Giorgi's Heroics, O'Sullivan's Four Goals Help Field Hockey Rally at Conn College

Gabrielle Acquista, Field Hockey

New London, CT --- Lindsey Giorgi's (Barre, MA) first career goal was the game-winner with just 2:33 remaining in regulation as WPI kept its perfect season alive with a pulsating 5-4 come-from-behind victory at Conn College on Tuesday afternoon.

The Engineers found themselves down 2-0, 3-2 and 4-3 but rallied to tie it with a career-best four goals by Abby O'Sullivan (Walpole, MA) before Giorgi's heroics sent the Crimson and Gray back to Worcester with a 12-0 record.  With the loss, the Camels fall to 2-9 on the season.

WPI trailed for the final time 3-2 early in the fourth quarter but O'Sullivan drew them even with a goal just 3:20 into the final session.  The Engineers carried the play in the fourth quarter, accounting for all six shots and attempting all four penalty corners.   The guests took their only lead of the game when Bridget Sullivan's (Wilmington, MA) insertion off a corner eventually found the stick of Giorgi, who made her first career goal a memorable one.

The game began at a frantic pace with six goals scored in the first 16:24.   Sophoe Pollinger (Summit, NJ) got the Camels out to a 2-0 advantage with goals 45 seconds and 6:53 into the game.   O'Sullivan responded with a pair of goals 1:49 apart later in the opening period only to see Pollinger complete her first period hat trick with just 17 seconds remaining in the session.

Things started to settle down in the middle two periods as O'Sullivan's goal, assisted by Holly Mason (Plymouth, NH), 1:24 into the second leveled the game at 3-3 before a Meghan Gazard (Ashland, MA) marker, with assists to Hannah Falvey (Hingham, MA) and Abby Marchand (Oak Bluffs, MA), gave the Camels their final lead of the contest 4:11 into the third period.

Rookie netminder Gabrielle Acquista (Longmeadow, MA) picked up her first career victory for WPI, making one save over the final 22:33 while starter Ali Gannon (Fremont, NH) collected eight saves.  The Camels also split time in net with Andi McGraw (Sheffield, MA) making five stops in the first half and Jackie Mountford (Sherborn, MA) notching a save in the second half.

O'Sullivan's big day allowed her to retake the NEWMAC scoring lead.  The junior now has 18 goals in 2019 and 49 in her career.

For the game WPI held a slim 17-5 edge in shots and a 9-6 advantage in penalty corners.

WPI concludes a three-game road trip Thursday afternoon at 4pm versus city rival Worcester State. 

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