WORCESTER – Abby O'Sullivan (Walpole, MA) notched a goal and an assist while Shannon Hynes (Auburn, MA) chipped in with what proved to be the game-winner as WPI remained unbeaten with a 5-1 non-conference field hockey triumph over visiting Lasell Tuesday evening.
The Engineers (8-0) are off to their best start since the magical 1992 campaign that boasts an 18-1 ledger and numerous WPI hall of famers. The Crimson and Gray are also now 3-0 all-time on Rooftop Field. The Lasers, who handed then-undefeated WPI (7-0) its first loss a season ago with a 4-3 overtime triumph in Newton, dips to 2-6 on the year.
WPI took the initial lead when O'Sullivan setup Bridget Sullivan's (Wilmington, MA) fifth goal of the season at 3:32. Mya Maxim (South China, ME) responded at 21:34 with an unassisted goal for Lasell. With time expired in the first half, Hynes finished off a penalty corner that saw Carlee Irish (Saratoga Springs NY) insert the ball and Holly Mason (Plymouth, NH) make the stick stop for the 2-1 advantage.
O'Sullivan then struck in the third for her 10th goal of the campaign, this time with help from Carly Cidado (Easton, MA) at 35:19. The Engineers later pulled away with a pair in the fourth thanks to Kaitlyn Hess (Milford, NH), from Angie Ferro (Northboro, MA), at 50:34, and Julia Vanderstreet (West Bridgewater, MA) at 57:59.
Maxim accounted for the Lasers' lone shot on-goal while Sam Taylor (Hanover, MA) also took a shot for the guests. Sofia Rodriguez (Peabody, MA) stopped 14 shots in the first 45 minutes and Chloe Shugrue (Worcester, MA/SPM) halted three in the remainder of the contest.
Ali Gannon (Fremont, NH) did not have to make a save for the Engineers who outshot the Lasers 38-2 and were awarded 11 of 13 penalty corners.
WPI moves back to Alumni Stadium Friday for a 4:30pm meeting with Becker. Lasell hosts Anna Maria Saturday at noon.
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