net in the loss. Both Guzzi and Carly Cidado (Easton, MA) notched two shots on net apiece, while Worcester State's Sophia Monopoli (Worcester, MA) logged two for the Lancers. 
WPI's Karen Mushrall (Mariaville, ME) earned her third win in goal, turning away 7-of-8 shots on net. Worcester State's Kathryn Salemme (Boxborough, MA) was tabbed with the loss in a four-save performance. 
Worcester State outshot WPI by a 15-14 edge. Ten of Worcester State's 15 shots came in the second half, and held a 12-2 advantage in penalty corners throughout the match. 
WPI broke Worcester State's 3-game winning streak against the Engineers by defeating the Lancers 4-3 a year ago. The series is 5-5 over the past 10 years.
The Engineers resume action Saturday with a noon NEWMAC opener at Wellesley. Worcester State hosts Western Connecticut State University in a 4pm Little East Conference (LEC) game, lso on Saturday.
Release Courtesy Worcester State Sports Information