WORCESTER – Abby O'Sullivan (Walpole, MA) and Carly Cidado (Easton, MA) each scored a first period goal and Ali Gannon (Fremont, NH) totaled a career high with eight saves for the second consecutive game as WPI remained unbeaten with a 2-1 win over host Worcester State in non-conference field hockey action Thursday afternoon at Coughlin Field.
With the win, the Engineers join Division II No. 1 West Chester with a 13-0 record. The six remaining unbeaten teams in NCAA field hockey also feature Division III No. 2 TCNJ and No. 16 Centre, as well as, Division I No. 1 North Carolina who are all 12-0, and Division III No. 1 Middlebury who is 11-0. For Cidado and the rest of the Class of 2020, the triumph capped off a four-year sweep of the Lancers (12-3).
O'Sullivan, who reached 50 career goals, and Giorgi teamed up for what proved to be the game-winner at 3:38. O'Sullivan then set the table for Cidado with 6:54 left in the opening frame. Worcester State avoided the shutout when Lexie Panagiotopoulos (Lowell, MA) scored off an assist from Olivia Antonelli (Westford, MA) at 49:02.
Jess Hopkins (Chelmsford, MA) turned away five shots for the hosts, who outshot WPI 15-7 overall and 10-7 on-cage. Leading the way was NFHCA Division III Offensive Player of the Week Rachel Hopkins (Chelmsford, MA) with six and two, respectively, and Antonelli finished with a game-best three on-goal. The Lancers also were awarded six of the nine penalty corners in the game.
The Engineers begin a critical three-game stretch beginning with a home date with 2018 NEWMAC Tournament finalist MIT Saturday at noon. Little East-leading Worcester State hosts Eastern Connecticut in its final regular season home game Saturday at 11am.