WORCESTER -- Freshman Abby O'Sullivan (Walpole, MA), the reigning NEWMAC Field Hockey Offensive Athlete of the Week, posted a hat-trick in a 6-0 WPI triumph at Clark Tuesday night at the Granger Field Hockey Complex.
The Engineers improve to 7-2 and 2-1 in NEWMAC and the Cougars slip to 5-6 and 1-3.
WPI scored four first half goals for a commanding and comfortable lead early in the contest. Eight minutes and 11 minutes into play, O'sullivan tallied back-to-back goals off of assists from senior Amanda Richards (Wilmington, MA). Both goals were scored off of penalty corner opportunities for the Engineers. Freshman Kaitlyn Hess (Milford, NH) fought her way through a sea of Clark defenders to extend the visitor's lead to 3-0 with 15 minutes to play in the first half. O'Sullivan tallied her third and final goal of the night before the halftime break as sophomore Suzy Opalka (Harvard, MA) found her inside the 16-yard circle and she lifted the ball behind junior Dani Michaud (Providence, RI), the current NEWMAC Defensive Athlete of the Week, for the 4-0 lead. The Cougars were able to hold off WPI for the remaining ten minutes of the first half.
Michaud (4-6) made seven saves in net in the first half before freshman goalkeeper Kaite Crowley (Bolton, MA) hopped in goal for the Cougars at the start of the second half.
The Cougars and Engineers battled it out on both ends of the field for the first 13 minutes of the second half. Despite multiple close scoring opportunities for the Cougars, WPI was able to capitalize on a shot from Clark freshman Chase Collier (Lisbon, ME) that they rebounded and carried down to the opposite end of the field. Sophomore Carly Cidado (Easton, MA) escaped from the Cougar defense and found the back of the net to extend WPI's lead to 5-0.
With less than a minute of play on the clock both teams did not let up. Clark junior Olivia Barksdale (Fort Washington, MD) got the home team's final shot of the night off but was just wide of the net. It was the Engineers that capitalized on the final scoring opportunity with a goal from Richards in the 69th minute of play for the final 6-0 victory.
Crowley made eight saves in the relief effort and Engineer junior Karen Mushrall (Mariaville, ME) made five saves in 48 minutes of play and improves to 7-2 this season. Sophomore Emily Wilson (Malvern, Penn.) came in for 21:30 and did not have to make a stop for the visitors.
WPI outshot Clark 33-10 and was awarded nine penalty corners while the Cougars had none.
The Engineers head to Wheaton and Clark heads to nationally-ranked Babson Saturday as part of the NEWMAC field hockey coaches Play 4 the Cure event. Both games are slated for a noon start.
Release Courtesy Clark Sports Information