Newport, RI --- Visiting WPI scored the first six goals to take a 6-2 decision over the Salve Regina field hockey team to begin the 2018 season in non-conference action Saturday afternoon.
WPI sophomore Abby O'Sullivan (Walpole, MA) scored twice and dished out two assists while freshman Angie Ferro (Northboro, MA) scored her first collegiate goal and handed out an assist. Carlee Irish (Saratoga Springs, NY), Natalie Mohn (Huntington, VT) and Carly Cidado (Easton, MA) also found the back of the net for the Crimson and Gray and Kaitlyn Hess (Milford, NH) picked up an assist. Salve Regina junior Ashley Cody (Pawling, NY) scored both goals for the Seahawks.
The turning point was when the Engineers scored on a long distance shot from Carlee Irish (Saratoga Springs, NY) at the buzzer of the first half. Then scored three more unanswered to open the second half to take a commanding 6-0 lead.
Senior goalkeeper Karen Mushrall (Mariaville, ME) made one save and allowed one goal in 60:42 of action to pick up the victory for WPI She was replaced by Ali Gannon (Fremont, N.H.) who played the final 9:19. Ally Daly (Peabody, MA) started between the pipes for the Seahawks and made four saves while allowing the six goals in the loss.
WPI held a 24-17 advantage in shots and 10-5 in shots on goa while the Seahawks had an 11-5 edge in penalty corners.
The loss snaps a streak of seven straight season opening victories for the Seahawks and gives WPI a slight 5-4 advantage all-time in the series.
WPI travels to face Simmons on Tuesday at 6pm. Salve Regina hosts Worcester State on Wednesday at 6pm in another non-conference matchup.
Release Courtesy Salve Regina Sports Information